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Process Control Case Histories by Gregory K. McMillan

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Wally and the Beave Automate Reactor Start-ups

The start-up of gas feeds to catalytic reactors is often the most labor intensive and hazardous part of the reactor operation. When these reactors are part of a large continuous chemical processing unit, delays on start-up result in costly downtime. Microprocessor-based controllers of distributed control systems can duplicate the best of the operator actions required for fast and safe start-ups.

The trials and tribulations of four engineers (Eddie—the project manager, Lumpy—the mechanical engineer, Wally—the experienced process control engineer, and Beave—the new engineer) show that successful implementation depends not only upon the engineer’s technical expertise but also on the quality of the start-up ...

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