APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models

An Industry White Paper
Stefano Lodolo (AspenTech), Andrea Esposito (ENI R&M)

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ENI R&M has been working with AspenTech for approximately 15 years to develop new APC applications and to properly maintain the more than 50 existing APC controllers in its refineries. is supported and performed on-line through a web interface without the need of off-line activities or moving files across firewalls. The complete workflow. automated testing and adaptive modeling. The decision was made to look at AspenTech’s Sustained Value tools for APC: performance monitoring. Introduction ENI R&M. they decided to deploy in its other refineries. ENI R&M Livorno Refinery The Livorno Refinery is a Fuels and Lube Oil refinery with a significant number of APC applications installed. to diagnosis and repair. aspenONE®. Using the new Aspen Adaptive Modeling tools. They were actively looking at new tools and methodologies to improve efficiency. Lube Plant Lube Basis Waxes Petrolatum Aromatic Extracts Bitumen Fuel Oil 5. RES. Gasoline Components (LCN. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. ETBE) Intermediate Product (GASOIL. Inc. was struggling to properly maintain its APC applications with a reduced workforce. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. OPTIMIZE. The performance of the unit showed a significant economic benefit. The limited APC resources were struggling to keep up as these changes required updates to the controller models to keep APC solutions generating the highest value. 11-1776-0312 1 . All rights reserved. from problem detection. FULL RANGE.2 Mton/year Crude Capacity 610 Kton/year Lube Basis Production © 2012 Aspen Technology. Distill. a simplified refinery layout is reported. Inc. After ENI R&M tested adaptive modeling in its Livorno Refinery with good results. the Aspen leaf logo. LCO) LPG Virgin Naphtha Lamium Gasoline Kerosene Gasoil Fuel Plant Atomosph. Frequent oil type changes were being made to capitalize on supply chain opportunities.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models Abstract ENI R&M adopted the new Aspen Adaptive Modeling tool to maintain and revamp its APC applications in the Livorno Refinery. Vacuum Distill. In the following figure. AspenTech®. like many other operating companies. This new tool embodies best practices in model maintenance workflow and compliments a suite of tools that enable a proactive maintenance approach for APC applications. ENI R&M revamped a hot oil circuit in just a few hours. CRUDE ATM.

Torcia Carb BAL Torcia Lube Stab. Inferential DCS Ctrl. OPTIMIZE. but was still looking to improve. C4 MEROX STAB A GPL Split T2ex GPL BAL KERO UNIFINER 1 Split T2 HSW TOPPING HD2 C6 HD3 GAL LVG HVGO DEA MERO AMIUM UNIFINER 2 BAP Split C5 Deiso T104 TIP Stab. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Circuito HOT OIL 2 RVC Other APC DAO SLACK PDA APA CLAUS SCOT VACUUM WAX Fraz C FT2 MEK2 HF2 BASI Fraz B FT1 MEK1 WAX VACUUM HF3 DMC + Ctrl. AspenTech®. Inc. PLAT Rerun T103 Riformata Fraz A MEA RA Circuito HOT OIL 1 BITUMI MOD. Being a Lube Oil refinery. All rights reserved. TIP Isomerata GPL T105 PLAT Stab. The APC coverage is reported in the following figure. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. Using manual methods to maintain the models meant that the APC engineers were fairly busy. 11-1776-0312 2 . It can be seen that APC applications cover all major units and others are currently planned on remaining plants.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The refinery runs 13 Aspen DMCplus MPC controllers and 24 Aspen IQ Inferentials applications for a total of: • 210 MVs (Manipulated Variables) • 92 Inferential Properties The refinery ranked first in a Solomon 2006 APC/Automation comparative study that involved 18 refining companies and 36 refineries. aspenONE®. Inc. the Aspen leaf logo. there are frequent oil type production changes that affect operations and hence the performance of the APC applications. © 2012 Aspen Technology.

