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Instrumentation Reference Book, 4th Edition by Walt Boyes

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Chapter 34. Advanced Control for the Plant Floor
Dr. James R. and Ford P.E.

34.1. Introduction

Advanced process control (APC) is a fairly mature body of engineering technology. Its evolution closely mirrors that of the digital computer and its close cousin, the modern microprocessor. APC was born in the 1960s, evolved slowly and somewhat painfully through its adolescence in the 1970s, flourished in the 1980s (with the remarkable advances in computers and digital control systems, or DCSs), and reached maturity in the 1990s, when model predictive control (MPC) ascended to the throne of supremacy as the preferred approach for implementing APC solutions.
As Zak Friedman1 dared to point out in a recent article, the current decade has witnessed tremendous ...

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