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Large plants, high upfront investments, complex and closely intertwined processes, as well as high energy and resource consumption: Low lifecycle costs of plants and processes are key for improving competitiveness in the petrochemical and bulk chemical industries. Only highly available, reliable, and comprehensively optimized plants are capable of achieving maximum yields, thereby contributing to the success of a business.
Gain a competitive edge
The competitive pressures in the petrochemical and bulk chemical industries are enormous. Investments are high and plant lifecycles often span decades. With our solutions for plant optimization and process safety, also availability and performance, you can secure a competitive advantage over the long term.
Systematic efficiency improvement covers all areas and phases of a plant’s lifecycle. Innovative solutions such as integrated engineering, integrated operations and comprehensive plant management permit the intelligent use of data in real time. The advantages are tremendous: Already during the engineering, you benefit from significantly faster project planning and high-quality results. Software tools enable seamless, also virtual commissioning, ensuring efficiency during continuous operation. They also permit the implementation of intelligent maintenance strategies, for example, with mobile or cloud applications. They thereby demonstrate how digitalization and smart data really pay off.
Seperation is used in lots of processes in chemical industries. With the separation column, you have a flexible, easy-to-use solution for separation operations. The columns must be precisely monitored during operation to ensure plant availability and process assurance. At the same time, power consumption must be optimized. The process can be sustainably optimized throughout all phases of the plant lifecycle – for more efficiency and security.
The intelligent use of data offers even more advantages. The available engineering and operating data allows for simple maintenance concepts such as condition monitoring – for condition-based maintenance and optimized servicing strategies. Solutions such as SIMATIC PCS 7 and COMOS MRO support you with efficient planning, implementation, and analysis of your maintenance activities. The powerful COMOS Walkinside 3D visualization software presents realistically highly complex plant models based on 3D engineering data.
The XHQ Operations Intelligence platform creates the foundation for continuous optimization. It visualizes operating processes at chemical plants in real time. Plant data are intelligently combined and can be used to, for example, graphically display reports and evaluation lists based on key performance indicators (KPIs) or information dashboards. It provides an overview that illustrates the current performance throughout the entire organization, reveals opportunities for optimization, and creates an excellent basis for decisions.
With SIMATIC PCS 7, you have a powerful process control system that can be flexibly scaled to meet your specific needs – from utilization in the individual laboratory to entire plant networks. In addition, we support operators in upholding safe and smooth chemical plant operations with innovative operating concepts.
The advanced control functions of the SIMATIC APC Library, for example, model predictive control (MPC), are a standard part of the SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system. MPC is used, among other things, for quality control in distillation columns or to optimize energy consumption. Other MPC advantages include a more even process control with fewer manual interventions.
COMOS, our software solution for plant lifecycle management, consistently implements the complete integration of all processes – during both the engineering stage and the operation/maintenance stage. This close interconnection between the individual stages and the uniform data platform contribute significantly to increased plant availability and security. With COMOS, you benefit as a plant designer and operator from increased productivity and quality.
With our "Safety Integrated" concept, standard components of automation and drive unit concepts can be enhanced with safety functions. The innovative SIMATIC Safety Matrix safety lifecycle engineering tool is also a part of Safety Integrated. All of the measures are not only safety-related. They also significantly enhance plant performance.
Our portfolio of instruments and analytic devices fully meets the high demands of the chemical industry (SIL 2/3). Thanks to comprehensive diagnostic functions, you always know when processes are running according to plan, or when corrective action needs to be taken.
It also lets you lay the foundation for condition monitoring and asset performance management. For example, you can check the functioning of the emergency shutdown valves during operation using the partial stroke test.
Digitalization and transparent information management require stable and secure communication. Standards, established interfaces such as PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and Industrial Ethernet, as well as wireless, remote, and RFID technologies permit seamless vertical and horizontal integration – at all levels and over the entire value chain.