The practical application of advanced control can have a significant impact on process performance. In many processes it can double profitability. Course delegates will learn not only the importance of process control but also how it is applied. Successful implementation depends also on the awareness of others of the benefits and the efforts involved in installation. The courses are of value not only to those directly involved in implementation but also to process management and other technical support groups who have responsibility for maintaining and improving process profitability. Delegates would include control engineers, process engineers, mechanical engineers, instrument engineers, instrument technicians and plant supervisors.
The courses stress the practical application of basic and advanced control techniques, using the minimum of control theory. They comprise a number of relatively short classroom sessions each followed by more lengthy 'hands-on' work. Delegates work in small groups on a process simulated on a PC. If required Whitehouse can continue to support the client, providing advice on the implementation of technology and in project execution.
Most of Whitehouse's clients license the software for long term use. The courses are intensive and the software provides an effective refresher when the delegate wishes to apply the technology. It is also used by many clients to train employees who have not attended the courses. Over 150 sites now use the package in this way.
The course tutor, Myke King, has over 35 years experience in the practical application of process control. His early career was spent with ICI and Esso. For almost 35 years he has been an independent consultant working for many of the world's leading companies. He has taught process control to over 2,500 engineers. Course delegates have the opportunity to discuss, with Myke, application of the technology to their own process. Most are able to return to their plant and make an immediate impact on its performance. Myke can similarly offer advice on how larger projects should be progressed and which vendors and technologies should be considered.