Process Control & APC
Optimal PID control and Advanced Process Control stabilize your plant
Improve quality, reliability, efficiency, and sustainability with control systems designed to optimize your operations.
What are Process Control Solutions?
Optimizing plant operations
Base layer controls, containing mainly PID controllers, form the backbone of automatic control systems in refineries, (petro)chemical installations, power plants and other processes. Optimizing plant operations starts with optimizing the base layer controls. Designing the optimal control structures and tuning them after implementation are the most important phases.
A possible next step after optimizing the base layer controllers is the implementation of an APC system. This system will push the unit to the optimal operating points, whereby e.g. throughput is maximized, energy consumption is minimized, product quality is more consistent or a combination of these targets.
Our services and tools
PID Control & Tuning
Optimal base layer control starts with a good control design. Then tune all the PID loops such that every single loop in your plant is in auto mode and keeps all your process parameters at the desired setpoint 24/7.
Advanced Process Control
APC systems maintain your operation at the optimal operating point. APC improves product yield, maximizes throughput, increases your plant’s efficiency under varying feedstock quality and operating conditions.
Models based on historical data convert measurements such as temperature, pressure and flow rate to predict variations in production qualities. Softsensor output are used in control to optimize production.
Generate benefits on top of an advanced process control application, by capturing the non-linearities of the process and determining the most optimal operating point, in closed loop.
Build by process control engineers for engineers in the industry. INCATOOLS has all you need to tune ALL your loops. INCATOOLS has all the tools to build a complete MPC system and maintain it for many years.
Process Control Training
IPCOS’ PID tuning training course will teach you how to efficiently tune your PID controllers “first time right”. Learn to optimize your PID controllers from the experts with real field experience.
Reduction in (specific) energy consumption
Typical payback time for an APC implementation
Reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions
Stabilize and Optimize Plant Operations
Reduce process disturbances
Correctly tuned PID controllers and APC systems minimize the effects of disturbances. This allows you to keep the plant operating at or near the optimal operating point under all conditions.
Increase plant efficiency
Avoid the over-consumption of cooling water, electricity, steam, air and feedstock. Make more with less!
Reduce wear and tear
Optimal controls prevent process oscillations, resulting in less thermal and mechanical stress on the equipment. This has a major positive impact on production run lengths.
Increase product quality
Reduce variations in product quality by automatically measuring and adjusting key process parameters to maintain the optimal quality at all times.
Less operator interventions
Good base layer controls guarantee less alarms and less unnecessary operator interventions. APC brings you closer to handsfree operations.
Increase plant profitability
Optimal controls help you to increase the revenue and reduce the costs, while maintaining the product quality and the process safety. You win on all fronts.
Optimizing equipment performance and plant operations
Both PID control and Advanced Process Control solutions improve industrial process quality, reliability, efficiency, and sustainability. APC acts as a super control layer on top of well-tuned PID loops, so that it strengthens and expands the benefits of good PID control.