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Control Strategies to Improve Process Efficiency and Capacity

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 2:00pm CDT
In-Person / Local
The Engineering Center
4359 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
United States

Our April meeting will feature a seminar on control strategies presented by Greg McMillan from 2 to 5 pm followed by an evening presentation on strange but true stories from the process control world.  Attendees will learn how to setup control loops to improve the performance of biological and chemical reactors, crystallizers, dyers, distillation columns, evaporators, heat exchangers, and vessel heating and cooling systems. The focus will be on use of cascade control, ratio control, and valve position control to inherently minimize raw material and energy use and maximize quality and production rate.  After dinner, attendees will be entertained, surprised and enlightened about important process control problems and solutions not commonly discussed or even known.  The case histories include stories about compressor control, furnace pressure control, level control, pH control, pH modeling, reactor control, signal filtering, and temperature control.

During this meeting we will recognize our members with over 25 years in AIChE with a memento.  We do this for every fifth anniversary after 25 years.  As a recipient you will receive a personal invitation.

Attendees will receive 3 PDHs for the seminar and 1 PDH for the dinner talk.

The Speaker

Greg’s areas of expertise include dynamic simulation, loop performance, controller tuning, valve dynamics, opportunity assessments, fermenter control, pH control, and reactor control. Greg, an ISA fellow, has authored over 20 books about varying process automation topics and holds 4 patents for his work in process automation industry. Greg was also one of the first inductees into the Control Magazine Process Automation Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the International Society of Automation (ISA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Greg retired from Monsanto where he was employed for 33 years. Greg was also an affiliate Professor at Washington University in Saint Louis. Greg has a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Kansas University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Control Theory) from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Greg has been working as a consultant with MYNAH Technologies since 2010.

WHERE: Engineering Center of Saint Louis, 4359 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 27th

  1:30-2:00 Registration for the seminar
  2:00-5:00 “Control Strategies to Improve Process Efficiency and Capacity
  5:00-6:00 Happy hour and registration for dinner
  6:00-6:45 Dinner
  6:45-7:15 Awards
  7:15-8:30 Presentation on “Strange but True Process Control Stories

COST (credit cards accepted - add 1$ for each dinner or seminar)

MENU: Caesar Salad, Orzo Pasta, House Made Baked Cannelloni, Chicken Piccata, Assorted Rolls, Dessert, Coffee/Tea

RSVP: Todd Jaco at or 1.573.631.5242 no later than April 18th.  Please indicate if you are with ASME, ACS, AIChE or other organization in your RSVP.

Reservations made and not cancelled by noon, April 20th, will be billed to you.