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Real-time Optimisation

Real-Time Optimisation (RTO) technology has been around for the last two decades and has had relative success in certain cases in the refining and petrochemical industry. There are great potentials associated with this technology that has not been exploited as yet. RTO is by no means considered a commodity and unlike the multivariable control technology the question a number of users are asking themselves in the first instance is "will this technology work?" The fact of the matter is that RTO has been successfully implemented in many areas such as Ethylene plants and refining FCC units as reported in the literature and are delivering large profits to the users. On the other hand, there have also been stories of RTO applications being turned off due to many reasons such as complexity of the application, lack of understanding of the technology, modeling inaccuracies, lack of feedstock information etc.

The information required to help you make informed decisions on RTOs that are beneficial applications for your units is made available on this site. This could be installing an RTO for the first time, upgrading to the most recent technology, or achieving and maintaining the best performance from your existing RTO.

The information is provided in various forms. This ranges from publications and typical examples to actual installations and experiences reported by the practitioners in the filed. But making the best use of the capabilities of the internet, which is its interactive nature, a great deal of knowledge can be transferred between the users and the experts through forums, technical chats and questions and answers provided for your benefit.

RTO Background Provides the users with background knowledge of the technology and its applications in the refining and petrochemical industry.
RTO Products A comprehensive list of the RTO products on the market is supplied for your information and comparison. Subscribe to the site on-line and you will have instant access to this feature.
RTO Applications Database A database containing information on installed RTO applications, which illustrates the experiences of the users with the RTO products around the world. Technical details of the applications are outlined in the accompanying technical papers or the web links. Subscribe to the site on-line and you will have instant access to this feature.
Manage Applications Maintain a record of APC applications installed at your site with a single user subscription in a secure environment. A multi-user subscription enables you to keep track of the APC applications installed and maintained by each engineer at the plant. Companies with multiple locations will gain access to the information on the installed APC applications at each site through the internet.  Subscription to "Manage Applications"  is a two-step process; first, you subscribe to the site on-line, by fax order or bank transfer in the normal way. The second step involves verification of your details by us, to ensure that the person subscribing actually represents the manufacturing company. This is to protect your company's data and to make sure that only you have write access to this part of the database.  Companies that do not want to reveal their name and location to other users are allowed to do so by ticking the appropriate boxes for each application.
APC Forum Forum covering topics related to RTO. Participate in the forum by posting a question or provide your peers with your opinions on a topic. Or just follow the questions and responses to see if it answers your question in a particular area. Register for free and gain instant access to this feature.
APC Training Details of RTO specific training and training software around the world.
APC Solutions Process details, control objectives, control strategies, typical controller designs, analysers for control and economic benefits are provided for major process units in the refineries and petrochemical plants. This section also includes the Web-based PID Tuning Tool which is a field-proven and simple to use control engineer's tool developed by control engineers for control engineers in the process industry. The tool comes with guidelines on best practices for tuning level, flow, temperature, pressure and analysers.
Ask a question from the consultant A handy way of asking those pertinent RTO questions from an experienced consultant. Register for free and gain instant access to this feature.
Consultant Q & A Look up the question and answer list to see if it also answers your question. Register for free and gain instant access to this feature.
APC Vendors A comprehensive list of RTO software vendors. Information provided by the vendors on RTO products, recent applications, product training, applications to process units, and product demonstrations.
APC Consultants A comprehensive list of the consultants who can help in the selection, design, implementation, commission, and maintenance of the RTO products.
Application Vendors A comprehensive list of companies who have experience of installing RTO around the world using third party software.
Related Vendors Find out about the products available to support the RTO applications such as real time databases, communications links etc. from the list provided.
Events Conferences, workshops and web seminars around the word.
Publications A list of publications including books, technical papers, editorials, providing information on RTO background, theory, pitfalls, etc. Register for free and gain instant access to this feature.
Technical Live Chat Chat live with your peers and others in the industry on technical issues relating RTO. Register for free and gain instant access to this feature.

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