If you are into process engineering, either as an engineer, manager, operator or student, Mobatec’s blog will be an interesting site for you.
This is a platform where we not only want to share our vision of different topics, but also want to provide a place for interaction within the process engineering field.
Mobatec believes that there is another (easier, better and more effective) way of analyzing, understanding and working in process engineering. An innovative, simple and flexible approach that allows you to do engineering: merge the real process and your computer, and connect the engineering and operational side in an easier and more realistic manner.
Solving process engineering problems without the help of computer-based tools is an unthinkable proposition for almost any problem. Process simulation, process design, controller design, controller testing, data acquisition and model identification, parameter fitting, valve and pump selection, and column sizing are just a few examples taken from a very large catalogue of (chemical or process) plant related operations that are nowadays almost exclusively done with computer-based tools.
The modelling of physical and/or chemical processes is one of the most important tasks of a process engineer, for these models are used on a large scale for all kinds of engineering activities, such as process control, optimisation, simulation, process design and fundamental research. The construction of these models is, in general, seen as a difficult and very time consuming task.
Although there are several good software tools to build dynamic process models on the market, we noticed that users feel that an expert is needed to set up or modify these models. They also find it difficult to build models that are transparent (i.e. easy to understand) for people who were not involved in the model development.
Prof.dr.dipl-ing H.A. Preisig and dr.ir. M.R. Westerweele have developed a modelling methodology that greatly helps engineers in better understanding processes and therefore makes the path to optimizing them easier. This could save a lot of money and energy compared to the use of conventional tooling.
It is our goal to bring this modelling methodology to the world and
to teach engineers that modelling can actually be quite easy and very valuable.
The software tool, Mobatec Modeller, which is developed within our company, builds on this modelling methodology. Process models of any size can be built; from a single unit to entire processing plants (resulting in more than 50.000 equations). There is a wide application range for these models in research activities, on-line predictions, and control and operator training simulators.
Mobatec Modeller is a software package that helps the model builder to setup the (mathematical) model of any process. The tool significantly reduces the time needed to produce a working (!) dynamic or steady-state process model. Models that are developed in Mobatec Modeller are set up in such a way that it is possible for any process engineer to quickly understand the structure of the model and the assumptions made for this model. You don’t have to be “the designer” to understand the model, it is really that easy!
Mobatec Modeller has been set up to be a user-friendly tool to define and modify dynamic process models. Beginning users can quickly set up more complex models that are transparent for others without the need for extensive documentation.
We believe it is possible to take process engineering to a higher level in both industry and academia. Since we have experienced the benefits in using this approach, we want you to be part of it!
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