PID Loop Tuning Pocket Guide v6

PID Loop Tuning Pocket Guide v6 Now Available

We have updated our PID Loop Tuning Pocket Guide! Version 6 includes information on integrating processes, how to test them when tuning open loops as well as the controller references for them too. By investing in tuning your PID loops (temperature, level, pressure and flow), your control loops will operate efficiently, rather than just being functional.

S Wadi-Ramahi

Join Us at the Future Downstream Automation Summit

Join over 100 automation automation and digitalization specialists from leading Downstream Operators, Service Companies and Technology Providers to learn about innovation occurring in the downstream and refining market, how it is expected to evolve over the next 12 months, and ensure that your strategy is
aligned to future possibilities.

Our own Shadi Wadi-Ramahi and Jay Manouchehri will be facilitating a session in Track 3, “Capturing Unrealized Value through Operations and Control Performance Monitoring and Data Analytics.”

Key themes for this year’s event include:

  • Achieving increased efficiency and operational excellence.
  • Innovation, digitalization and people.
  • Business improvement and asset optimization.
  • Identifying and selecting evolving technology solutions.
  • Building the business case and proving ROI.

Come network and collaborate with your peers who may have already solved some of your common challenges.

INTUNE & INTUNE+

ControlSoft Releases INTUNE and INTUNE+ Software v6.6.0.0

The INTUNE and INTUNE+ Software, v.6.6.0.0 release, includes enhancements to the following areas:

  • Server – Updated project backup functionality, loop import/export functionality, and object user name validation.
  • Licensing – Added additional support for USB key validation.
  • Plugins – Improved Adapt Tune diagnostic mode, added new properties to Trending faceplate, improved ComparePID faceplate, and updated Auto Tune trend settings.
  • Controller – Added additional property for Emerson Ovation controllers.
  • General – Updated OPC client driver.

For detailed information, please see the INTUNE Software v6.6.0.0 Release Notes, publication MN110A-EN, included with the software download.

Hiram Process Control

ControlSoft Signs Value-added Reseller Agreement with Hiram Process Control Engineering

ControlSoft is pleased to announce the signing of a value-added reseller agreement with Hiram Process Control Engineering, a consulting company serving industrial process control companies in Israel.

Hiram Process Control is led by Avihu Hiram, a process and control expert with over 45 years of experience specializing in process control, process monitoring, process design and hazardous material safety, and focused on energy issues and environmental implications.

“We are pleased to welcome Hiram Process Control Engineering to the ControlSoft family,” said Shadi Wadi-Ramahi, Commercial Manager at ControlSoft, Inc. “As we continue to expand our presence globally, Hiram Process Control Engineering will help us provide service to customers in Israel, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

About ControlSoft

Since 1985, ControlSoft has been a global provider of platform-independent process control software and engineered solutions. Our products and services are sought by prominent companies in leading industries. By maintaining a focus on improving plant availability, production efficiency, operational safety and environmental compliance, we continue to deliver world-class control solutions for our customers.

Press contact

Paul Botzman
pbotzman@controlsoftinc.com
phone 440-443-3900, ext. 101

ControlSoft Signs Value-added Reseller Agreement with APOGEE Process Control Consulting

ControlSoft is pleased to announce that we have signed a Value-added Reseller (VAR) agreement with APOGEE Process Control Consulting, a consulting company providing advanced software solutions and consulting services, headquartered in Pune, India. Together, the two companies will work to deliver value-driven advanced process control solutions in India.

APOGEE offers software solutions and services in the following areas:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Advanced Process Automation (RPA and RCA)
  • Integrated Manufacturing Operations Management (iMOM)
  • Operational Excellence
  • IT-OT Integration

“As ControlSoft looks to expand our global footprint, we are excited to partner with APOGEE to deliver value to the process industries in India,” said Joe Patella, General Manager of ControlSoft, Inc. “ControlSoft is committed to expanding our portfolio and industry reach and we are looking forward to this new opportunity with APOGEE.”

Both ControlSoft and APOGEE have extensive expertise in process control and work closely with their customers to optimize their process performance, improve plant reliability, and increase bottom line performance.

About ControlSoft

Since 1985, ControlSoft has been a global provider of platform-independent process control software and engineered solutions. Our products and services are sought by prominent companies in leading industries. By maintaining a focus on improving plant availability, production efficiency, operational safety and environmental compliance, we continue to deliver world-class control solutions for our customers.

Press Contact

Paul Botzman
pbotzman@controlsoftinc.com
phone 440-443-3900, ext. 101

ControlSoft Signs Value-added Reseller Agreement with Optimo Group

ControlSoft is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Optimo Group, a consulting company providing industrial process control services, headquartered in Westfield, IN. Together, the two companies will be serving the process industries in the United States and Latin America.

