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Modern Operator Alarm Improvement and Rationalization (February 2021)

The single biggest cause of poor operator alarm performance is inconsistent values of the alarm limits. But existing advice for finding alarm limits is only “put the alarm limits at the boundary of where you normally operate” without practical advice for finding that boundary across hundreds of variables. This is where GPC and the parallel plot can make a revolutionary change in approach.

In this webinar from February 2021 you will see the modern method of rationalization by locating the Operating Window and Envelope of any chosen set of objectives and setting alarm limits around its boundary, as well as the usefulness of being able to see and compare Windows and Envelopes for different operating objectives and the benefits of predicting Alarm Performance with immediate feedback instead of waiting weeks until after the new alarms have been implemented.


Using GPC to Reduce Variability, Increase Efficiency and Make More Money (January 2021)

Geometric Process Control (GPC), the only technology for viewing and exploiting fully multi-dimensional operating envelopes, brings proven benefits in productivity and safety to the many sites using it. This free webinar provides an overview of the technology with real-world application examples.

GPC lets engineers make fuller use of historic data than they have ever considered, enabling more questions to be asked and answered. By reducing process variability and targeting best operation, this provides measurable benefits in reducing costs, improving uptime, increasing quality, and providing a safer process. Operating envelopes connect business strategy, operations management and process operations, contributing to OpEx implementation.

In this webinar from January 2021 we present cases where our users have reduced energy costs, improved process reliability, and streamlined alarm improvement. Showcasing GPC in a fully visual way that makes the correlations and dependences clear without detailed mathematical background. 

Driving Operational Excellence: the Science Linking Operating Envelopes and KPIs (December 2020)

A key part of Operational Excellence (OpEx) is implementing a business culture that uses appropriate leading and lagging Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to drive business objectives. Leading KPIs are used to inform real-time operations, and poor KPIs that are contradictory or don’t contribute to lagging KPI achievement are common, and impair, rather than enabling, the execution of business strategy.

Operating Envelopes, the full multi-dimensional relationship between process variables links the process, leading, and lagging KPIs. By using this envelope based on historic operation, potential KPIs can be identified and evaluated for consistency, both with one another, but also in driving lagging KPIs and business targets. Geometric Process Control (GPC), pioneered by PPCL, makes this possible and should be part of any process-based Operational Excellence program.

In this webinar delivered in December 2020, we will show you how the full feed-to-product process operating envelope can be visualized along with current and potential KPI targets. This allows the suitability and consistency of leading and lagging KPIs to be evaluated and improved, providing the link missing today.

Discover how Operating Envelopes take batch processes to new levels of performance (November 2020) 

Have you got a Multi-Mode, Multi-Phase or Grade Transition process?

Many continuous processes have just one Normal Operating Mode (other than StartUp and Shutdown) and thus just one Normal Operating Envelope. But some processes have more than one normal Operating Mode or Phase and thus have to have more than one Normal Operating Envelope and have to be able to switch Operations between them.

In this webinar I will show you how easy it is with GPC (Geometric Process Control) to separate the individual multi-variable operating envelopes for each Mode, Phase or Transition and then have GPC automatically build linked real-time Operating Envelope models for each one for much better operator alarms, open-loop operator guidance, fault prediction and closed-loop control. No maths or equations or advanced maths qualifications needed and designed for use by the front-line process, control and automation engineers who have the best knowledge of their process and its actual operating limitations and practices. It's no more difficult than creating a single-Envelope model for a continuous process, as you have seen demonstrated in many of our other webinars. It just takes a little longer.

How does GPC compare to other methods of modelling multi-envelope processes? We think the odds are heavily stacked in favour of GPC but that’s our opinion and is something that is really for you to decide. So view this webinar from November 2020 and decide!

Modern Operator Alarm Improvement and Rationalization (October 2020)

Operator alarms are there to allow the process and its control systems to tell the operator the process is outside its operating window and needs his help. if messages are too late or often false (cry wolf!) the operators will quickly learn to distrust them and depend instead on their own vigilance leading to greater variability in process operation.

