Energy Consultants Solomon Associates Awarded Patent for Comparative Performance Analysis of Plant Control Assets

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Benchmarking patent, applicable to numerous manufacturing industries, comes as company embarks on 2011 APC and Automation Studies.

Dale Emanuel, president of Solomon Associates, Dallas energy consultants.

Dale Emanuel, president of Solomon Associates, said the Control Asset CPA System defines worldwide best practices to improve operations.

The process defined in the patent allows companies to not only compare their existing APC investment, but also to evaluate the benefits of new investments.

Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, announced it has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “Control Asset Comparative Performance Analysis System and Methodology.” The system provides a process for assessing the effectiveness of plant control systems intended to maximize profits and improve safety.

Control assets represent a significant investment for manufacturers, as they can include personnel, instruments and equipment, automation systems, computers, and software. Companies have for years been seeking a way to evaluate control assets and compare their performance to that of their competitors. The process defined in the patent allows companies to not only compare their existing APC investment, but also to evaluate the benefits of new investments. Often, investments are made that could be addressed much less expensively by simply smoothing out the variation in the flow and composition of the feed streams to the process. The variation of key feed and product variables is compared to that achieved by the leaders. Justified investments with realistic targets can then be made.

“In more than 30 years of service, Solomon Associates has seen the significant benefits of performance benchmarking for individual operators and the global energy industry as a whole,” said Dale Emanuel, president of Solomon Associates. “Our Control Asset CPA System defines worldwide best practices to improve operations, creating real value for numerous industries.”

John Havener, Solomon Associates’ net cash margin performance improvement senior consultant, leads a list of the patent authors, which also includes Dr. Gregory D. Martin, Dr. Russell F. Brown, William Horner, and Dr. Richard B. Jones.

Solomon Associates is currently soliciting participants in its 2011 Worldwide Advanced Process Control Performance Analysis (APC Study) and the 2011 Worldwide Automation Performance Analysis (Automation Study). The studies provide plant operators with the comprehensive data, tools, and analysis necessary to compare their systems with those of the world’s leaders, revealing opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and drive margins.

Companies may learn more about the APC Study at http://solomononline.com/apc/ and the Automation Study at http://solomononline.com/automation-study/, or may contact Jon Stroup at +1-972-739-1726 or Jon(dot)Stroup(at)SolomonOnline(dot)com.

Questions and licensing inquiries regarding the “Control Asset Comparative Performance Analysis System and Methodology” patent should be directed to Russell Brown at Russell(dot)Brown(at)SolomonOnline(dot)com.

About Solomon Associates

Based in Dallas, HSB Solomon Associates LLC is the world’s leading performance improvement company for energy companies seeking to identify and close gaps in operational performance. Combining proven, patented methodologies with objective data analysis, and led by a team steeped in hands-on operational experience, Solomon Associates consistently helps clients with energy-intensive assets achieve greater efficiencies, enhanced reliability, and improved margins. Solomon Associates is part of HSB Group, Inc. To learn more about Solomon Associates, visit http://www.solomononline.com.

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