Monday, February 27, 2012

Recent Releases....

We are please to announce the releases of the following!

FSIM Plus 4.7
SimSci-Esscor Logic Validator
PRO/II 9.1.1

Backing up a PRO/II file with a keyword file

PRO/II allows you to export data to a keyword file (*.inp) and regenerate the model by importing this keyword file. From version 8.0 onwards the export to keywords will also generate a back-up of the sfd drawing file (*_backup.sfd). Providing you keep the back-up sfd file with it's keyword file and the keyword file has not been modified in any way, the re-imported keyword file will not lose it's layout.

Also since PRO/II 8.0, saving a model will create a back-up input file (*_backip.inp) within the model's prz file. This can always be extracted from the prz, a zip file, and used to regenerate a model.

For further details, please contact Technical Support.

Refinery-wide Optimization is featured in this month’s edition of Refinery Operations

"Refinery Wide Optimization: Part 1"-- is featured in this month’s edition of Refinery Operations

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Don't forget to register for our free webinar: Crude Column Optimization on Wednesday February 29th

Don't forget to register for our free webinar: Crude Column Optimization on Wednesday February 29th

What's covered in this 60-minute webinar:
  • Discussion of optimization of a crude column
  • Demonstration of crude column optimization with ROMeo
REGISTER HERE!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

PRO/II Keystroke shortcuts


The latest versions of PRO/II allow you to alleviate the stress on your mouse clicking finger as most menu items can be accessed by keystrokes. The menus can be accessed by hitting the Alt key with the first letter of the menu name, for example Alt-F for the File menu (note the Output menu is Alt-U). The key letter for individual menu items is underlined, so for example hitting Alt-I, T will take you to the Thermodynamic data entry window.

Individual keystrokes can be used for zoom control and certain menu items, such as some edit commands, can be accessed by hitting the Control key and a key letter, for example Ctrl-R shortcuts Restore Input Data on the Input menu.

Many right mouse click menu items can also be accessed by key letter once the menu is brought up.


For further details, please contact Technical Support.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Invensys Operations Management in the News


Automation World, Published: 2/17/2012
Safety Network Systems Explained
Now sanctioned by global industry standards, safety networks are increasingly desirable in the United States, benefiting process industry users and manufacturing machine users alike. Al Fung, control and safety product marketing manager, Invensys Operations Management, explains how safety instrumented systems are part of the ongoing movement to make the industrial world a safer place.

SustainablePlant, Published: 2/16/2012
Simulation Trains Operators to Safely Operate Advanced Energy Plants
Established as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's initiative to advance new clean-energy technology for power generation, the Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research Center in Morgantown, W.Va., is dedicated to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of advanced energy plants with carbon capture, focusing on clean coal power. Dynamic simulation and other advanced applications from Invensys Operations Management are helping meet that goal.

Automation World, Published: 2/9/2012
Simulating Complex Processes for Alternative Energy Production
Complexity is a challenge when it comes to tapping into alternative energy sources, especially for those processes that gasify biomasses as fuel. These processes introduce unique control issues so operators need software tools that cover both the chemical-process space and the power-generation space. Steve Zitney, Ph.D., director of the Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training and Research Center at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, W.Va., explains how dynamic simulation and 3-D virtual reality solutions from Invensys Operations Management are helping to prove the viability of clean-coal power.

