Invensys is to release a new version of its SimSci® advanced process control software this spring.
SimSci APC 2014 will enable customers to shorten their plant testing and commissioning schedules, as well as improving plant operations and personnel performance.
The software is structured around an enhanced, natural workflow that includes full support for model case file development and a connection wizard for faster integration to any distributed control system and programmable logic controller, including the company’s Foxboro® I/A Series® DCS and its new Foxboro Evo™ process automation system. The software will be even more tightly integrated in future releases of the Foxboro Evo system as well, providing enhanced simulation capability.
The new version of SimSci features an updated graphical user interface, but retains the calculation engine from the company’s successful Connoisseur APC.
‘We are excited about our new APC offering, which builds on our market leading Connoisseur APC software to help customers enhance quality, increase throughput and reduce energy usage’, said Tom Kinney, Vice President of Invensys’ optimization business.
‘The software is developed with the user in mind, and it includes several well thought out features that help achieve better and more sustainable control of the process’.
Peter Reynolds, Senior Consultant for the ARC Advisory Group, also commented: ‘Advanced process control can result in tremendous improvements in plant efficiency and performance, but it is largely underutilized, in part because some potential users find it too much of a challenge.
‘Invensys addresses this issue head on, with new graphical interfaces, intuitive workflows and custom calculation engines. Making optimization easier will empower both seasoned APC users and the next generation of engineers and operators to address a wider range of process conditions and business challenges’.
Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.
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