Expertune offers web-based training on plant performance supervision & PID tuning software |

Expertune offers web-based training on plant performance supervision & PID tuning software

Expertune offers web-based training on plant performance supervision & PID tuning software
Online training explodes the myths of plant performance

August 3, 2006 - ExperTune is offering free web-based training to improve plant performance. ”The 6 Myths of Process Performance” identifies the “right things” to focus on for improved process performance. The myths represent outdated methods of plant performance improvement. Each myth is debunked in a short 5-minute video.

Suddenly plant personnel can see exactly where to focus their efforts. The old methods, or "myths", of performance improvement are no longer relevant. ExperTune’s free on-line training videos expose the “right things”, and explode these common myths. The 6 Myths of Plant Performance are:
1. Tuning is Everything
2. Averages Are More Important Than Dynamics
3. There Isn’t Time to Look at Everything
4. Each Unit Operation is an Island
5. Analog Instruments Can’t Deliver Diagnostics
6. You Can’t Show the Value in Dollars and Cents

John Gerry, President and founder of ExperTune, says “Most process plants are awash in a sea of data generated by their control systems. The ‘6 Myths’ series explains how to focus on the right real-time performance measures to get better plant results. The secrets of better performance are exposed as we de-bunk each myth.”

Each training session debunks one of the 6 myths. For example, in Myth 1:"Tuning is Everything", we discover that tuning is the last thing you should examine. What about process noise, linearity, disturbances and interactions, valve sizing and performance, controller design and operator changes?

Focus on these items first to multiply the benefits of controller tuning. In “Myth 2: Averages Are More Important Than Dynamics”, we learn that plant dynamic behavior actually drives the plant results, such as cost, quality, and throughput. Focusing on the right measures of dynamic performance will deliver plant performance results proactively.

Mr. Gerry adds, “All the process data you need is readily available via OPC. Condensing the data into meaningful real-time performance measures keeps everyone focused on the most important issues. Those who have adapted their methods to use this information are now saving millions of dollars.”

Each of the ‘6 Myths’ sessions is a short video, including live demonstrations and practical examples.

The videos are presented in standard Windows Media (.wmv) format. The 6 Myths series are available at

About PlantTriage
PlantTriage is a Performance Supervision System, designed to improve the performance of equipment, operations, and controls. PlantTriage extracts data from existing control systems, using industry-standard OPC communications. Based on ExperTune's award-winning control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage then makes prioritized recommendations for performance improvement. With integrated control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage is the only complete performance supervision system.

About ExperTune
For 20 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software that runs in thousands of plants world-wide. PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software oversees the optimization of an entire plant. PlantTriage optimizes the entire process, including equipment, operations, and controls.

ExperTune's full suite of optimization tools is designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The company's analysis tools include interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency analysis, and process modeling.
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