Monthly Archive: January 2008

Jan
28

Fifths Rule

I tend to be descriptive instead of proscriptive in my discussion of process control and improvement. This may be due to my interest in the scientific method and concepts rather than details that may only be good for specific sets of conditions. However, there are certain rules of thumb based on solid principles that serve …

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Jan
22

Now for Something Completely Different

About every year since 1985, I wrote a book whether I needed to or not. Some of the books were written to entertain my self and hopefully others by adding a humorous view point to what is normally a very a serious profession. In 2006 my contribution to this unique endeavor was The Life and …

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Jan
14

Biggest Opportunities for Process Control Improvement – The Operator (Training Part 2)

The virtual plant offers a break through in training and knowledge discovery but its potential depends upon the ability to develop dynamic simulations that capture the process relationships and response important for process understanding and control. The best practice of practical real time simulation could easily fill a book but I need to wind this …

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Jan
07

Biggest Opportunities for Process Control Improvement – The Operator (Training Part 1)

Around 1984, there was a breakthrough in use of simulation for checkout and training. Software packages, such as MIMIC and its predecessor SIMVOX, automatically generated tieback simulations from the configuration and the input and output (I/O) cards and emulated the serial communication between the simulation and the DCS. These packages enabled the simulation to read …

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