The single biggest cause of poor operator alarm performance is an inconsistent set of values of the alarm limits. The missing understanding has been that alarm limits are not independent of each other but are linked by an Operating Envelope or Operating Window spanning many hundreds or even thousands of variables from different data bases. Operating Envelopes are the missing link between Process Capability and Operating Objectives and so give new understanding to the fundamentals of alarm floods. Better operator alarms make money for your plant by reducing operational variability, which delivers a reduction in operating costs and, in cases where throughput is increased, to a reduction in the unit costs of production. Conversely, poor operator alarms cost you money every single day by allowing unnecessary variability.

In this webinar from October 2020 you will see the usefulness of being able to see and compare Windows and Envelopes for different operating objectives and the benefits of predicting Alarm Performance with immediate feedback instead of waiting weeks until after the new alarms have been implemented in the control room before you know if performance has been improved.


Operational Process Improvement: You Already have the Data (September 2020)

You already have the data for enormous potential in improving plant operation through making operational changes to capture, repeat, and improve best historic operation. Understanding your process behavior is key to unlocking benefits such as higher throughput, better product, lowest costs, less waste, and more uptime.

This webinar, as presented by Dr Alan Mahoney, will show you visual tools that engineering and operations can use to extract and exploit the wealth of information available. Thus demonstrating a straightforward visual method of quickly finding consistent limits for operating windows that capture desired performance for many variables at once.

Build your own Model for detecting Process Disturbances and Faults (August 2020)

How well do you understand and avoid faults and disruptions in your plant? Are you stopped by the typical barriers of cost and engineering time?

Events which follow from unrecognized process disturbances and equipment faults are responsible for huge costs in process plants through downtime and degraded production. Identifying and understanding these causes is hampered by the resources available and the complex datasets involved

In this webinar from August 2020, we'll show you how to quickly and easily understand the causes of process disturbances by building real-time models which alert operators of impending degraded process operation. We’ll include case studies that illustrate the ease of investigation and model building, and include some successful impacts of real-time monitoring.

Take a concrete step towards improving the stability, efficiency and availability of your process by registering now for a webinar. There’s no charge and you are welcome to invite colleagues to attend.

Linking Process Operations to Strategy Achievement (July 2020)

Implementing Operational Excellence in process plants involves driving process operations to best achieve the business’s strategic objectives. Key to success are KPIs (Key Performance Indicators). Poor KPI performance, as demonstrated in reports and dashboards, often indicates the existence of a problem, but rarely conveys the cause, giving no guidance to the process operator to make improvements.

Defining leading KPIs that are consistent with each other, and which drive achievement of the lagging KPIs, is essential for Operational Excellence to work, but how can it be done? Often KPI targets have been set by different, geographically distributed departments staffed by different disciplines and with different business focuses. Does improving KPIs really improve business strategy? Or are they contradictory, unrealistic or even impossible? It is straightforward to address these questions with a coordinated approach based around the full feed-to-product process operating envelope.

Geometric Process Control, an innovative new technology developed here at PPCL provides the way to quickly and easily see such operating envelopes across hundreds of variables. Potential KPIs and targets can immediately be evaluated and compared, and contradictions or difficulties are immediately visible. Performance monitoring and reporting become clear and consistent for everyone involved, allowing process refinement and increasing understanding of how KPIs interact.

In this webinar first delivered in July 2020, you’ll discover more about our fast, practical, no-math approach to extracting the information and insight buried in your process history data. 

Improving Energy Efficiency in Process Plants (May 2020)

Energy use, both as a direct cost, but also reflecting environmental impact, is a dominant constraint in many industries. Many processes were designed under very different assumptions and, generally, using more energy speeds reactions, simplifies separations and improves overall process operations - but all of that has costs.

In this webinar, first delivered in May 2020, we use our novel process control technology to show how to make processes easier to operate without increasing energy usage while replicating the lowest energy usage found in past operation that hits the operating targets. We share some success stories in oil and gas production. Once it is known how the plant should be operated it becomes easy to compare that with how it operates now and calculate the cost advantage to making operating changes.  


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PPCL Webinar: Improving Energy Efficiency in Process Plants
17th and 18th March

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