InTech, Published: 1/30/2012
Processing Heavier Crudes to Meet Future Needs
Because it is non-renewable source, the availability of crude oil is decreasing, making it more important than ever to find better ways to exploit heavy oils and oil sands. One method of doing that is via SAGD-- steam-assisted gravity drainage. Joe McMullen, product marketing manager for Invensys Operations Management, explains how coupling a pipeline simulator with a reservoir simulator can accurately model the entire SAGD process, helping upstream operators take advantage of and extract readily available alternative crude resources.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Linking PRO/II and Microsoft Excel


In the latest versions of PRO/II there are a number of ways you can link to Microsoft Excel. You can generate output reports directly to Excel using SIM4ME Reports, customizing these reports to meet your specific data requirements. An Excel spreadsheet can be embedded as a unit operation in PRO/II, thus allowing users to configure and test in-house models (e.g. custom reactors) in a familiar environment and to use them within a PRO/II flowsheet. The SIM4ME Portal allows you to create bespoke Excel interfaces between PRO/II, PipePhase and INPLANT without the need to write one line of code – variables are linked by drag and drop. The SIM4ME Portal allows the bidirectional transfer of applicable variables, Unit of Measure support and control of model execution directly through Excel.

Additionally, the more "traditional" ways to transfer data to and from PRO/II are obviously still available; e.g. Copy/Paste, Tools ->Spreadsheets, Excel plots, OLE, etc to link to Excel.
  
For further details, please contact Technical Support.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Initial Estimates for Columns in PRO/II


Good initial estimates for recycle streams and columns should aid model convergence. From PRO/II 7.1 onwards, users can update their recycle stream estimates, in a solved model, by selecting the Update Recycle Stream Initial Estimates from the Input menu. All recycle streams will be updated with solution data.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

FREE Webinar: SimSci-Esscor Logic Validator

Come join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday February 15th! Register here

When: February 15 at 10:00am & 2:00pm Eastern
About the speaker:: Janet Parker is the product manager for the SimSci-Esscor Logic Validator.
What's covered in this webinar:
  • Overview of the SimSci-Esscor Logic Validator
  • Benefits and common applications of the SimSci-Esscor Logic Validator

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Adding rigorous heat exchangers to columns in PRO/II


The simple and rigorous heat exchanger unit operations in PRO/II can easily be “attached” to a column, which allows you to model condensers, reboilers, pumparounds or side heaters more rigorously. Attaching an exchanger to a column enables the automatic transfer of process information, without the need to create additional connections in the simulation. For rigorous exchangers, simply open the unit DEW (data entry window), click on the Products/Thermo button, then click on the Attach to Column button and select the side of the exchanger you wish to connect to; i.e. tube or shell. Finally, check the Attach Shell/Tube Side to Exchanger and select the duty to which you wish to attach your exchanger; i.e. condenser, reboiler, etc. The other side of the exchanger could be attached to another column duty or could have a process or utility stream connected to it.

For further details, please contact Technical Support.

Monday, February 6, 2012

FREE Webinar: Understanding Thermodynamic Options

Come join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday February 8th! Register here

Understanding Thermodynamic Options
When: February 8 at 10:00am & 2:00pm Eastern

About the speaker: John Cunningham is a Technical Support Engineer in North America with a background in thermodynamics and component data.
What's covered in this 60-minute webinar:
  • Examples of thermodynamic selection effects on simulations
  • Demonstration of managing Thermodynamic options with SimSci-Esscor

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Process Automation: Processing heavier crudes to meet future needs | ISA

Countless factors will drive the future of the global refining industry, including the state of the worldwide economy; availability, accessibility, and quality of raw material; and legislation surrounding industry practices. For this reason, it is difficult to determine what exactly is in store for this important industry. However, assessing these contributing factors can help predict the direction the market might take.
Read More: Process Automation: Processing heavier crudes to meet future needs | ISA

Exel based reports from PIPEPHASE


PIPEPHASE has the capability to generate Excel based reports. After the model is solved, click on the Excel button in the Run Simulation and View Results window; this will open the Excel Reports window, where you can select the report options. Once you have selected the appropriate report options, toggle on the Create Database and Create Excel Reports check boxes (these should be checked by default); then click on the Run Current Network button. An Excel report will be generated for the current model, which contains multiple worksheets and hyper-links to assist in navigation.

The Excel Reports window also allows the used to “batch” run the current model or a number of models.

For further details, please contact Technical Support.