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Process Control Case Histories by Gregory K. McMillan

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Advanced Control Algorithms: Beware of False Prophecies

I have been to a lot of supposedly Advanced Process Control Symposia. In attending these supposedly high-level programs, I have seen more new predictors, observers, and compensators than anyone could possibly want, need, or evaluate.

The people who develop these algorithms must find it exciting to perform mathematical magic, prove the results on simulators predestined to do just that, then talk or write about their achievements. They certainly can’t be getting much satisfaction from the widespread disinterest on the parts of practitioners who daily deal with industrial realities. It is probably unfair, but processing plants simply don’t behave like simulations where everything is as the ...

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