The Finnish oil refining company Neste is the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel. The company invests significant resources on continuous research activities. While most of the equipment of the company’s R&D unit is controlled by automation systems, part of the laboratory scale equipment was based on manual unit controller technology. As the experiences from a modern and efficient automation system were extremely positive, a decision was made to also have the smaller-scale equipment integrated into a modern control system.
Neste aimed to find an agile control system providing all the necessary features and that would be particularly suited to laboratory-scale research equipment.