Organizations in any industry involving process control have to implement advanced process control mechanisms for maximizing return on investment (ROI). Maximization of ROI being a very important objective of any industry involving plant management; the key to realizing this is putting the right regulatory process control in place. No external activity, such as buying the most sophisticated control equipment or loading systems with the most advanced software is going to be of any use unless the organization gets its regulatory process control right.
An understanding of regulatory process control
Regulatory process control is the means of monitoring and controlling the process of metamorphosing raw materials and other inputs into final products. Since there is no clearly laid out, authoritative regulation concerning process control in the generalized sense; organizations have to rely on established best practices and principles to arrive at optimal regulatory process control. There is the existence of the proportional-integral-derivative controller (PID controller), but this is more a mechanism than a standard.
So, meeting stringent quality standards involves the application of many highly scientific and precise steps and processes. It involves the use of tightly controlled techniques, into which a hierarchy of well-defined functions and responsibilities consisting of people, facilities and systems has to be instilled from management.
The basis to all this, as we have seen, has to be a regulatory process control system in which people and systems harmonize their functions.
General principles for regulatory process controlAn organization needs to put in a user-ready systems infrastructure which personnel having the requisite qualifications and experience should be able to start using straightway. A faulty or inaccurate regulatory process control mechanism or strategy will impede this, leading to suboptimal control.
The same principles of regulatory process control apply to control system testing as well. This is a process in which the organization uses established documentation techniques to record data relating to problems that could occur at any stage of the regulatory process control.
On the other hand, feedforward regulatory process control is a preventive step in which a load disturbance is measured and a corrective measure of dynamically compensating the disturbance is implemented beforehand.
Purpose of regulatory process controlThe essential role of regulatory process control is to bring down any unacceptable variability in the control system that is subject to changing and often, volatile conditions. In the absence of an effective regulatory control system; each succeeding operation unit has the potential to cause an amount of variation, however small or big, which can pile up throughout the process to eventually impact the quality and cost of the product. Regulatory process control aims to address this by introducing analytical and corrective measures at every stage of the control process.