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Advanced Control Foundation – Tools, Techniques and Applications

Authors Terrence Blevins, Willy K. Wojzsnis and Mark Nixon, Published September 1, 2012

Advanced Control Foundation – Tools, Techniques and ApplicationsDescription: In this book, the authors address the concepts and terminology that are needed to apply advanced control techniques in the process industry. The book is written for the process or control engineer that is familiar with traditional control but has little or no experience in designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining advanced control applications. Each chapter of the book is structured to allow a person to quickly understand the technology and how it is applied. Application examples are used to show what is required to address an application. Also, a section of each chapter is dedicated to a more in-depth discussion of the technology for the reader that is interested in understanding the mathematical basis for the technology. A workshop is provided at the end of each chapter that explores the technology. The reader may view the workshop solution by going to the web site that accompanies the book, http://www.advancedcontrolfoundation.com/.

The book provides comprehensive coverage of the major advanced control techniques that are most commonly used in the process industry. This includes tools for monitoring control system performance, on-demand and adaptive tuning techniques, model predictive control, LP optimization, data analytics for batch and continuous processes, fuzzy logic control, neural networks and advancements in PID to use with wireless measurements. Since many readers may work with an existing DCS that does not support advanced control, a chapter of the book is dedicated to tools and techniques that the authors have found useful in integrating advanced control tools into an existing control system. Also, one chapter of the book addresses how dynamic process simulations may be easily created in a DCS to support checkout and operator training on the use of advanced control.

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Control Loop Foundation – Batch and Continuous Processes

Authors Terrence Blevins and Mark Nixon, Published September 30, 2010

Control Loop Foundation - Batch and Continuous ProcessesDescription: In this in-depth book, the authors address the concepts and terminology that are needed to work in the field of process control. The material is presented in a straightforward manner that is independent of the control system manufacturer. It is assumed that the reader may not have worked in a process plant environment and may be unfamiliar with the field devices and control systems. Much of the material on the practical aspects of control design and process applications is based on the authors personal experience gained in working with process control systems. Thus, the book is written to act as a guide for engineers, managers, technicians, and others that are new to process control or experienced control engineers who are unfamiliar with multi-loop control techniques. After the traditional single-loop and multi-loop techniques that are most often used in industry are covered, a brief introduction to advanced control techniques is provided. Whether the reader of this book is working as a process control engineer, working in a control group or working in an instrument department, the information will set the solid foundation needed to understand and work with existing control systems or to design new control applications.

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WirelessHART: Real-Time Mesh Network for Industrial Automation

Authors Mark Nixon, Deji Chen, Aloysius Mok, Published April 22, 2010

WirelessHART: Real-Time Mesh Network for Industrial AutomationDescription: WirelessHART™: Real-Time Mesh Network for Industrial Automation presents the WirelessHART Standard in detail and wireless industrial automation in general. This book strives to facilitate the adoption of wireless technology in industrial automation, and introduces the research potential of the wireless industrial automation to the academics.

This book is designed for practitioners and researchers working in the wireless process industry. Advanced-level students and researchers focusing on engineering and computer science will find this book valuable as a secondary text or reference book.

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Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements in the Process Industry: A Guide to Design, Configuration, Installation, and Maintenance

Author Gregory K. McMillan, Published January 2, 2010

Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements in the Process Industry: A Guide to Design, Configuration, Installation, and MaintenanceDescription: Advances in sensor technology and in digital positioner and variable speed drive algorithms, combined with smart features, offer a step change in the performance of modern measurement instruments and final elements. The installed accuracy of many smart instruments has increased by an order of magnitude. There has been a correspondingly dramatic reduction in the drift of transmitters and a similar improvement in the resolution of control valves.

