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Appendix A

Additional Opportunity Assessment Questions

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Increase Benefits in all areas a. Do you have loops not running in the highest design mode (e.g., auto, cascade, supervisory) because of oscillations, poor control, upsets? Look for improvement by the use of auto tuners, gain scheduling, fast reproducible measurements, better loop designs, and negligible valve stick-slip. b. Do you have upsets (bumps) on critical process parameters from process interactions? Look for model predictive control to decouple and anticipate upsets. c. Do you have upsets from cycling back and forth across a split range point? Look for ways to eliminate split range or make transitions smoother with model predictive control. d. Do you have a tool to define correlations and interactions in systems? Install a performance monitoring-system and advanced data-analysis tools. e. Do you have bad measurements that you can't rely on? Improve measurements by using advanced technologies. Calculate batch averages and alert on deviations. (e.g., Don't rely on pH for endpoint detection if curve is different from previous good batches.) f. Do you have areas you can't control because they are hard to measure? Calculate property estimators from other measurements and design new control schemes.

g. On continuous processes, do you have ratios installed on related flow loops or is everything set individually based on max feed rates? Ratio control can be installed on wastewater409

anti foam)-to-filter or column-feed rate. other parameters (temperatures.)? Compare plant systems to the lab (theoretical) and look for differences. waste waters and big motors switched off on temporary shutdowns? Implement systems that will shut off these systems automatically on temporary and other shutdowns.g. In the areas where byproducts are made. Reduce energy and utilities a. Improve yields a. h. additives (soap. c. Calculate and control minimum required purge or vent rates. Redesign plant system to match lab situation as close as possible. etc. heat-up or cooling rates)? If so.410 Advanced Control Unleashed to-feed rate. or reduce cycle time? d. Do you have manually set purge or vent flows? Look for ways to control them and ratio them to product flows. agitation. Would more accurate endpoint detection improve yield or quality? Consider rate-of-change indication of one or more measurements after a designated batch time or feed total as an endpoint indicator. generate fewer byproducts. 2. oil. e. don't try to control the variable itself but use a RATE calculation for the loop PV and SP to control the rate of rise.. b. 3. Are you interested in controlling rate of change of a variable (e. hold times. Do you run dryer temperatures just high enough with good controls or do you run always well above critical "wet" . Are steam. Do you run your recovery systems just high enough to recover products at the strengths you need to reuse them? Higher purity will require more energy and create more effluent. can you look for other sequences. Do you have sequential batch loads in your reactors? Would parallel feed additions or ratio control improve reaction. The new loop can be used as an override controller where a signal selector chooses the safest controller output. improve quality and yield. does it take a long time for the variable to really start to move and once moving does it go into an overshoot (or undershoot)? Use a headstart by putting the valve fully open or closed in the beginning and bring only into control when coming close to the desired set point. i. On set point changes. b. utilities. steam-to-column or reactor-feed rate.

Can you reuse second waste waters as first waste water for filtering your products? When byproducts are created can you think about the cause (e. compressor pressure.Appendix A . hot spots on heating coils. Reduce operating cost a. Do you blow rupture discs and activate relief valves due to manual disoperation or bad control systems? Use better control and automate to reduce safety risk and possible down time. overpressures etc. Reduce maintenance cost a.g. b. Reduce effluent a. c. 6. refrigeration unit temperature. energy consumption and production rates. c. analyzed.. Could smoother control (reduced thermal and pressure shocks) or tighter control (less byproduct and contamination) increase time between repairing.g. boiler pressure) until user valves reach maximum controllable position? Consider a valve-position controller to optimize use. b. Are critical quality and economic variables calculated. overloaded.)? Automate startup procedures and best operating practices for equipment.Additional Opportunity Assessment Questions 411 temperature? Install better controls (feedforward from feed) and adjust set points for lower energy usages. Can you downsize over-designed pumps and motors? Can you eliminate flow valves with variable-frequency drives for motors? 4. Can you automate fieldwork to reduce the manpower needed to operate your plant? b. d. Make operator aware to keep operating costs under control. pumps cavitating. and indicated online? Give operator information on yields.. Could you reduce energy sources (e. poor agitation.. rework amounts. Did you think about reusing your waste streams back into your process? Hot water and condensate can be reused for heating purposes or as reactor ingredients. bad mixing) and adjust controls to reduce byproducts? 5.g. etc. Can you re-schedule your operations better in time so you can send people to other departments or use operators to help on maintenance during shutdown periods? c. Do you have maintenance costs due to poor operation (e. replacing or cleaning equipment? .

