Different departments in a company utilize different methods to measure the performance of an asset
Although every body agrees that “Garbage in” means “garbage out” it is still common practice to work with bad data
Measuring performance accurately means that it should be measured at the different levels starting with the instrumentation, the base layer controllers up to the complete unit and site. At every level the measurement should be accurate and consistent. Many companies apply the performance monitoring approach only at 1 or 2 levels.
The benefits of Performance Monitoring
Measuring performance in real time allows to detect performance degradation at an early stage. The losses due to the degradation will be limited to a minimum
Degrading performance can be onset of major problems. Early detection results in the avoidance of unplanned plant shutdowns
Consistent performance measurement will allow corporate managers to benchmark individual plants within the organisation. Benchmarking to competing plants becomes also possible
From now on decisions about future investments will be based on more accurate numbers
If improvements are small in engineering units, but big in euros or dollars accuracy is key.
What defines IPCOS Performance Monitoring?
PID Control loop performance monitoring: at the DCS/PLC level measure online the performance of all (up to thousands) of PID loops. Where are the manual PID controllers and why are they in manual? Is it bad tuning? A bad control design? Faulty hardware? …. Watch this webinar about PID performance.
APC performance monitoring: measure in real time (or at least frequently) the performance of an APC controller will result in no lost benefits. It is the ideal way to organize the APC maintenance. Watch these webinars on KPI’s for APC and APC Maintenance.
Start with high quality data. IPCOS can help you to provide your performance monitoring systems with better data
Use the right tools. There are many in the market. IPCOS has built up expertise with many of these tools. We can help you to select the right tool for the job
Keep it simple. Many tools generate a huge amount of data. Often not all data is relevant for you. Build the tools you need
Use the right dashboards for every user. Different users want to see different things. IPCOS has the expertise to generate the dashboards for all levels in the organisation.