Is advanced control ready for prime time

Is advanced control ready for prime time - Fuzzy logic can...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
By Dan Hebert, Senior Technical Editor, PE THERE ARE a multitude of advanced process control (APC) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions available for process applications. These solutions can provide process optimization, predict failures, and simulate process variables that are difficult or impossible to measure. Solutions not only are available, they’re also field-proven. That’s the good news. The bad news is that APC and AI won’t work unless applied and maintained by automation professionals that know the process, understand the basic principles of APC/AI, and possess computer skills. “Personnel involved in advanced process control projects need a minimum level of familiarity with computers and process control fundamentals,” says Fred Woolfrey, a productivity solutions consultant with Yokogawa Corp. of America . Paul Kesseler, the manager for North America APC Solutions at Invensys Process Systems , seconds this opinion. “While the software tools are relatively easy to work with, applying them to the right objectives and operating and maintaining them effectively is challenging. We work closely with customers to target APC solutions, configure the software, and train control engineers. But, no matter how well defined the application or well trained the operator, making the most of APC requires thinking about processes in an entirely different
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/16/2010 for the course INDUSTRIAL 12345 taught by Professor Mehmettas during the Spring '10 term at Harvard.

Page1 / 2

Is advanced control ready for prime time - Fuzzy logic can...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online