Maximizing the Return on Your Control Investment – Part 1

At Emerson Exchange, 2011, I had the pleasure of working with James Beall, Principal Control Consultant, Emerson Process Management to host a workshop that addresses how to get the maximum return from your control investment.

The design and commissioning of the controls associated with a continuous or batch process directly impact plant operating efficiency and production quality and throughput. In this session James and I review techniques that may be used to identify control opportunities to reduce production costs, minimize variations in product quality and to maximize production within the limits set by market demand. Starting with an assessment of control loop utilization and automatic control performance, a step by step process is outlined that may be used to identifying and addressing areas where it is possible to justified the time and material costs required to improve control performance. In particular, information is provided on how to quickly tune single loop control and to recognize when variations in control loop performance are not associated with loop tuning. An overview will be provided of tools and techniques that may be used to achieve best control performance over a wide variety of operating conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about these topics, then the viewer below may be used to access the workshop presentation given on Wednesday, October 25. This presentation is around 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.

Also, the viewer controls may be used to download the power point file used in this presentation.