APMF 2017 - summary of highlights

The 2017 APM Forum involved some 30 presenters from various industry sectors. Highlights from the different sessions included:

In the Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Energy & Environment sessions:

  • How SABIC is deploying rigorous cracking furnace models online to measure ethylene yield in real time and monitor coke build-up in the furnace coil
  • How SCG Chemicals is maximising VCM yield from EDC cracker operation
  • How Velocys are using model-based techniques to rank and screen catalysts for a new generation of Fischer-Tropsch reactor
  • DSM on how new utilities optimisation approaches have helped to create significant additional savings on an already-optimised utilities system
  • Shell on the use of advanced process modelling approaches to optimise large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants.

In the Formulated Products sessions:

(covering the Life Sciences, Food & Dairy, Home & Personal Care and Specialty Chemicals sectors)

  • How pharmaceutical organisations such as GSK are using Systems-based Pharmaceutics techniques for efficient design of robust continuous drug substance manufacturing processes
  • FrieslandCampina’s industry perspective on how a new modelling framework developed by PSE and NIZO is accelerating the application of model-based approaches in the Food industry
  • How Danone are using dynamic models to perform dynamic scheduling of Food & Beverage processes
  • How AstraZeneca  is using Global System Analysis to systematically explore the decision space for Twin Screw Wet Granulation
  • Pfizer’s take on the latest developments in modelling of parenteral stability and its benefits
  • How Roche and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories use mechanistic models to facilitate process development, scale-up and tech transfer for spray dryers
  • How Global System Analysis techniques for sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification now make it possible to systematically explore the process and product decision space for design and operation.

For Oil & Gas

  • PSE on new technology and methodologies for fire depressurisation analysis and relief design
  • Industry expert Malcolm Woodman (formerly BP Technical Lead for production optimisation strategies) describing challenges facing the Oil & Gas industry and emerging model-based solutions that have the potential to address these
  • A showcase of new technologies for the industry, including Petroleum Institute on NGL plant optimisation
  • SINTEF describing work underway aimed at developing technologies to replace amine-based gas treatment systems.
  • A round-table discussion on key challenges that can be addressed by modelling and simulation-based approaches.

In addition, PSE presented on a range of new and enhanced technology:

  • The new gPROMS 5 platform – with Global System Analysis, High-Performance computing, faster solvers and many other enhancements
  • Launch of the new, unique gPROMS FormulatedProducts environment for for the integrated digital design of robust formulated products and their manufacturing processes
  • gPROMS ProcessBuilder 1.2, with new capabilities for olefins, trickle-bed reactors, utilities and wastewater treatment process modelling
  • gPROMS Operational Excellence Solutions, which now make it possible to deploy high-fidelity predictive models online for monitoring & optimisation.

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