Schneider Electric launches SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities
Schneider Electric has announced the launch of a new platform that manages how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle.
The platform, SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities, allows users to streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modelling complexity. Benefits include reduced time and cost, an appealing user experience for the next generation of engineers and accelerated process simulation and design.
Simulation tools used by process engineers in the Oil & Gas, Refining, Utility and Chemical industries trace their origins to legacy architectures, operating systems and user interfaces. Global competition, pricing pressure and energy alternatives are now driving the need for a new approach. The next generation of workers expect modern, scalable and easy to use solutions that incorporates technology – high-speed internet, mobile devices, touch screens and virtual reality.
SimCentral for Process Utilities is the first release in decades with a process simulator built from the ground up. As the first commercially available platform designed to take full advantage of current web and cloud technologies, SimCentral delivers a modern user experience that embraces the expectations of the next generation of workers, helping to accelerate adoption, usage and time-to-value.
WorleyParsons (an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) professional services company) has been an early adopter, having recognised an acute need for a better process simulation work environment.
“By removing complexity from engineering process modelling, SimCentral lets us deliver more value and respond faster to our client’s needs, helping us to deliver greater service excellence,” says Loïc Coyot, Principal/Lead Process Engineer at WorleyParsons.
Key features and functionalities of SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities include:
- Unified lifecycle simulation – a model can be taken through all stages of the plant lifecycle, including across design, training and operations,
- ease of use – a modern user interface puts the user first, showing relevant features and libraries; role-based library views ease navigation, equation views are easier to see and change,
- expanded problem solving – an intuitive model writing environment unlocks new operations and equations modeling to solve simulation challenges previously consider not solvable,
- unprecedented interactivity & control – a ‘continuously solved’ approach is possible whereby changes to input variables can directly update all output variables,
- faster calculation speed – an advanced design accommodates public or private cloud computing environments to scale performance speed as needed, and
- collaborative engineering – as a productivity feature, users can concurrently work on the same model across regional time zones, departments or other organisations.