exchangers fowling. model updates) is required. Inc. then no maintenance (i. However. Inc.e. OPTIMIZE. performance may degrade or the controller may even lose money instead of accumulating profits © 2012 Aspen Technology. and these changes can affect controller performance – Catalyst changes. aspenONE®. the Aspen leaf logo. Illustrations like the one below are well known and all deliver the same message: poor maintenance. and if they are not recognized and accommodated. Maximize Value of Control Application Pre-APC Implementation Max Value and Efficiency Degradation of Control Performance APC Degradation Troubleshoot and Solve Control Issues Lost Opportunity APC Recovery Enhance APC Performance APC Improvement Degradation Time Annual Profits ($M) Process unit. valves and other instrumentation changes – Routine maintenance on instrumentation and equipment • Economic Changes – These affect the steady state solver solutions. equipment & operation changes over time reduce the advanced control benefits Sustained & entranced performance (continuous improvement) Process models are re-identified following the process/unit modifications to recapture advanced control benefits Lost Profit Major unit turnaround is implemented Controller/optimizer switched off Controller/optimizer switched on Time There are many potential reasons for performance degradation.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models Sustaining APC Benefits It is something of a misnomer to say that APC applications require maintenance. When model updates are not done. All rights reserved. Some of the most likely are: • Staff Mobility – Internal staff originally familiar with the application moves to a different position – New staff may not be able to immediately support the application – New staff may require significant training to be able to understand and support the application • Process Changes – Processes are often changed. 11-1776-0312 3 . inevitably jeopardizes the APC investment. sooner or later. AspenTech®. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. the performance starts to degrade. If nothing in the plant ever changes. then the APC models must be made ‘aware’ of these changes. when significant changes are made to the process or the feedstock characteristics change significantly.

These signs are: • Sub-controllers in OFF status. Why invest days in retesting an area if I can simply de-tune the controller or manually adjust a couple of gains?) • Small problems tend to build-up until parts of the controller or the entire application are switched off • A major revamping step then has to be undertaken © 2012 Aspen Technology. Repair • Diagnosis is completed • Problem may simply be ignored or manually repaired and very often a sub-optimal solution is taken (e. steady state target) flips frequently • Primary controls not holding setpoints • Control is too aggressive with insignificant CV error. Control • Something changes in the process or in the operating mode • Controller begins to oscillate or perform badly (maybe just in some areas and only under some circumstances) • Operators start clamping MVs or taking out MVs/CVs or entire sub-controllers 2. aspenONE®. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. with high/low limits collapsed) • Some MVs show “noise” response with frequent change of directions • Almost all MVs in a controller are moving on every controller execution • MV dynamics are often being limited by max move size limit • CV prediction error tends to be positive.e.g. 11-1776-0312 4 . Inc. 4. This may entail extracting data from other systems before analysis can begin. OPTIMIZE. All rights reserved. MVs (Manipulated Variables) or CVs (Controlled Variables) routinely out of service or in DCS LOCAL status • Some CVs never reach SS (Steady State) targets before SS targets change again • Flat lines for some CVs • Some CVs remain outside limits for extended periods • Many MV limits clamped or MVs at setpoint (i.e. Diagnose • At some point the control engineer is somehow notified by a keen operator or spots the issue himself • The control engineer will diagnose the problem by speaking with operators and analyzing data either online or on his desktop. Inc. controller is aggressive with secondary objectives Without sustained value tools. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Detect • Control engineer is usually not automatically alerted about the problem • Operators will likely call for help only when the problem becomes big enough • Control engineer may spot the issue while checking trends or controller limits or passing by the control room 3. the Aspen leaf logo.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models Typical signs of performance degradation are present in many applications. then negative for extended periods • Cycling CVs or MVs • Optimal solution (i. the following sequence of events is typical: 1. AspenTech®.

OPTIMIZE. KPIs and automated reports to continuously track performance – Rapidly detect changes in performance – Few KPIs covering the performance of both controllers and models • Use diagnostic rules to isolate the root cause of performance degradation – Quick assessment of problems • Use automated step testing to quickly generate high quality data for improved models – Relieves engineering from manual testing and from “night-time engineering” • Preprocessing rules prepare data for modeling – Automated data cleaning tasks. With some supporting automation. APC Maintenance Methodology A proper APC maintenance methodology should have the following characteristics: • Incorporate APC best practices • Minimize effort 4. the manual model building method increases the time it takes to correct the problem and return the controller to full service. Training KPIs 1. If maintenance is deferred. Tools & Technology © 2012 Aspen Technology. People – Automate and simplify maintenance tasks • Use proper baselines. Once the nature of the problem has been determined. Work Processes 3. All rights reserved. 11-1776-0312 5 . Inc. consistent preprocessing – Minimize the need to manually slice data • Automatic generation of new models – Generate models without requiring engineering effort • Rules for rapid model assessment – Quickly assess improvements • Avoid manual data collection and moving data through different servers or using media to cross firewalls 2. AspenTech®. we can significantly streamline this workflow and reduce the time and effort needed to keep controllers at peak efficiency.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The control engineer usually needs to manually extract process data to isolate the root cause. Inc. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. the Aspen leaf logo. the problems build up until a major revamping activity has to be undertaken to fix all the issues that have been slowly accumulating. aspenONE®. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. This approach is very inefficient and causes a loss of benefits that can be as high as 50-60% during the application lifecycle.

