Whom do we work with and why?
A majority are from the "conventional" process industries – for example, chemicals & petrochemicals and the oil industry – where process simulation and modelling have been established for many years.
To these companies we bring a step-change in the technology and services available to develop, design, optimise and innovate, by providing a much higher predictive capability than previously.
However there are many from industries that have lacked integrated modelling tools in the past, such as consumer goods, food, pharma, power generation, cement, minerals & mining.
To these we bring the new and significant advantage of being able to make complex design and operating decisions based on accurate predictions from high-fidelity models.
- In addition there are the emerging major areas of the future, such as clean energy. To these companies we bring the ability to explore complex decision spaces and reduce uncertainty and risk, resulting in accelerated innovation, faster time-to-market and new ways of managing technology risk.
Working in different ways with different customers
We work with customers in many different ways depending on their capabilities and requirements. Some examples are listed below:
Owner-operators with well-developed modelling infrastructures
To large process organisations with an established modelling infrastructure, we provide state-of-the-art software tools, high-fidelity models, assistance in building modelling expertise, new cost-effective methodologies for innovation and risk management and systematic development of in-house modelling capabilities.
This allows our customers to take maximum advantage of current modelling technology to generate a wide range of sustainable commercial benefits.
Process organisations without established modelling capabilities
To these companies we provide turnkey project work in close collaboration with business and operations divisions to deliver sustainable value in the form of enhanced production or reduced costs.
We also assist with systematic development of in-house modelling capabilities where this is an objective. We do this through well-defined training, education and mentoring programmes coupled with real project work that delivers value at the same time.
Corporate or independent R&D centres
As well as state-of-the-art software tools, we provide guidance in methodologies such as process scale-up, model-based innovation, model-based data analysis, model-based experiment design, the integration of experimentation and engineering design, and many more aspects from our experience in applying these techniques.
Equally important, we provide guidance on the experimental procedures for maximising the predictive accuracy of models over a range of scales.
Corporate or independent Engineering centres
Apart from providing tools (in the form of the gPROMS family software) for Engineering departments, we also provide a range of services to complement and support engineering activities.
These include project support, guidelines on implementation of model-based engineering techniques and methodologies, implementation of custom physical property packages, as well as systematic development and maintenance of in-house corporate model libraries.
PSE works closely with process licensors and owner/operators to develop their process technology, generating and capturing IP for patenting and to establish competitive advantage.
Besides our standard offering of tools and methodologies we provide a high level of domain expertise in many process areas that can help effect a step-change in technology.
PSE works closely with companies developing new technologies. For example, many of the world's leading fuel cell developers use PSE's gFUELCELL component and system models.
Catalytic technology providers such as Clariant use gPROMS for optimising new catalyst designs and evaluating the expected catalyst performance using high-fidelity models.
Model-based innovation techniques help to accelerate innovation and reduce development cost, thus reducing time to market. At the same time it provides a means to manage technology risk effectively through accurate quantification of design choices.
Production and operations departments
We work closely with production and operations departments in improving and optimising process and plant performance, typically as part of plant revamps for debottlenecking or improving product quality.
We also provide, for example, execution-only models running behind custom interfaces that can be used in the operations room for day-to-day production planning and performance optimisation.
We work closely with customer businesses to deliver key business objectives – for example, productivity, profitability, return-on-investment (ROI) or return-on-capital-employed (ROCE) and similar goals.
Key to this is our customer technology assessment, which performs a detailed audit on the way that model-based engineering and model-based innovation techniques can most cost effectively be applied to improve business performance.
EPCs and Consultants
Many EPC and design consultants find it a challenge to sustain dedicated in-house modelling teams.
PSE performs turnkey or client-managed projects such as Oil & gas safety studies, blowdown (depressurisation) analyses, compressor studies, and other steady-state and dynamic simulation project work.