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.