The Advanced Control Technology Club 
Economic Justification of Investment in Automation and Major Plant Improvements

Held at Brunel University, London. 27th November 2002

This meeting is open to employees of ACT Club member companies and invited non-Club members. This meeting is free of charge to employees of ACT Club member companies and speakers. Employees of companies that are not ACT Club members will be required to pay a nominal fee to help defray our costs (see below for details).

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations are now available on-line (to ACT Club members only) from our Download Centre, or simply by clicking on the appropriate link in the agenda below.

NOTE: Presentation material downloaded from our web-site should not be incorporated (either in part or in entirety) into other work etc., nor distributed (either in part or in entirety) to third parties, without the express permission of the authors.


One major obstacle to the take-up of plant and process improvement schemes by industry is the difficulty of performing a sufficiently accurate a-priori cost benefit analysis to justify the necessary investment. This practically-oriented meeting will bring together information on how companies are currently approaching the problem and will summarise methodologies, research and new ideas from a wide spectrum of sources. The idea that additional benefits could be obtained if technical control systems and financial control systems were more closely integrated will be put forward.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

9.45       Welcome to Brunel University,
9.50       The Importance of a-priori Justification for Investment in Automation, Prof. Ron Leigh, Brunel University [60KB]
                         - an overview of some approaches that have been used in anger at British Steel
                         - some interpreted examples from a survey of the literature
10.30     Benchmarking as an Aid to Identifying Under-performing Control Loops, Andy Clegg, ACT Club [172KB]
11.10     TEA/COFFEE
11.25     The Economic Benefits of Tighter Control, Alan Hugo, Control Arts Inc. (USA) [44KB]
                         - some explanatory notes that accompany the slides are also available here. [14KB]
12.00     BUFFET LUNCH and informal discussions
13.00     Illustrations of methodologies used at a Titanium Dioxide Producer, Reza Shariati, Huntsman Tioxide [390KB]
13.40     Illustrations of methodologies used at Kodak, David Rogers, Technology Co-ordinator, Kodak Ltd. [106KB]
14.20     TEA/COFFEE
14.35     A Business-oriented Approach to Automation and Control Projects , Alan Munns, ABB Industrial Systems [83KB]
                         - a paper that accompanies the slides is also available here. [39KB]
15.15     Approaches to Pre-justification of Automation in Food Processing Plant, Dan Bassett, Invensys
16.15     CLOSE

On-line registration is closed for this event.

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