This tool supports single and multi-test methods. schedule online model quality assessments. 11-1776-0312 6 . Model KPIs show the specific MV/CV pairs that are exhibiting poor performance. OPTIMIZE. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. controller and process KPIs and automate reporting. The process is fully streamlined and it enforces APC best practices at all stages. run model diagnostics and perform online model identification. Automated Step Testing (Aspen Smartstep): Automates process step testing while maintaining the process within specifications at all times. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Inc. still giving the APC engineer the capability to control and influence results while eliminating routine manual activities. Automated APC Maintenance Workflow Control Detect Diagnose Repair Operating mode changes Control engineer is alerted by process & models KPIs Drilldown tools to provide performance diagnostics Model quality analysis pinpoints the models to be repaired Automated model creation leads to faster model repair Automated retesting reduces model revamp Controller begins to oscillate Operators clamp feed and product draws Sustained Value Tools The sustained value tools supporting detection. © 2012 Aspen Technology. move data between systems. Adaptive Modeling (Aspen Adaptive Modeling): Automates the maintenance lifecycle of a controller by providing the ability to collect historical data. the user can rapidly detect when the process is not operating at peak performance. automate calculations for data cleaning. diagnostics and repair are: Performance Monitoring (Aspen Watch): Includes the capability to historize controller and process data. build baselines. With that kind of automation. Inc. Much of the plant testing can be done without engineering supervision.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models Technology keeps improving and tools that enable proper proactive maintenance methodology with the characteristics described above are now available on the marketplace. model or tune off line. Through these performance KPIs. or start/stop applications. It produces richer data quicker than manual step testing as it enforces APC best practices and estimates the largest possible MV steps while still maintaining the process within constraints. All rights reserved. the four steps in maintaining an APC application described in the previous section can now be performed differently as depicted below. All of this automated workflow is performed online from a web interface directly on the running controller without the need to start a data collection task. AspenTech®. aspenONE®. run standard and custom KPIs to assess model quality. extract data. the Aspen leaf logo.

aspenONE®. OPTIMIZE. the Aspen leaf logo. HOTOIL2). 11-1776-0312 7 .APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models Livorno Refinery Proof of Concept Among the Livorno Refinery APC applications. © 2012 Aspen Technology. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. there are also two hot oil circuits (HOTOIL1. All rights reserved. Inc. AspenTech®. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. The first circuit delivers around 65 MM Kcal/h and the second around 25 MM Kcal/h to many reboilers and other exchangers in many plants all around the refinery. Inc. Below is a simplified screenshot of the circuits.

11-1776-0312 8 . Inc. AspenTech®. Inc.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The evaluation of adaptive modeling focused on the HOTOIL1 circuit controller and mainly on the F1 furnace. draft and excess O2 F1 Furnace: • 4 cells. nearly 100% service factor • Most MVs are related to F1 furnace • Most CVs are valve outputs of hot oil user control loops • Controller originally deployed in 2005 • Controller objectives and benefits • Operations flexibility and maximization of delivered duty whenever required • Disturbances rejection • Stability of temperature and pressure of the loop • Optimization of furnace combustion • Controller main constraints • Loop pressure and return temperature • Feed pump capacity • Furnace skin temperature. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. 51 CVs. OPTIMIZE. 8 passes. the Aspen leaf logo. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. aspenONE®. All rights reserved. 1 blower with backup © 2012 Aspen Technology. HOTOIL1 Controller • 10 MVs. mixed fuel gas / fuel oil burners • 4 dampers.

