Global pact: Advanced process controls to benefit hydrocarbon industry


Dallas, TX —Hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) plants will use previously untapped production capacity with advanced process control technologies as a result of an agreement between Invensys Process Systems and Cutler Technology Corp. (CTC), say the two companies. At a press conference at its customer conference here last week, Invensys announced that the recent agreement makes it a global re-seller and certified implementer for CTC's patented adaptive dynamic matrix controller (ADMC) technology. CTC says ADMC is the first major development in advanced process control (APC) in 30 years.

The move makes Invensys the largest authorized CTC re-seller and certified implementer with nearly 300 advanced control, simulation, and process optimization solution consultants worldwide. Invensys says the ADMC technology will play an important role in its asset performance management strategy by helping refineries, petrochemical plants, and other complex process plants get more capacity from a production-constrained business environment. Invensys noted, however, that its SimSci-Esscor 's Connoisseur multivariable predictive controller will remain its preferred product for central station and industrial power plants.

ADMC—developed by Dr. Charles Cutler, inventor of dynamic matrix control and DMCplus, a popular multivariable controller technology in the HPI—is the only adaptive multivariable controller available, the companies said. The technology uses an open loop (all valve) process model, eliminating PID process controllers from the control hierarchy for solving many problems encountered with conventional APC technology in complex, interactive HPT processes. ADMC lets the controller automatically adapt to process changes, which can improve performance and minimize support costs. It also can use the full range of control valves, permitting the controller to operate safely with valves fully open. Maintaining optimum control with valves fully open can help capacity-restrained plants increase production 2 to 3%, the companies say.

For more about increasing productivity from Control Engineering , click here to read, 'Adaptive Controllers Work Smarter, not Harder.'

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security