Advanced process control

Advanced process control solutions for industry

Stabilizing, improving, and optimizing plant performance

ANDRITZ offers a suite of advanced control solutions that help industrial operations remove bottlenecks, reduce energy consumption, produce higher quality products more consistently, and lower production costs.

Control stabilization with BrainWave 

BrainWave is a patented advanced controller that outperforms traditional Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control because of its two main components: an adaptive model and a predictive controller. BrainWave builds its own live models during normal plant operations, a powerful feature not offered by traditional Model Predictive Control (MPC) systems.


A paper mill in Uruguay


Gold bar being poured

BrainWave’s predictive controller accurately forecasts process responses and accounts for multiple objectives. It adapts to process conditions, such as changes in production rate, keeping the process on target. BrainWave can also accept measured disturbance inputs, like raw materials properties, and takes corrective action before the process is pushed off target (PID, by comparison, must wait for the error to occur, and then reacts). 

BrainWave easily integrates with existing control systems and its patented Laguerre technology means an average implementation time of just a few weeks. Best of all, the plant’s own staff can support and deploy BrainWave.


Control screens at a pulp mill in Chile

Control optimization with ACE (Advanced Control Expert) 

ACE is an automated “expert operator” that works in conjunction with the BrainWave solution to fully optimize a process. The expert operator in ACE is always at full attention, never distracted, and achieves optimum conditions for the plant.

Once BrainWave has stabilized a process, ACE can be implemented to determine the best set points, so that the process can operate at maximum efficiency. Unlike the Black Box solutions offered by others, ACE communicates to the operators in their native language, advising them about changing strategies and goals, constraints, and operational issues.

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