Rethinking Calibration for Process Spectrometers

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Title:
Rethinking Calibration for Process Spectrometers

Authors:
Will Warkentin, Chevron
Brian Rohrback, Infometrix

Abstract:
Optical spectroscopy is a great source of process chemistry knowledge. It has the advantage of speed, sensitivity, and simple safety requirements. As one of very few analyzer technologies that can measure chemistry, it has become a workhorse in the hydrocarbon processing industry. What if we could put a spectroscopy system in place and have it handle the application and communicate results as soon as it is turned on? Then, if predictions do not match legacy standards, the system dials itself in or calls for help. And, we are not constrained on either the hardware or the software front. In this paper, we address the primary bottleneck of mustering data, automating analyzer calibration, and tracking data and model performance over time.

Keywords:
Best Practices, Calibration, Cloud Computing, Database, Optical Spectroscopy, PLS, Process Control

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