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March 2, 2011
Bentley Systems, Inc. (Exton, Pa., announced today that it has acquired the SACS business from Engineering Dynamics, Inc. SACS is an integrated finite-element, structural-analysis suite of programs that provides for the design, fabrication, installation, operations and maintenance of offshore structures, including oil platforms and wind farms. Virtually all of the world’s energy...
March 1, 2011
Maximizing quality, minimizing cost and meeting schedule milestones are ever-present challenges in large projects. While significant progress has been made in certain areas of facility construction, the management of project-related information continues to struggle. Information received by operators tends to be incomplete and inaccurate, while the cost of producing it remains high. Common reasons for...
December 1, 2010
Reciprocating compressors — the most commonly used type of compressor throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) — are flexible and efficient, and they can generate high head (from several bar to several thousand bar) independent of gas density. Worldwide, the installed reciprocating compressor horsepower is approximately two times that of centrifugal compressors. However, the maintenance...
November 1, 2010
One of the best ways to realize value from your process data is to use those data — both real-time and historical — in a process simulator. The many applications for doing so are generally categorized into offline and online categories. Offline applications, where the simulator is not directly connected to the control system, use process data to validate dynamic simulations of the process, or...
October 26, 2010
Ansys, Inc. (Canonsburg, Pa.; has launched ANSYS 13.0, the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite designed to optimize product development processes — reducing the time and cost needed to foster product innovations. The advanced technology behind ANSYS 13.0 includes hundreds of new features that make it easier, faster and cheaper for users to bring new products...
August 24, 2010
Aveva Inc. (Houston; has released AVEVA NET Portal 4.5, a highly configurable user interface designed specifically to improve the accessibility of objects and documents used in complex engineering projects and throughout the long-term operation of such assets. The powerful new interface allows both plant and marine companies to monitor and improve the quality of their engineering...
August 1, 2010
When it comes to managing regulatory documents such as product labels, bills of lading, and certificates of analysis (COA), virtually all manufacturers in the chemical process industries (CPI) face the same challenge — getting the right information into the right document formats for every shipment. This challenge becomes more complicated when you ship to customers with unique labeling and reporting...
July 1, 2010
Pinch analysis emerged as a systematic design tool during the energy crisis of the late 1970s, particularly for the optimization of heat-exchanger networks and other heat-recovery systems [ 1 ]. Since then, ongoing breakthroughs in the use of pinch analysis have helped to establish mass- and property-integration techniques to assist with waste-minimization efforts [ 2, 3 ]. More recently, pinch analysis...
June 25, 2010
Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. (PSE; London, U.K.;, providers of the world-leading gPROMS advanced process modeling (APM) software and related services, today released gPROMS version 3.3. gPROMS v3.3 continues PSE’s philosophy of advancing the frontiers of high-fidelity predictive process modeling while simultaneously making powerful tools more and more accessible to process...
June 1, 2010
This software allows data exchange for 3-D modeling Aveva Solutions The Mechanical Equipment Interface product (photo) is designed to allow integration of modeling information between otherwise incompatible three-dimensional (3-D) design systems. In particular, plant piping designers often have to integrate suppliers’ equipment models that have been created in a mechanical computer-assisted design...
February 1, 2010
As chemical production shifts to growth regions such as China and India, and moves closer to areas like the Middle East, where there are less expensive sources of feedstocks, North American and European chemical processors are under global pressure to run their plants more efficiently. Throw in the trials and tribulations associated with a poor economy, and it creates an environment where management in...
January 19, 2010
Emerson Process Management (Baar, Switzerland; and Meridium Inc. (Roanoke, Virginia; announce a partnership to deliver enhanced asset management capabilities to their customers in the process industries. By combining the power of Emerson’s PlantWeb predictive intelligence with Meridium’s advanced analytics and decision support technology, customers...
December 17, 2009
Bayer Technology Services (BTS; Leverkusen; collaborated with Lurgi GmbH (Frankfurt, both Germany; to implement an operator training simulator (OTS) for a Lurgi’s new methanol-to-propylene (MTP) process. At the core of the MTP process is a complex, heterogeneously catalyzed reaction process, for which BTS developed a realistic and dynamic simulation model...
December 16, 2009
Process Systems Enterprise (PSE; London, U.K.; has announced an exclusive agreement with Imperial College London (ICL; to provide the SAFT-VR advanced thermodynamic technology within its world-leading gPROMS advanced process modeling software. The Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (SAFT) approach uses physically realistic models of molecules and their...
December 4, 2009
  iKey The DT-102-SS industrial keyboard (photo) is constructed of stainless steel and is specially designed to withstand the rigors of industrial processing areas. The DT-102-SS meets NEMA 4X and IP68 specifications...
December 4, 2009
The simulator allows users to experience the benefits of ultrasonic gas leak detectors for quick leak detection in challenging conditions found in most outdoor oil-and-gas installations. The...
December 1, 2009
Most chemical engineers involved with operating large chemical process facilities have encountered the following challenge: Several large engineering contractors built the facility in multiple phases, using different computer-software models. Retrieving drawings or data in both digital and non-digital form in such a situation only adds complexity to operations, maintenance and revamp activities and often...
November 11, 2009
Ansys, Inc. (Canonsburg, Pa.; today announced the release of ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager (ANSYS EKM) 2.0, a product focused on simulation process and data management (SPDM). The solution set addresses some real-world challenges that engineers face, such as how to better manage, share and reuse simulation data as well as how to capture the engineering expertise that a simulation...
November 1, 2009
As the chemical process industries (CPI) continue to focus on improving operations and lowering costs, interest in process automation diagnostics, which can play a critical role in helping processors reduce maintenance spending, continues. “Processors are beginning to realize that good diagnostics can help them reduce their overall costs,” says Moin Sheikh, marketing manager with Siemens Energy...
October 2, 2009
Ansys, Inc. (Southpointe, Pa.; plans to deliver ANSYS HPC, a solution set that will enable customers to obtain enhanced insight and productivity through expanded use of high-performance computing (HPC) with engineering simulation. In contrast to single-point solutions that require separate licenses for each solver, the new ANSYS HPC products will provide a cross-physics parallel computing...
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