Barry D. Payne & Associates, Inc. has been
serving the process industries since 1984. Headquartered near
Houston, Texas, BDP Inc. provides consulting and project services
throughout the Gulf Coast and Southwest region. Turn-key
automation projects have ranged from Alabama to Wyoming, while
engineering services are offered in response to our clients needs at
both domestic and international locations.
A Practical Approach
Our approach to achieving plant performance improvements
is a pragmatic one. We begin by discussing operational problems and
goals with Client Operations personnel.
This serves two purposes, by providing a quick targeting
of the most useful control improvements for prioritizing, and getting
operations to "buy in" to the value of Advanced Control enhancements.
By targeting and prioritizing known Plant problems, we can gain rapid
and measurable benefits to Plant performance, providing credibility and
building confidence in the value of the effort.
By getting Operations involvement and participation,
we insure that the improvements will not be simply overridden as soon as
the work is completed, assuring continued benefits.
In today's environment, when most homes now have a PC
more powerful than any industrial computer of two decades ago, it is
tempting to assume that most Plants are well automated. The fact
is that many Plants still operate with expensive digital panel boards,
and many Clients have invested in "Advanced Control" projects that now
gather dust due to poor implementation and lack of maintenance. But modern DCS and PLC
controls have the power to produce real, observable benefits to make
plants more reliable, more efficient, and safer. The key is in the
implementation, not in the system.
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