OPTIMIZE. The unit has been selected because: • Efficiency control of F1 furnace in Aspen DMCplus has been running with limited capabilities for some months due to model degradation after field equipment maintenance • A model revamp for that section was required (old models couldn’t run closed loop anymore) – Only a small portion of model matrix involved – Relevant impact on controller benefits • Ideal candidate for an Aspen Adaptive Modeling pilot – The goal of the revamp project was also to evaluate new features provided through the new tool 6 MVs were involved in the maintenance activity. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. air to fuel ratio Status Out of service Out of service Out of service Out of service Over-constrained Over-constrained • Controller performance assessment through baselines and KPIs (Aspen Watch. Aspen Adaptive Modeling) • Automated Step Testing tool (Aspen SmartStep) configured and run throughout the whole process • As-is model quality assessment performed (Aspen Adaptive Modeling) • Automated data cleaning and case setup on the Performance Monitoring System (Aspen Watch. © 2012 Aspen Technology. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. the Aspen leaf logo. air to fuel ratio Excess O2.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The evaluation was conducted in a meeting room close to the control room with around 15 APC engineers from all ENI R&M refineries. All rights reserved. We started from the following situation: The evaluation itself took around 2 full days and workflow went through the following steps: MV 00DC2AOP 00DC2BOP 00DC2COP 00DC2DOP 90FC23ASP 90FC23BSP Description Chamber A damper position Chamber B damper position Chamber C damper position Chamber D damper position Blower flow rate SP Backup blower flow rate SP Strategy COST Maximize COST Maximize COST Maximize COST Maximize COST Minimize COST Minimize Constraints Chamber draft and balancing Chamber draft and balancing Chamber draft and balancing Chamber draft and balancing Excess O2. Inc. 11-1776-0312 9 . Inc. Aspen Adaptive Modeling) • Model Identification iterations (Aspen Adaptive Modeling) • Online model update and deployment (Aspen Adaptive Modeling) • Post-revamping model quality assessment (Aspen Watch. aspenONE®. During the Aspen SmartStep activity. the group had plenty of time to discuss maintenance methodology and revise baselines and KPIs. Aspen Adaptive Modeling) All this was done smoothly through a virtual machine connected on the ENI R&M control network and all done online from the Production Control Web Server operator interface. AspenTech®.

e. © 2012 Aspen Technology. the Aspen leaf logo. Multitest mode was used from the beginning to minimize step testing time while minimizing MV correlation and maximizing signal to noise ratio and hence model quality. Aspen SmartStep was already enabled in the Aspen DMCplus application and little reconfiguration was required. OPTIMIZE. is defined as follows: ENI_UTL= (CCS+MFU+MVM) / IPMIND*100 Where: CCS= Number of CVs at high/low limit. all MVs move concurrently. 11-1776-0312 10 . As it can be noticed in the figure below. permitting models to converge quickly. AspenTech®. Inc. Allan Kern in Hydrocarbon Processing. ramp or external target MFU= Number of MVs at external target or engineering limits MVM= Number of MVs at min move or out of service by engineer IPMIND= Actual number of manipulated variables (excluding feed forward variables) in the controller A good performance for this KPI guarantees that the controller is not just simply ON but it’s actually moving and using all available MVs to push constraints (i. Inc. October 2005. This KPI. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. The idea of a Utilization Factor was first proposed by Mr.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The most interesting KPI that was discussed and enabled is a modified version of the Utilization Factor (UTL) that is available as a part of the collection of built-in KPIs in Aspen Watch. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. All rights reserved. aspenONE®. setpoint. modified by ENI R&M engineers. to accumulate benefits).

All rights reserved. 11-1776-0312 11 .g. MQA data appear as a KPI plot where each model is flagged with different colors depending on how good models used by the controller are compared to those assessed with just a few moves. when an MV is moved to DCS control or a CV control error is too high) Run an MQA test • Run test from the web viewer • Schedule a recurring test at a designated time and interval • Model KPI carpet plots are automatically updated Configure and Run ID (Identification) case • Browse Aspen Watch database for tags to include in ID case • ID case can be run on demand or scheduled to run automatically at a particular time and interval Review Model and Deploy • Multiple model ID cases can be compared with the current model directly in the web viewer • Bode plot analysis available in the web viewer to assess model uncertainty • Once satisfied. aspenONE®. OPTIMIZE. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. In the figure below. AspenTech®. the group concentrated mainly on the new Aspen Adaptive Modeling usage and results: View/clean MQA (Model Quality Analysis) data • User can view data used in Model Quality Analysis Test • Some data cleaning is automatically performed • Engineer can also manually clean data using the web viewer • Calculations for automated data cleaning can be configured (e. the complete model matrix is reported and the models where the group concentrated are highlighted in red within an oval. Inc. the Aspen leaf logo. model can be assembled and deployed online It must be stressed again that all these activities have been performed online through a web viewer interface and using data available in the Performance Monitor database. © 2012 Aspen Technology. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models While step testing the unit. Inc.

