The ProOpt system
The ProOpt system is a revolutionary tool for metallurgical plant management and process optimization. By combining enhanced flow sheet modelling with thorough data gathering, validation, and analysis, it opens several opportunities to improve the plant performance. As part of the digitization of manufacturing (Industry 4.0), the tool also capture knowledge and best practices to make the plant future proof. Contact us to discuss how ProOpt can impact your company’s productivity and profitability.
Keeping everyone up to speed
With customized dashboards, every employee at every department of the plant is kept up to speed. The ability to observe the impact of the decisions made, increases the involvement and awareness of the staff. Decisions that impact the next shifts or other department will be taken with more caution.
The same validated numbers are used for decision making in the entire company. The CEO gets quick updates on his performance KPI dashboard, while operators can have access to the plant overview just as easily as to their process controls. The process engineer can finally spend time on analysing the correlations and the potential return of modifications, rather than spending it on gathering and cleaning the data. On top of that, any missing or unrealistic data is quickly detected and modified, and in critical cases, the responsible for data entry will be notified by email or text message.
Process and flowsheet modelling
The central part of the ProOpt system is a flowsheet model. This ensures a closed mass and energy balance, as well as realistic and coherent assumptions on throughput volumes and yields.
Building a reliable model is a core competence of the ProOpt team, and is part of the installation and deployment of the system. Our experience with industry standard packages ensures a quick and adaptive implementation.
By integrating models and actual performance data, the central flowsheet model is constantly improving. This is already a big step for most plants, where the knowhow is scattered over the brain and gut feeling of a limited number of people. So, resilience and flexibility already increases by making the best practices explicit and accessible. Next, having accurate models allows predictions of the response to changes outside the known operating window, such as using new raw materials or implementing new process steps. The final goal is that centralized process knowledge can be leveraged upon across departments:
- Purchasing: assess the treatment cost of new raw materials
- Management: define and analyse bottlenecks
- Engineering: see induced impact of investments on other plant sections
- Production: select the best recipe and control setting
Contact us to discuss how our system can impact your plant’s performance and profitability.