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3 Process Control Strategies You Need To Know

Posted by John V. Twork on 2/15/17 11:30 AM

Petrochemical Plant Sampling

The logic forming the basis of the old saying “what you can’t measure, you can’t control” has justified generations of increasingly sophisticated process monitoring and control technologies. As the requirements for continually improved manufacturing processes evolve, this trend will drive future research, development, and implementation.

Process sampling – either automatic or manual – will serve as the interface between the process and a variety of key variables measured in the lab. Consistency is key to process control sampling.

Accordingly, the need for improving the quality of process data to leverage the advancing capabilities of laboratory analysis and the introduction of novel control techniques may well require the increased use of programmable, automatic samplers as well as detailed training of plant operators.

Lab measurements comprise the input to three process control strategies - closed-loop control, engineering process control, and statistical process control - discussed in the white paper available for download.

Upon download, you’ll learn:

  • Three process control strategies and keys to adaptable sampling
  • Important considerations for evaluating the value of a grab sample analysis used for process control
  • Determination of an adequate process sampling rate in a manufacturing process
  • Methodology of sampling of batch processes for determining process variability
  • The importance of operator training in the proper procedures for process sampling

Advances in both measurement technology and process control will continue to amaze in the near future. Process engineers desiring to stay up to date on continually changing measurement technology and process control will appreciate this white paper’s critical insights needed to optimize processes. Knowing the adaptable sampling strategies discussed will help implementation of appropriate sophisticated instrumentation or control strategies to improve manufacturing processes.

So start measuring and get in control by completing the form to download your free copy now!

Three Process Control Strategies You Need To Know

Topics: Downstream

Written by John V. Twork

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John V. Twork is a Senior Process Analytical Scientist with expertise in selection of appropriate instrumentation to address control and measurement issues. His breadth of experience encompasses scientific, engineering, operational, and organizational aspects of advanced instrumentation. John served as a subject matter expert within industrial and academic environments and company-wide resource to address measurement applications ranging from physical parameters to online composition analyzers. He is a consultant on next generation products as well as developing innovative techniques to support and enhance current products.