Indexed on: 01 Feb '85Published on: 01 Feb '85Published in: Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Automation is the function of monitoring and regulating process operations non-manually or remotely to check or maintain the required processing conditions and product quality, the use of instrumental techniques of analysis in the laboratory and the use of computers for data processing and other miscellaneous applications. Applications where automation is justifiable and the impact of changing trends in automation technology, especially the recent influx of microprocessor-based systems, are discussed briefly. Applications in the palm oil mill where automation is fairly well-developed and is being developed, as well as ideas for future applications are reviewed. An example of a practical approach to automation in palm oil mills is given using automatic control of crude oil dilution.