Solomon Associates Launches Worldwide Studies to Help Plant Operators Improve Their Automation and Control Systems

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Analyses use comparative data to identify opportunities for improvement in advanced process control (APC) and distributed control systems (DCS).

Solomon Associates launch APC and Automation Studies.

Jon Stroup leads Solomon Associates' APC and Automation Studies.

Only Solomon Associates can provide clients with non-biased, third-party insight based on actual unit performance data that identifies where automation and control investments are actually justified.

With technology advancing rapidly in automation and control systems for industrial facilities, Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, today announced that it has launched the 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.

The Automation Study, serving refineries, chemical plants, gas plants, plastics plants, and other manufacturing facilities, compares the various control systems practices and staffing levels of study participants to proprietary peer data. Participants gain insight into how their facilities’ distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), safety instrumentation systems (SIS), and online instrumentation stack up against the world’s best. The study assesses process alarm policies, practices, and alarm rates to identify the most successful approaches to alarm reduction.

The APC Study, serving refineries, leverages a patent-pending process to examine participating facilities’ process stability, with an eye to profit maximization. Through the study, refiners can see the relative performance levels of their existing control and advanced control investments, learn whether their facility would benefit from an APC system, learn which instruments and control applications are most often used by industry leaders, and more.

“Only Solomon Associates can provide clients with non-biased, third-party insight based on actual unit performance data that identifies where automation and control investments are actually justified,” said Jon Stroup, project manager for the studies. “We help study participants set achievable, realistic goals for performance.”

Interested 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.

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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