Listen in: Ethanol producer adopts model predictive control to boost production

Optimizing platform offers process specific capabilities not available from conventional regulatory control.

08/06/2008


Ethanol producer White Energy Inc ., has awarded a multi-site model predictive control (MPC) project to Pavilion Technologies . The project will help improve ethanol production at White Energy’s three plants in Kansas and Texas. ( Click here for a four minute interview with Michael Tay , manager of sales engineering for Pavilion.)

White Energy is the first and largest producer of ethanol in Texas and the fifth largest ethanol producer in the U.S., with plants in Russell, KS, Hereford, TX, and Plainview, TX.

“Pavilion has an impressive record and reputation for providing major and sustainable benefits to ethanol producers,” says David Diwik, president and chief executive officer of White Energy. “This project will help maximize plant performance, increase ethanol yield, and reduce energy consumption, helping us meet our goal of becoming one of the most efficient producers of ethanol in the biofuels industry.”

Pavilion’s model predictive control platform reportedly creates a comprehensive model of the production process that predicts and analyzes variable process parameters to optimize nearly every step of production, including milling/cooking, fermentation, distillation/sieving and stillage.

White Energy will also implement Pavilion’s production performance management (PPM) software at each plant and its Dallas headquarters to manage and adjust ethanol production and yield based on shifting materials, energy costs and ethanol prices.

“I’ve spent more than 15 years in ethanol plant operations and strive to get every last ounce of ethanol out of a plant and a bushel of corn,” says Ron Dunbar, vice president of operations for White Energy. “The Pavilion solution will help us do exactly that—maximize our resources while helping our plants run at top efficiency and capacity.”

Pavilion says it has installed its MPC platform in more than 30 ethanol plants. “We are very proud that White Energy has chosen Pavilion Technologies to help continually improve its long-term performance and production,” says Ralph Carter, director of Pavilion Technologies. “We look forward to delivering major results.”

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Process & Advanced Control Monthly
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of free eNewsletters .





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.