Process control optimization boutique software house Cutler Technology Corp. (CTC) has signed reseller agreements with Invensys Process Control, Mustang Engineering and UK-based Aptitude Ltd. The deals concern deployment of CTC’s latest Adaptive Multivariable Controller (ADMC) technology. ADMC was developed by CTC president Charles Cutler.
Speaking at the Invensys Process Control user group meeting in Dallas this month (full report in next month’s Oil IT Journal) Cutler reported that the technology has been proven in a large-scale test at a ConcocoPhillips refinery in the US. ADMC utilizes a unique open loop (all valve) model of the process, eliminating the PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) process controllers from the control hierarchy.
A similar deal with Wood Group unit Mustang Engineering, involves application of the ADMC technology to the digital oilfield. In the 1970s, process control automation pioneer Cutler invented Dynamic Matrix Control, founding a company of the same name in 1984. The new technology has added 2-3% to process plant capacity over traditional multivariable controllers. The ADMC controller model also provides the core of CTC’s dynamic operator training simulator.
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