Advanced Process Control (APC) in the form of linear model predictive control (MPC) has existed for more than 40 years. In that time the core algorithms have remained largely unchanged although user interface and model development tools have evolved significantly. By far the most prolific users are still in the oil and gas and petrochemicals industry where APC is a standard expectation in peer-ranked assessments like Solomon. But some key drivers like rising energy costs, sustainability and Industry 4.0 have created a renewed interest in this mature technology. The APC market is showing signs of healthy growth and many new market sectors will benefit from the deployment of this well-proven and tested technology.
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