During automation projects, the rubber hits the road at startup. This is the time when you find out if months or years of work will succeed or fail. A good startup allows you to go home and sleep undisturbed, but a bad startup ensures months of lack of sleep answering calls in the middle of the night because Gremlins are running amuck in your system. So what are the keys to a successful startup? Avid Solutions takes pride in smooth, Gremlin free startups. Here are a few ways we ensure you get a good night's sleep:
Taking care of your plant and your process is a great responsibility. The key to keeping Gremlins from happening in the first place is ensuring your process is put in the right hands. When planning an integration project, ask whether or not your System Integrator has a track record of well-run projects and smooth startups. We have a proven record of keeping the Gremlins away, so if you are in the planning process of your project, give us a call.
For a business to operate successfully, "what you've always done" has to be sold at a profit. The reality is that an increasingly global business environment has created more opportunity but also demands the ability to adapt to constantly changing market demands. In this environment, past results fail to assure future performance. Failure to adapt and innovate may preclude other opportunities or jeopardize competitive core operations. With a growing emphasis on innovation and adaptability, e develop and deploy innovative control methodologies to meet the diverse and evolving needs of our clients.
For instance, say a client desires to incorporate a fluidized bed reactor (FBR) into a process line to increase polymer production and reduce cost while maintaining current polymer grade uniformity. FBR's are finding applications outside oil and gas industries and becoming increasingly popular in areas such as polymer synthesis. Successfully incorporating FBR's into non-traditional roles requires novel design considerations from both a hardware and a controls perspective.
Retrofitting or adding a FBR requires a certain expertise in control systems. Batch data and operator experience with existing equipment will not be directly transferable to a FBR. Polymerization reactions tend to exhibit non-linear steady state behavior with the potential for oscillations in unstable regions. At the same time, the exothermic nature of polymerization reactions coupled with an ineffective temperature control scheme poses the risk of a run-away reaction and associated hazardous operating conditions. Alternatively, a proper control strategy that balances the degree of pre-polymerization with an optimal fluid velocity and fluid feed temperature can significantly improve consistent grade production and throughput.
We work with our clients from the conceptual and process design stages forward, ensuring process controllability before capital expenditure and costly post-startup "fixes." By consulting with all involved parties from operators to upper management, we're able to recognize and resolve design issues and safety concerns. Our dedicated team of subject matter experts has the knowledge base and experience to conceive and design unique control solutions for the most challenging processes, thereby promoting success for our partners in a dynamic business environment.