Manufacturers are increasingly demanding advanced process control, APC, on more units and utilized by more controllers. APC has even been utilized in utility and steam systems.
APC has traditionally been the province of dedicated specialists with years of training and experience. “Building, deploying and maintaining a system used to require on-site expertise, using multiple sets of tools for each controller.” -Elinor Price from Aspen Technology
APC programs eliminate the need to transition between multiple applications, to consolidate and preserve process knowledge. These more efficient operations allow better cooperation between process engineers and control engineers. By tracking and storing all of these data points from multiple different stations newly hired engineers can troubleshoot issues that crop up during procedures.
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