not only in the steady-state gain. © 2012 Aspen Technology. three hours of step test data are compared against nearly twenty hours of step test data and it can be seen that the uncertainty bands get narrow while the signal-to-noise ratio improves as the step test proceeds. An MQA case uses the existing controller model as a reference to calculate a model quality index. The estimated Gmult will then include contributions from the model uncertainty. In the two figures below. which is a combination of the estimated Gmult value and the calculated model uncertainty error bound. Inc. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology.e. an estimated Gain Multiplier (Gmult) value is calculated in such a way that the prediction errors of the corresponding dependent variable are minimized (it’s not simply a Gain Multiplier to bring steady state error to zero). aspenONE®. Bode Plots have been very useful to monitor modeling progress during step testing. likely not enough significant data) Models can be checked as Step Responses and as Bode Plots as shown below for the Hotoil1 controller. OPTIMIZE. All rights reserved. 11-1776-0312 12 . but also in the dynamics. This index represents the accuracy of the model pair in predicting the process response: • Good (green) means that the model pair has a high degree of accuracy • Fair (light blue) means the accuracy is somewhere between Good and Bad • Bad (red) means the model accuracy is low • Unknown (yellow) means that a clear answer could not be derived from the data provided (i. the Aspen leaf logo. AspenTech®. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Inc.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models When an MQA case is executed.

and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. AspenTech®. Models and tuning changes can be directly checked online through the Production Control Web Server interface using a what-if simulation that permits a comparison between old and new settings before deployment. 11-1776-0312 13 . the Aspen leaf logo.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The evaluation stopped after around 24 hours of unattended step testing and updated models were replaced online from the web viewer interface without the need to restart the controller. Model quality was reassessed after deployment to confirm the improvement as shown below. Inc. OPTIMIZE. All rights reserved. Inc. aspenONE®.2% on average after the revamp. Results The HOTOIL1 controller was brought back in full operation at the end of the evaluation with the following major results: • Restoring correct operation for HOTOIL1 Aspen DMCplus allowed tighter control of excess O2 and draft in F1 furnace cells • The operating target was increased for dampers and decreased for blowers given the good performance of the new updated models • Excess O2 was significantly reduced • F1 efficiency increased by 1. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. significant for a 65 MM Kcal/h furnace in terms of fuels consumption reduction and worth well above 100 K¤/year at current fuel oil cost © 2012 Aspen Technology.

Inc. the Aspen leaf logo. The evaluation activity is marked with the red vertical bar. OPTIMIZE. Fixing the problem is then fairly automated but still under engineer control. diagnostics and drill down capabilities enable users to rapidly detect and diagnose the problem. Engineers. • It enforces best practices and moves maintenance from reactive to proactive. AspenTech®. These KPIs can easily be compared against one or more baselines that can be manually or automatically built in minutes. 11-1776-0312 14 . and sent automatically to Operators. © 2012 Aspen Technology. maximizing controller uptime and benefits. maintenance activities are triggered by a few properly designed controller KPIs and model KPIs. • Controller performance check-up becomes a regular activity that requires limited effort. designed to include KPIs. All rights reserved. KPIs. Automatic reports can be scheduled. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. aspenONE®. calculations and trends. With the sustained value tools. and Managers filtered by role. Advantages of such a solution • The entire process is done online directly from a web viewer and on the running controller. Proactive maintenance prevents benefits degradation and reduces the need for costly “full controller” revamping activities.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models The trends below show furnace efficiency and the O2 excess for 80 days. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. carpet plots. Inc.

with many APC applications. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. the Aspen leaf logo. All rights reserved. In a refinery like ENI R&M Livorno. as Aspen SmartStep took care of plant testing • Aspen Adaptive Modeling features helped to speed up the process • Capability to run Model Quality and Identification from web interface • Aspen Adaptive Modeling was evaluated with satisfaction • Ranked within ENI R&M circuit as a powerful tool to keep Aspen DMCplus controllers efficient over time • New proactive approach to Aspen DMCplus applications maintenance The maintenance activity was completed in approximately 24 hours with almost no supervision during step testing and plenty of time to get familiar with the tools and technology. Inc. and the 7 Best Practices of Engineering Excellence are trademarks of Aspen Technology. 11-1776-0312 15 . even with very good on-stream factors.APC Applications Best Practices: Use of Aspen Adaptive Modeling to Maintain and Revamp Aspen DMCplus ® Models Conclusions The evaluation performed in ENI R&M Livorno Refinery clearly demonstrated the validity of the methods and tools: • HOTOIL1 Aspen DMCplus controller section was successfully revamped • Models were updated and all MVs were put back in service • This activity delivered immediate and significant benefits • The whole process took just 2 days • Non-continuous work. there are lots of opportunities to improve performance that are not detected or simply left behind because of the lack of proper tools and methodology and because there is not enough time to address them when working in the old approach. AspenTech®. © 2012 Aspen Technology. OPTIMIZE. Inc. aspenONE®.

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