Thursday, July 24, 2014

Refinery optimization

The declining global economy and increasing regional regulations are taking their toll on refineries. These two issues prove that there is no better time to improve performance and profitability. SimSci by Schneider Electric has developed products that find any chance of profitability anywhere in the refinery.

SimSci ROMeo Online Performance Suite solution provides optimization features for the entire refinery. ROMeo Utilities Optimization optimizes the way plants supply energy from its utilities. It will significantly reduce energy cost, which is very often a refinery’s greatest expense. ROMeo Process Optimization allows for a change in operation based on current economic and process conditions. SimSci ROMeo solutions are used by some of the world’s leading refineries including Exxon Mobil, Shell, and BASF. Invensys Yield Accounting Solution provides refineries with more accurate data and more reliable tracking. In doing this, it provides less room for error which also optimizes performance. Planning & Off-sites Integration with ROMeo is another Invensys optimization solution. Integrating ROMeo with planning LP technology and off-sites management applications allows for much less manual work.

Join the world’s leading refineries and start optimizing performance in your workplace by choosing Invensys optimization solutions.

From Market Realist: "Why has the US refining industry been so profitable lately?"

Interesting read on the profitability factors for US refining: here

SimSci software for modeling, rating and modifying complex relief systems, #TechValidate

Customer Evidence verified by TechValidate.

About VISUAL FLOW: SimSci VISUAL FLOW is a fluid flow simulator that designs, rates, and analyzes oil and gas flare networks. This Invensys application provides safer design and operation for engineers while also providing a reduced capital and operating cost. VISUAL FLOW is DIERS compliant while also complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), API 520, and Health Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory requirements. This application is integrated with the SIM4ME Portal, creating a user-friendly environment based on an Excel interface.
Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

CSAPR is coming - will you be ready? We can help!

Comply with CSAPR quicker and more cost effectively with SimSci APC!

SimSci by Schneider ElectricThe Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that implements stricter emissions standards with the goal of reducing the emission of pollutants such as NOx and Sox was recently upheld by the US Supreme Court. Are you ready to meet these new regulations? 

Our proven advanced process control (APC) technology allows you to make significant progress towards CSAPR compliance for a fraction of pollution-reducing equipment cost in short time. SimSci by Schneider Electric can help power producers move towards compliance more cost effectively and quicker than installing expensive emissions reducing equipment such as scrubbers or selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. In cases where greater reductions are required, then smaller emissions reducing equipment may be installed with lower operating costs.

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SimSci APC 2014

Control Systems: Advanced Process Control Ain't Easy

Interesting article!! Check it out.

Advanced Process Control Ain't Easy

End Users and Suppliers Agree: Advanced Process Control Is a Powerful and Effective Tool, but Implementation and Maintenance Need to Be Simplified

Control Systems: Advanced Process Control Ain't Easy

Repost: What is SCP270?

Guest Post by Janet Parker

What is SCP270?

SCP270 is a “virtual stimulation” of the Foxboro I/A Series DCS Control Processor (CP) combined with modeling capability from DYNSIM. SCP270 software is built from the same CP270 algorithms and communication infrastructure of I/A Series control processors. All operational and engineering applications, processes, and equipment that run with I/A Series control systems, run the same way with SCP270 software.

It is important to understand the difference between “full stimulation,” “virtual stimulation” and emulation. Full stimulation replaces the sensors with a software model that pushes the equivalent 4 – 20 mA signal into the Fieldbus Modules (FBM)/control processor using the same communication protocols, processor algorithms, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) as the real unit. This type of activity is good enough for “end-to-end” safety validation to ensure the control system is 100% functional from a hardware standpoint. Virtual stimulation replaces the sensors with a mathematical model and the controllers and FBMs with a simulation that is derived from the identical algorithms and communication protocols as the actual controllers. When used in the context of dynamic simulation, emulation can be considered a mathematical model built by a separate company based on documentation and controller observation. It typically extends to the HMI and is only useful for low quality training, not for control logic checkout or validation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

57% of surveyed SimSci customers evaluated alternative plant configurations with SimSci software from Invensys, #TechValidate

Customer Survey verified by TechValidate.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Wobbe index in PRO/II

The Wobbe Index is a measure of caloric value and has the same units as GHV (energy / time).  The formula for the calculation is:

Wobbe Index = GHV / SQRT(SPGR) / Zavg

where, GHV is the ideal GHV of the stream, SPGR is the specific gravity with respect to air, and Zavg is the average compressibility at standard temperature and pressure.

Repost: What is assay knowledge management?

Guest Blogger, Emma Price, Customer Relationship Manager for Spiral Software
Spiral was founded with a vision to transform the oil industry’s use of software, helping to maximise the value of every drop of crude oil. The inspiration behind this was twofold.
Firstly, the evolving industry context creates new challenges and opportunities. Refiners are seeing a more diverse feedstock market than ever before—diverse in both quality and pricing. There are now many crude oils available which present some processing challenges in return for a discounted market price. At the same time, product specifications are becoming more stringent and legislation is tightening around safer operational limits. Put together, this makes a confident understanding of feedstock refining behaviour more important than it has ever been.
Secondly, the new capabilities of information technology enable effective collaboration, even across huge global organisations. It is perfectly realistic to gather real-time information from operating sites and provide meaningful analytics that help users collaborate to make the best possible decisions. This is the step from looking at assay data as simply a set of laboratory measurements to seeing it as “assay knowledge”: bringing together assay measurement with operational data, refinery models, past experience, market information and even news feeds.
This is what we mean by “assay knowledge management” and since 1998, our tools span this whole space: from traditional implementations at laboratories that help them validate and work-up assay data, through to oil major implementations with over 2,500 users in a single enterprise, spanning every area of the business, across upstream exploration, feedstock trading, strategy and operations.
This pushes well outside the bounds of legacy assay management software. For example, some of the largest commodity trading companies use our tools to run thousands of cases to understand how markets would react to feedstock and refining capacity changes. In parallel, engineering and consulting companies use our tools to analyse strategic investments, understanding the future value and risk of capital investments and green field developments.

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