Control Loop Performance
Are You in Control of Your Control Loops?
Operations Risk Management (ORM) is a layered approach designed to ensure safe and profitable operation. ORM focuses on the automation and control functions of process operations. Control loops are the first line of defense against risks to safety, the environment, production, efficiency, and profitability.
Optimizing loop performance reduces risk in several ways. When control loops work properly, the process can achieve nameplate production rates, on-spec quality, and maximum efficiency. Process upsets do not occur. Process intervention by the operator is needed less often and mistakes in the intervention are less likely. Safety systems have less need to activate. Shutdowns do not occur, helping reduce the most hazardous and risky step for most processes – the startup.
Optimizing the performance of regulatory controls requires:
- Possessing knowledge of the process and control systems
- Having the right tools for the job
- Following a systematic approach
In this paper, we’ll discuss common reasons for poor control loop performance and a seven-step process to help your organization optimize control loops. Three examples of successful control performance improvement initiatives are also discussed.