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Can Instrumentation and Process Control Increase Profit?

By Michael A Taube on 25 June 17 Blog

Often, we think we are talking about the same thing when it comes out that we are talking about different subjects thinking the other person was on the same wavelength. So, let’s start with what is instrumentation and process control. Instrumentation and process control is one of the most critical aspects of any modern petrochemical operation.  It’s designing and implementing analog and digital control devices, instrumentation, to control the operation of the plant. Herein, we are focused on HPI instrumentation and process control.

In any substantial processing or refining operation, there must be a group of people who understand the entire process on a highly granular level. These are process control engineers.  They are empowered to utilize this analog and digital instrumentation, and computers to be able to maintain all levels and tolerances to ensure smooth operation of the plant, in other words control the production process,  on a day-by-day basis with as little as possible input from operating personnel. Their task as well as is ultimately guaranteeing the plant can meet the demands of its clients in terms of specifications and production amount.  In many cases, these process control engineers and specialists may be future-facing as well, investigating improvements to the processes which could be implemented.  

What Processes Are Overseen by Instrumentation and Process Control Specialists?

Nearly all aspects related to the physical engineering and process flow would be within their domain, such as temperature levels, pressure, flow rates, emissions, and so forth.  They are also responsible for overseeing all equipment involved in controlling these factors.

In many cases, especially in up-to-date modernized plants, the control engineers will be closely involved in the development of automation and robotics systems intended to maintain consistency throughout the plant.  Today, these automation systems are necessary, not just a luxury, for ensuring the petrochemical operation is capable of operating at high levels of efficiency for long periods of time with minimal disruption while maintaining product specifications and producing at target levels.

So, What Does Instrumentation and Process Control Have to Do with Profit?

Let’s look at a few items impacted by instrumentation and process control:

  • Production capacity
  • Production efficiency
  • Manpower
  • Margins of error
  • Product quality, product specification
  • Plant emissions 
  • Energy usage in the production process, energy costs
  • Additives, reaction components consumed in the production process
  • Safety and costly accident prevention

There is nothing within a HPI plant that is more important and contributes more to each of these items on a day-to-day operation basis.  And, each one of these items impacts the bottom line helping to determine the difference between the cost of operation and profit gained from operation.  It is even a fact that an excellent team of instrumentation and process control engineers can turn a standard processing facility into a profit generating facility by engineering the instrumentation, analog and digital control devices and computers to control each of these items and create more profit.  Thus, instrumentation and process control along with excellent process control engineering can increase profit.

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