• Updated Advanced Process Control Software Shrinks Plant Testing and Commissioning Time by up to 50%, Improves Control and Plant Performance
11 February 2014
Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2014 - Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world's major industries, has unveiled a new version of its SimSci®
advanced process control (APC) software. Set to be released this spring, SimSci APC 2014 will enable customers to shorten their plant testing and commissioning schedules while improving plant operations and the performance of personnel.
The innovative offering has been built from the ground up to enable ease of use. It modernizes the graphical user interface while retaining the rigorous and robust calculation engine from the company's successful Connoisseur APC offering. The new SimSci APC 2014 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 (DCS) 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 systems providing enhanced simulation capability.
Peter Reynolds, Senior Consultant with the ARC Advisory Group, said: "Advanced process control can result in tremendous improvements in plant efficiency and performance, but is largely under-utilized, 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."
SimSci APC 2014 software greatly extends the capabilities of traditional APC offerings to offer greater control over the process. Director, a powerful new feature, allows the control engineer to build custom calculations or add custom supporting controller functions that augment the user's experience. Natural workflows speed up model building, configuration and deployment, and additional features make the software suitable for a complete APC project implementation. These advancements help the transitioning workforce build and maintain APC applications with greater ease, and cut implementation and commissioning time by up to 50 percent.
Tom Kinney, Vice-President of Invensys' Optimization Business, said: "We are excited about our new APC offering, which builds on our market-leading Connoisseur APC software to help our customers experience enhanced quality, increased throughput and reduced energy usage. The software was developed with the end-user in mind, and it includes several well-thought-out features to help achieve better and more sustainable control of the process. A built-in auto-discovery wizard captures the specific syntax of any DCS for even faster buildup of tag connections.
"The software's automated testing feature means faster, more flexible configuration. It is tablet ready - new click-and-drag functionality allows users to select the best models from many scenarios, while new and customizable user-defined functions improve how users can cope with changing process conditions. The end result is that SimSci APC 2014 provides a better, friendlier and more flexible user experience than traditional APC applications, making operators and engineers far more effective and productive."
For more information about SimSci APC, please visit software.invensys.com/products/simsci/optimize/.
Invensys is a global technology company that works in partnership with a broad range of industrial and commercial customers to design and supply advanced technologies that optimize their operational performance and profitability. From oil refineries and power stations to mining companies, food and beverage companies and appliance manufacturers, Invensys' market-leading software, systems and controls enable its customers to monitor, control and automate their products and processes, thereby maximizing safety, efficiency, reliability and ease of use. To learn more about Invensys, visit invensys.com.
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For further information, please contact:
Invensys Operations Management
Marketing Manager - Middle East & North Africa
Tel: +971 (0) 4807 4783
Melanie Antao Fernandes
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