2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange Americas

Ludan Team will participate to 2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange Americas conference, that will be held on October 2 - 6, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

During the conference our colleagues Mr. Ion Paidiu and Mrs. Lucia Giurascu will sustain a presentation related to "Automating Fertilizer Crystallization Process using Remote I/O and Delta V batch-like Logic" 

Advances in Process Control. A veteran practitioner’s opinions - by Radu Iscovici Senior APC Consultant

Production facilities in heavy process industries like oil and gas extraction, oil refining, petrochemical, basic chemical production,metallurgy etc.are monitored and controlled by modern Distributed Control Systems-DCS.

These process control systems have hundreds and sometimes even thousands of control loops.

The process is visualized by operators on workstation displays. Have their owndisplays on engineering stations.  They use them to choose the suitable control algorithm equation for the target loop. Control loop tuning parameters are readily accessed and can be changed instantly. The effect of these changes can be monitored in real-time and adjustments made if necessary. Apparently the situation is very good. However, new complex issues appear.

Issues

Many problems plaguing good process control have their roots in measuring sensors and final control elements (FCE-valves, motors, dampers etc.) misbehavior, even though much progress was recorded in this area.

Two remarks:

  • The large amount of more or less sophisticated control schemes and control algorithm equations, and their parameters and constants make their selection quite difficult without proper knowledge and/or matching tools.
  • The DCS is more than a control platform. It has the capability to supply an impressive amount of information about the industrial process state and also the equipment state including measuring devices and final control elements.

The issue evolved from an historical lack of information into a flood of data. These data must be collected, processed, configured and prioritized in order to be transformed into useful information for the potential information clients: operations engineers, process engineers, maintenance specialists and management.

To add to the above issues, the process control personnel was dramatically reduced in most industries all over the world, either by outsourcing jobs, or by promoting specialist to higher managerial positions. Newcomers entering the area do not possess the necessary knowledge, experience and cannot acquire them due to lack of mentoring.

Solutions

Fortunately, there are solutions to the issues mentioned above. Last generation software tools are developed and constantly improved based on the IT rapid progress  but, more important, on embedding the experts knowledge and experience in the area of process control.

These tools help operations engineers solve quickly control loops issues resulting from inherent industrial process varying conditions. Also, these tools diagnose the status of sensors and FCEs and predict possible failures which is valuable information for maintenance technicians.

Moreover, a process control training course was developed using these software tools. The course utilizes a practical, hands-on approach. No theoretical backgroundor high-level mathematical knowledge needed.

These solutions are provided by  Control Station Inc.:

http://controlstation.com/#

represented  in Eastern Europe by Ludan Engineering SRL:

http://www.ludan.ro/services/

 

The solutions include Plant ESP (Control Loop Performance Monitoring -CLPM-Suite), Loop-PRO (the top suite for loop tuning according to Control Magasine) and also the very popularPractical Process Control trening course.

Ludan Engineering has signed a Mutual Agreement with Control Station

Starting with 1st of August 2016 LUDAN Engineering SRL Romania had the pleasure to become the European Region Solution Provider on behalf of Control Station, Inc. in terms of control loop performance monitoring solutions for proactively detecting production issues and optimizing overall plant-wide performance.

Mr. Damien Munroe (Control Station, Inc. European Integration Sales & and Engineering Support) conducted an intensive training of our process control engineering and software departments at Ludan’s Bucharest Headquarter in August 2016 related to process optimization support.

The developed skills and training services provided by this training enable us to deliver services for the effective analysis and optimization of production and control systems.

Maintenance management integrated systems (seminar)

On the 2nd of June 2016 LUDAN Engineering SRL Romania, organized in Bucharest an event characterized of “Reducing the operating costs while implementing maintenance management integrated systems”. 

The seminar was focused on operational activity features in terms of maintenance and repairing sectors such as follows: 

  • Maintenance Concept (Theoretical and Practical Aspects, Strategies and Developments, Presentation of Integrated Informatics Platform for Maintenance activities management) 
  • Case studies, Software & Hardware Live Demos.

As a premiere for Romania, one of the worldwide best solutions in terms of optimizing operational costs was presented on a joint venture with our Canadian partner, Desmaint – MAINTelligence system.

MAINTelligence can be defined as an all-in-one condition monitoring and asset management platform used to track the equipment’s health and performance while collecting operational workflow management requirements.

MAINTelligence acquires displays, analyzes and reports vital equipment information with the same accuracy. There is also support for vibration and lubricant analysis, inspection processing, thermography and motor monitoring.

MAINTelligence platform accurately models the equipment structure and allows at the same time collection of data throughout the most viable and reliable condition monitoring acquisition devices currently existing.