Optimo Group is led by Fernando Otero, a process automation consultant and instructor and an ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP), with over 30 years of experience.  Fernando specializes in process control strategy design, process optimization, variability management, and advanced control, working with DCSs and PLCs in multiple industries, including power generation, oil and gas transmission, oil refining, pulp and paper, and chemical processing.

“We are excited to add Optimo Group’s wealth of experience in process control to the ControlSoft family as we look to expand our presence in the Latin America region,” said Joe Patella, General Manager of ControlSoft, Inc.

Both ControlSoft and Optimo Group have extensive expertise in process control and work closely with their customers to optimize their process performance, improve plant reliability, and increase bottom line performance.

About ControlSoft

Since 1985, ControlSoft has been a global provider of platform-independent process control software and engineered solutions. Our products and services are sought by prominent companies in leading industries. By maintaining a focus on improving plant availability, production efficiency, operational safety and environmental compliance, we continue to deliver world-class control solutions for our customers.

Press Contact

Paul Botzman
pbotzman@controlsoftinc.com
phone 440-443-3900, ext. 101

Chet Mroz

Join Us at the Future Midstream Automation Summit

Our own Chet Mroz (General Manager, eSimulation, Inc.) will be facilitating a roundtable discussion on the optimization of the Midstream business at the 2019 Future Midstream Automation Summit on February 19, in Houston, TX.

Discussion topics will include:

  1. Optimization definition and midstream applications
  2. Optimization methods and software used (in maintenance and commercial/business functions)
  3. IIoT, Industrie 4.0, Digitization, Digitalization and Digital Transformation (in operations, engineering, maintenance, business and IT functions)
  4. Experiences with real-time optimization in the Midstream business

In the Energy and Chemical industry, there are many complex optimization decisions to be made due to the vast number of variables that can be controlled and the large quantity of disturbances and constraints. Identifying the true variables and constraints is in itself a deep art. Correlation-based models are used for optimization when accuracy is not as important as feasibility. While LP planning tools do not represent the plant accurately, they have been the planning tool of choice for decades because they make the planning problem easy to formulate and solve; inventory is used to make up for inaccuracies in their conclusions. However, sloppiness in accuracy comes at a cost – the actual optimum solution is likely worth a lot more – yields will be better, energy consumption lower and required inventory holdings will be decreased. Again, rigorous models used for optimization will find the best answer.

Join the roundtable discussion as we discuss which optimization practices should be implemented for the best economic outcome.

ControlSoft Acquires eSimulation, Inc. and DxT3, Inc.

ControlSoft, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have acquired eSimulation, Inc. and its joint venture partner, DxT3, Inc.

eSimulation, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is a pioneer in the field of midstream natural gas gathering and processing cloud-based software solutions that predict the effects of operational and business performance based on fluctuating market and asset conditions. The solutions also provide prescriptive guidance to optimize profitability under all market and asset conditions. eSimulation’s optimization solutions have been successfully applied to over 50 natural gas processing units since the company’s inception in 2000. eSimulation also provides cloud-based digitalization technology that streamlines upstream and midstream gathering businesses to significantly reduce the effort required to manage these assets.

eSimulation solutions include:

eSimEvaluator® – a business modeling platform that models midstream businesses from the wellhead across gas gathering and compression systems and through to multi-plant super systems to optimize the entire midstream business on a daily basis

eSimOptimizer® – a highly detailed (rigorous), model-based solution to optimize product recoveries versus the energy required to extract natural liquids (NGL’s) at current commodity prices and on a near real-time basis for gas processing plants. The Process Safety and Surveillance module provides additional value by monitoring the gas plant to identify process equipment problems early to avoid safety incidents and possible shutdowns

eSimGathering® – along with its FieldSync mobile application captures wellhead, compression, and gathering field data on a laptop, Android, or iOS device. eSimGathering applications include the Condensate Inventory Management system, Pig Tracking application, Greenhouse Gas Monitoring system, and the Oil and Gas Volume Tracker for loss management

DxT3, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an exclusive licensee and joint venture partner of eSimulation that focuses on developing market channels for eSimulation product offerings within the Appalachian Basin.

Through this acquisition, eSimulation can offer a wider range of value-added solutions to the midstream and upstream industries. For example, ControlSoft’s MANTRA® advanced process control (APC) platform can help stabilize gas plants, condensate stabilizers, and fractionation facilities and enable operators to effectively hit optimization targets. Furthermore, ControlSoft’s INTUNE®+ control loop performance monitoring (CLPM) software will help operators evaluate control health to sustain optimal performance. These solutions complement eSimulation’s in-plant optimization solutions.