412 Advanced Control Unleashed 7. Improve product quality a. Switch off reset into constraint direction to run closer. feed rates. Do you produce rework because the operator sometimes makes human mistakes? Look for automation in the areas where most mistakes are being made. feedforward. b. Can you reduce the number of lab analyses by improved endpoint detections and automation resulting in more consistency? Analyze lab results using SPC and adjust frequency. Are all your operating instructions clear. and model predictive control to improve quality and capacity without violating constraints. How close are you running to constraints (critical reaction temperatures. don't want "Low Flow" alarm when pump is stopped). b. Do you have too many or too few alarms? Is the operator alerted in advance and is he not confused by too many alarms? Make alarms smart (e. Does the operator have easy access to information when something goes wrong? Can he do his troubleshooting when things fail? Provide help displays with dynamic information and instructions on what to do to correct. etc.)? Use advanced control to run closer to or "ride" constraints. Do you automatically capture product parameter settings when quality is good? Use last-run data on startups to compare and find ideal settings for each product. it is controllable. 8. Reduce lab cost a. Can you measure or calculate constraints from existing measurements? Once measurable. up-to-date and easily accessible? Use unique process parameter descriptions and units to avoid confusing the operator at any time. Use override controls. Reduce rework a. b. Use advanced alarm handling and logging. pressures.g. dead-time compensators. . 10. Can you install in-line analyzers and control to reduce the number of lab analyses? It will also reduce cycle time if you don't have to wait for lab results. rate-of-change control. 9. b. c. valve constraint controllers.. Reduce shutdowns and upsets a.

improved burner performances etc. Use problem reports. combining hold periods with cooling. feed lines. Reduce cycle time a. etc. Color display access numbers to reflect mode changes and interlock condition status. and washing). better insulation. rework or shutdowns? Learn from mistakes and set actions to prevent their happening again.g. f.. g. Look for methods to reduce transition times and set operating parameters for every product. Do you have buffer tanks in between batch and continuous processes? Smart level control can be used to prevent shutdowns in continuous process by looking at batch cycle times and smoothing continuous feed on batch problems (see Appendix B). and valves? . Can you eliminate concurrent actions that slow down your process (e.Additional Opportunity Assessment Questions 413 c. Display interlock and bypass status on control system. Do you have interlocks shutting you down? Is it easy to track what exactly happened? Put all the interlocks (soft wired and copy hardwired) into an automation system and provide alarms and dynamic-interlock help displays for all interlock conditions. d.. h. blowing cold air in a tank for mixing purposes while heating it up)? c.g. upsets. using head starts. Can product changeover (transition) time be reduced? Automate changeover operations (emptying. Can you prepare premixes in separate tanks in parallel with other sequences. 11. e. Can you reduce batch cycle times by eliminating unnecessary waits and introducing parallel sequences (e. cleaning. Do you have a system set up to track every problem and fault that generates upsets. Does automation level define IF-THEN actions to be performed by software when something goes wrong? Do not just stop and give control to the operator.)? d.)? b.Appendix A . better agitation. starting heating before loading. Do you have shutdowns. Can you speed up heating times and cooling times by using energy more efficiently (colder water. and use bigger pumps. and incidents due to bypassing of interlocks? Use interlock-bypass procedures and indications (forms).

Can you replace weighing systems with mass-flow meters? Mass flow can also be calculated for raw materials from flow. f. if the variable doesn't move toward that condition (anymore)? If not the system would wait forever and the operator will find out too late. Can you redesign process parameters and interlock settings based on experience from the past? Adapt settings to process evolution.414 Advanced Control Unleashed e. temperature and pressure measurements. Coriolis mass flow is more accurate than load cells and can reduce batch load times and cycle times dramatically. Could automation of existing adjustments eliminate the need for a blend or adjustment tank? b. h. Avoid costs for other investments a. 12. Is the operator informed and warned when a system is waiting for a variable to reach a condition. Can automation and the associated improvement in consistency of operation reduce the risk for disoperation that causes spills and technical incidents? . Could you detect endpoints sooner? Consider rate of change or sustained change detection. g. Configure multiple dynamic waits.

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