This comprehensive resource aims to increase awareness of the opportunities afforded by modern measurement instruments and final elements, and to show how to get maximum benefit from the revolution in smart technologies. It builds an understanding of the fundamental aspects of measurements, measurement instruments, and final elements for applications in the process industry. The terminology and ideas presented provide a firm foundation for subsequent chapters that focus on what is needed for lowest life-cycle cost and best automation system performance. The last chapter provides a comprehensive exploration of the technology that supports the rapidly expanding opportunities of WirelessHART instrumentation.

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New Directions in Bioprocess Modeling and Control: Maximizing Process Analytical Technology Benefits

Authors Gregory K. McMillan and Michael A. Boudreau, Published September 19, 2006

New Directions in Bioprocess Modeling and Control: Maximizing Process Analytical Technology BenefitsDescription: Models offer benefits even before they are put on line. Based on years of experience, the authors reveal in New Directions in Bioprocess Modeling and Control that significant improvements can result from the process knowledge and insight that are gained when building experimental and first-principle models for process monitoring and control. Doing modeling in the process development and early commercialization phases is advantageous because it increases process efficiency and provides ongoing opportunities for improving process control. This technology is important for maximizing benefits from analyzers and control tool investments.

If you are a process design, quality control, information systems, or automation engineer in the biopharmaceutical, brewing, or bio-fuel industry, this handy resource will help you define, develop, and apply a virtual plant, model predictive control, first-principle models, neural networks, and multivariate statistical process control. The synergistic knowledge discovery on bench top or pilot plant scale can be ported to industrial scale processes. This learning process is consistent with the intent in the Process Analyzer and Process Control Tools sections of the FDA s Guidance for Industry PAT A Framework for Innovative Pharmaceutical Development, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance.

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Advanced pH Measurement and Control, 3rd Edition

Authors Gregory K. McMillan and Robert A. Cameron, Published Oct 30, 2004

Advanced pH Measurement and Control, 3rd EditionFrom the Inside Flap: This best-selling book is now expanded and updated, providing a clear, concise, and comprehensive view of how to select, install, and maintain electrodes, control valves, and control strategies for pH applications critical for product and water quality in the process industry. The book covers every aspect of system design including the mixing and reagent piping requirements that are important for a successful application. The essential concepts are summarized as key insights and the best practices are presented as rules of thumb throughout the book. The emerging capability of dynamic online pH estimators is explored to make existing pH measurements faster and more reliable. The latest developments in advanced batch control, adaptive control, linear reagent demand control, and model predictive control are presented to reduce reagent consumption and variability. A Microsoft® Excel workbook file is included that lets users generate titration curves and analyze pH control system performance. A virtual plant is also offered to prototype and study pH control systems. The dynamic process models and control system modules for the virtual plant require the use of DeltaV SimulatePro and HYSYS Plant licenses.

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Advanced Control Unleashed: Plant Performance Management for Optimum Benefit

Authors Terrence L. Blevins, Gregory K. McMillan, Willy K. Wojsznis, and Michael W. Brown, Published October 1, 2002

Advanced Control Unleashed: Plant Performance Management for Optimum BenefitFrom the Inside Flap: This book is a guide for both experienced engineers as well as newcomers to advanced control. It serves as a bridge between theoretical concepts and effective practical implementations. The major topics are: * Setting a foundation, finding the opportunities, and estimating the benefits for advanced control * Using Auto Tuners * Applying Model Predictive Control and integrating optimization techniques * Getting the most out of Dynamic Estimators, Abnormal Situation Management, and Fuzzy Logic Control * Employing dynamic simulations of processes and control systems for design, prototyping, and training * Setting up an online system for automated analysis and evaluation of control system and process performance Each topic is summarized to capture important concepts, rules of thumb and best practices. The book includes a CD with practical design, simulation, and implementation examples. This interactive learning environment includes overviews by the authors and video demonstrations that make key examples in the book come alive. Configuration and case files are supplied for a hands-on experience and PowerPoint files suitable for lectures on each unit are included on the CD. Reading the book and observing the simulation exercises offers the shortest path for getting the most value out of applying advanced control. The book should be a good companion for every engineer practicing advanced control.

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