Start-Ups Do Not Have to Be Difficult

9 February, 2011 | White paper


Expert, Process Control

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Between design and start-up, much can be done to rationalize, standardize, and anticipate problems. In addition, selecting the right options and parameters can greatly reduce issues at start-up.

During the design phase, engineers can astutely make the proper choices without additional costs to prepare a successful start-up. For instance, traditionally, programmers have much flexibility during the programming phase; design documents do not always specify the selection of algorithms, default values, options, and selections. Similarly, HMIs should be designed according to standards.

This paper will suggest steps and actions to reduce start-up time substantially. A series of tips and tricks are presented, especially to select most parameters in advance. These steps will guide the programmers by providing standardization, default values, and better choices for options.

Finally, a series of analyses are suggested for the start-up phase. It will be shown that very few tests are necessary when using modern tools, since operational data are usually sufficient.

Examples of successful start-ups will be presented using modern tools and appropriate programming standards. Performance evaluation should also be part of the start-up phase and appropriate measurement should be defined to detect bad actors.

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