Recorded Webinars

Delivering Operational Excellence

In this webinar we will demonstrate how operating envelopes can be used to achieve your KPIs in an Operational Excellence (OpEx) framework. We’ll show how anyone can see a full feed-to-product operating envelope, evaluate KPI targets with baseline performance, identify and resolve inconsistent KPIs, and find appropriate leading KPIs. This dramatically reduces time and builds confidence in the process, increasing acceptance and showing exactly how to operate to achieve goals.

Geometric Process Control Applications in (Semi-)Batch Processes

This webinar introduces models for real processes such as batch, fed-batch, cyclic, grade-change and all sorts of non-continuous processes that require more than one Operating Envelope.

Early Event Prediction with Geometric Process Control

Imagine having 10 minutes or more warning of upcoming abnormal events such as compressor surge or turbine trips, and days warning of slowly developing equipment faults. Operators would have the time to adjust the process to avoid or minimize the impact of the events! This month’s webinar shows how you can build a model from process history and existing engineering knowledge in hours or days.

The Operating Envelope Method for Alarm Limits

The alarm system is key communicating operation status to the operator. Setting alarm limits without considering the process operating envelope doesn’t make sense but is normal in alarm management. Why? Lack of tools (no way to see the envelope), belief that the current way is easiest (despite rationalization having to be revisited and repeated), and organizational inertia are common. This webinar dispels the first two, and gives some support for overcoming the third. We will show you how, with novel multivariate visualization, alarm rationalization and maintenance produce better alarm limits, respecting the actual process operating envelope, while saving manpower in the process. We’ll share some examples of demonstrated successes and discuss how to maintain your alarm system, retaining the benefits gained.

Reduce Process Energy: You Already have the Data

High and volatile energy prices have put the focus on reducing your plant energy expenditure. How can this be done quickly without time-consuming and expensive modelling or extensive data collection?

PPCL’s novel data visualization software is the answer. Using data already present in your historian, engineers can question, discover information and test hypotheses. The keys to minimizing energy usage may already be present, just needing the right techniques to find them. In this webinar we show you how to quickly find these operational changes for improving your energy profile. Implementing these findings with operations can have immediate and significant benefits.

Do not use the Bad Actor Method for Adjusting Alarm or Operating Limits

You’ve rationalized your Alarm and Operating Limits with CVE and are getting the best alarm performance you have ever had. Why would you want to adjust limits and how should you do it? The Capability of many processes changes over time. Eventually you will start getting alarms on temperatures and flows and usually for more than one variable. These are the Bad Actors you want to adjust. You have to do it multi-variably not one at a time but it is quite easy with CVE and we will demonstrate how to do it in this webinar.

What's New in CVE 2.8.2

C Visual Explorer (CVE) is PPCL’s flagship product that enables visualization of thousands of variables and hundreds of thousands of operating points. Powerful data interrogation tools allow filtering and analysis of the data purely visually without require training in statistics or other higher mathematics.

This webinar shows what is coming in CVE 2.8.2, including query outlines, text substitution, selectable color palettes, exporting Pareto information, tools for C Process Modeller (CPM) output, UNICODE support, and numberous bugfixes and enhancements.

We show the new features in the context of process questions and general investigation techniques, no prior knowledge of CVE is required.

Aligning Alarms with Safety, Quality, and Business Objectives

Visualizing the relationship between operating envelope and alarm limits revolutionizes alarm rationalization, producing an alarm system that performs better, with a fraction of the effort traditionally used. The operating envelope uses the process relationships captured implicitly in the plant history to link operations and achievement of business objectives. This then ties alarm limits to achieving plant performance, beyond safety and plant uptime. 


Real-Time Operating Envelope Applications: Basics to Cutting-Edge

Geometric Process Control (GPC) helps users understand, improve, and operate their processes.

This webinar focuses on interpreting the full operating envelope, starting from offline response surface applications and moving through typical process optimization, event prediction and digital twin operations to transient, multi-modal models and finally look at some current developments and their promise for the future. Demonstrations with C Process Modeler (CPM), our real-time product, are included.


How to Reduce Process Energy Usage

Record high energy prices put a focus on reducing your plant energy expenditure. How can this be done quickly without expensive modelling or data collection?  In this webinar we show you how to find operational changes to minimize your energy usage using only data already present in your plant historian.  Implementing these findings with operations quickly can then have immediate and significant cost savings.

PPCL Webinar on Digital Twins For Process Operations

A Digital Twin For Process Operations

Imagine how much better your process would perform if every Process Operator had your Most Experienced, Best-Ever, Expert Operator always at his side. Well now you can and with the Expert’s continuous help your Process Operation will be improved reducing operating costs, emissions and energy usage and delivering higher yields, more consistent product and a safer process.

Is there still a Role for Six Sigma? Improving Six Sigma to Expand its Relevance

Challenges facing implementation of six sigma and lean manufacturing processes include a focus on gut-driven rather than data-driven projects and getting full management buy-in. This is a failure of the analytic tools used in the process. As they focus in detail on the relationship of a small number of variables, project selection is often done intuitively, pre-screening and judging the data and improvement possibilities.

Enhancing the value of Digital Twins with GPC

Digital Twins are showing great promise for the processing industries. The applications of Digital Twins span disciplines of operation, including process control, predictive maintenance, optimization, virtual testing, process improvement, and more. But these benefits come from bringing more and more diverse data sources together, and engineers already struggle to make use of the smaller datasets they use today!

Operational Process Improvement: You already have the Data

You already have the data for enormous potential in improving plant operation through making operational changes to capture, repeat, and improve best historic operation. Understanding your process behavior is key to unlocking benefits such as higher throughput, better product, lowest costs, less waste, and more uptime.

PPCL Webinar on Process Improvement