This presentation discusses some of the techniques used to optimize oil refining using advanced process control. How is real-time Industrial Plant Optimization implemented? Can the plant effectively be modeled using a subset of data?

“Plant optimization is when one maximizes a plant’s yield and efficiency. Maximizing a plant’s efficiency is a matter of understanding things such as the facility’s energy and labor use, and implementing those procedures that make the best use of them. Maximizing a plant’s yield is best defined by stating it in the alternative—minimizing waste. The goal here is to produce as much final product from as little raw material as possible. This involves evaluating the processes in place and taking the necessary steps to insure that the plant has the equipment that best uses its raw materials, and that this equipment is being used in the most efficient manner.” – Biodiesel Magazine

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