“The acquisition of eSimulation and its joint venture partner, DxT3, signifies a major milestone in support of ControlSoft’s optimization business strategy. The eSimulation software platform is a comprehensive, integrated, and easy-to-use suite of solutions for optimizing the performance of gas production, gathering and processing. Adding eSimulation to our business will enable ControlSoft to provide predictive and prescriptive operations and reliability capabilities to further differentiate our offerings, creating additional value for our customers and opening up a new market for ControlSoft in Upstream and Midstream Oil & Gas opportunities,” said Tien-Li Chia, Ph.D., President of ControlSoft.

“eSimulation’s employees are excited to join the ControlSoft team. eSimulation shares ControlSoft’s vision for advanced process control and optimization technologies. We are especially excited about combining our expertise in gas gathering and processing with ControlSoft’s extensive field experience in industrial process control, their patented technologies for advanced process control, and their analysis software. We believe this will result in new and exciting value opportunities for eSimulation’s midstream customers as well as growth opportunities for our employees,” said Mark Roop, eSimulation cofounder.

“In early 2017, the eSimulation and DxT3 joint venture was created with the singular purpose of creating a dynamic platform company for the adoption of web-based digitalization software applications (IIoT- Industrial Internet of Things) within the midstream segment of the Oil and Gas industry. The adoption of these technologies is now accelerating in the Midstream Industry and especially within the Appalachian Basin due to its abundance of natural gas resources in the Marcellus and Utica fields. With this acquisition, ControlSoft, which has been established in the Appalachian region for 30 years with customers in the chemical and manufacturing industries, is now poised to grow its process control and optimization solutions and services by leveraging the new digital transformation technologies to a broader portion of the Chemical and Oil and Gas industries, rapidly developing in the Appalachian basin as well as throughout North America. We look forward to being a catalyst for new growth opportunities within ControlSoft and expanding the breadth of its operations within the upstream and midstream oil and gas markets,” said Chet Mroz, President of DxT3 Inc.

“Our relationship with eSimulation’s Mark Roop and Steve Hendon culminated in the establishment of DxT3 in 2017 in order to create new channels to market for eSimulation’s applications within the Appalachian Basin. We are pleased to have realized this vision with the merger of DxT3 into eSimulation and ControlSoft’s long presence in this region. We look forward to joining the ControlSoft family along with our eSimulation partner,” said Mark Santo, Founder and Chairman of DxT3 Inc.

Additional Information

ControlSoft: www.controlsoftinc.com
eSimulation: www.esimulation.com
DxT3: www.dxt3.com

About ControlSoft

Since 1985, ControlSoft has been advising industrial operating companies on how to optimize plant performance with new and existing assets through improvements in their process control. Our products and services are sought by prominent companies in leading industries. By maintaining a focus on improving plant availability, production efficiency, operational safety and environmental compliance, we continue to grow and expand our technologies and we are honored to be recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for 2016 and 2017.

Media Contact

Claude Flandro
cflandro@controlsoftinc.com
phone 440-443-3900, ext. 111

eSimEvaluator, eSimOptimizer, and eSimGathering are registered trademarks of eSimulation, Inc.
INTUNE and MANTRA are registered trademarks of ControlSoft, Inc.

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Shadi Wadi-Ramahi Joins ControlSoft

ControlSoft is pleased to welcome our newest team member, Shadi Wadi-Ramahi, as a Commercial Manager responsible for managing the sales for several of our major accounts, overseeing our channel partner program and for managing all of our inside sales activities.

Mr. Wadi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University, and an MBA degree from Oakland City University, and comes to us with 23 plus years’ experience in industrial automation and process control. Prior to joining ControlSoft, Mr. Wadi-Ramahi held key positions at other well-known industrial automation companies, including Metso, Invensys Ltd., and Yokogawa. In his latest position at Metso, he was responsible for managing channel partners in North America and the Middle East. Mr. Wadi-Ramahi is fluent in both English and Arabic.

Joe Patella, General Manager said “Shadi’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge make him keenly qualified to assume a major role within the ControlSoft family.  The addition of Shadi strongly reflects our commitment to remaining a leader in our industry.  Our customers continue to demand technological excellence from every member of our team and we were fortunate to find someone of Shadi’s caliber to fill this position. I’m confident that Shadi will continue our heritage of providing and implementing quality solutions for our customers.”

We believe Mr. Wadi will be a great asset to our growing team, as we continue to expand ControlSoft software and services globally, and we welcome him aboard.

About ControlSoft

Since 1985, ControlSoft has been a global provider of platform-independent process control software and engineered solutions. Our products and services are sought by prominent companies in leading industries. By maintaining a focus on improving plant availability, production efficiency, operational safety and environmental compliance, we continue to deliver world-class control solutions for our customers.