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Is advanced control ready for prime time

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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
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