Client Recomendations

Clients Overview

Client Recomendations

Eni Oko

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Process and Energy Systems Engineering Research Group at University of Hull

I have had up to 5 years’ experience doing process modelling and simulation. During this period, I have been privileged to use different modelling and simulation tools such as gPROMS ModelBuilder, Aspen products among others. But none of the applications I have used have the sort of flexibility that Mobatec Modeller offers. It combines the simplicity of “drag and drop” tools such as Aspen HYSYS with the robustness of equation-based tools such as gPROMS ModelBuilder. Unlike normal “drag and drop” tools, it gives you the power to decide what your process icon should look like and what equations/correlations to use. It also takes away the burden of sorting numerical issues with recycle streams which is a common problem with “drag and drop tools”.
 
Compared to other equation-based tools, Mobatec generates the main governing equations (mass and energy balance) by default making it easier to build the model. Also, model initialization which often cause loads of headache with other equation-based tools is very easily done in Mobatec. Again, flowsheeting and model development is done simultaneously in Mobatec unlike other equation-based tools. This reduces the required man-hour for modelling and simulation.
 
Other uncommon features include straightforward and easy connection with Emerson’s Delta V where it can then be used for operator training purposes, straightforward and easy conversion of a model in Mobatec to Matlab and Aspen Custom Modeller codes, and easy-to-build interactive interface. These features do not exist or are very complex to implement in most modelling and simulation platforms.

Bart Heijthusien

Production Planner at Nyrstar Hobart Pty Ltd

I’ve worked with Mathieu in the past on several projects for different companies, where advanced (process) modeling expertise was needed. He has consistently delivered very good quality and quantity within a short timeframe. The software he designed, Mobatec Modeller, is an easy, fast, reliable and affordable simulator. It should be part of any process engineer’s toolbox.

drs. ing. George van Bommel (MBE, BSc)

sr. Energy Systems & Management consultant

I am very grateful that Mathieu and his Mobatec process modelling team, assisted to convert BioTorTech’s process knowhow and expertise into well defined unit operations and mass&energy balance’s. TOP VALUE

Ton Knegt

Area Project Manager at Shell

We hired Mobatec to create simulation models of all the units of the “Oefenfabriek” (Practise Factory) at STC in Brielle. Mathieu, as the leading expert, was placed to a serious challenge in this project. The scope and functionality of the units were not fully defined and requested of lot of improvisation capabilities. The results exceeded our expectations, for the models worked better than the real plants and the reliability and maintainability proved to be at an excellent level. Working with Mathieu was inspiring and succesfull. His personal skills and working attitude resulted in a long lasting relationship.

John Boertjes

Proposal Manager at INEOS Technologies

During my years within SABIC/SABTEC I’ve encountered Mathieu and his work multiple times. The first time was back in 2004 when we developed a Process Simulator of a polyolefin process. This simulator was obtained from a third party. The dynamic process model (the “heart” of the simulator) however appeared to be constructed with Mobatec Modeller. Until now I’ve not encountered a smoother running Process Simulator.
 
Then, in 2007 Mathieu transformed a typical R&D hardcore programming process model into a user friendly modelling tool. During this project Mathieu showed his unique strength in this field. He understands both the requirements of high fidelity modelling but also all aspects of a good look and feel, creating user friendliness. This combination is quite rare as most people only can handle the hardcore thinking, or the user friendliness. Thanks to these positive experiences I can recommend everybody looking for anything in the field of process modelling, simulators, and advanced process control to at least have a chat with Mathieu and his team to see whether they can help out.

Raul Velasco

Process Development Engineer at SABIC

It was a real pleasure working with Mathieu’s software during my studies and further work. His dedicated assistance was really helpful in looking for the dynamic modelling solutions that my company required. Personally, Mathieu is a very outgoing person with whom is always very easy to work. Professionally, I think he developed an excellent modeling tool that can be adjusted to any kind of dynamic process with the required level of accuracy.

Eric Gerritz

Business Information Manager at Cofely and Part Time Scientific Lecturer at TU/e

I know Mathieu business wise and personally. He is a professional scientist with a good feeling for common sence. As a person he is gentle and friendly and laughs a lot. A very good musician too.
 
Since I know Mathieu and his company Mobatec I’ve never seen better modeller software. I’ve a great deal of experience in that field and I don’t think that curently there is a better solution on the market. Especially the 3D-training simulator is state of the art. I could recommend Mobatec/Mathieu to anybody who is looking for a modelling solution. Or has any other issue regarding simulations in general.

Hans Van Wijk

Operations Manager Edulab at Actemium

Actemium/EduLab is very grateful for the support that Mathieu gave, implementing Mobatec Modeler. This powerful tool is very helpful in our educational environment and our projects.

Peter van den Berg

Teacher of Industrial Automation at Avans University

Mathieu is a highly knowledgeable, qualified and experienced Model Engineer. I’m impressed by his product “Mobatec Modeller”, an easy software tool for building dynamic process models.
 
The development of an OPC connection between Mobatec Modeller and Siemens PCS-7 a few years ago for EduLabProcess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvlSeKOAqjc) went very smooth, because of his input and assistence.
 
Furthermore, it was a great pleasure for me to have Mathieu as a guest lecturer for the Industrial Informatica minor at Avans University of Applied Sciences. His presentation raised much interest from the students and I hope to have the chance to cooperate with Mathieu again in the future.
Recent Projects

Virtual Brewery


A Mobatec Modeller model for a “double brewery street” (tanker park of about 40 tanks) was connected to a Braumat automation platform and route control, recipe control, scheduling and performance were tested.

EduLab


Real time process simulation model of the EduLabProcess installation and coupling it to a Siemens PCS7 control system.

Malt house model


Supporting the automation of a Malt House with a dynamic process model. The model was connected to the actual PLC’s that were to be implemented in the actual Malt House and was successfully used for the FAT (Factory Acceptance Test).

ABB Process Installation


Introducing a group of students to dynamic process modelling and letting them build a model for their process installation.

Protein Adsorption Process


Optimization of the adsorption process in a plant in terms of productivity, protein capture, chemical usage and wastewater generation. Validated Mobatec Modeller simulations of different configurations of the adsorption unit. Economical evaluation of proposed scenarios for the optimization of the plant performance in terms of productivity, chemical usage and wastewater generation.

Kilning of Green Malt


A mechanistic model for kilning green malt was developed for Bavaria’s malting department. It was used for minimizing the energy requirements whilst retaining the quality of the produced malt.

Simulated Moving Bed


A model for an SMB adsorption system was developed using Mobatec Modeller. The strategy of modelling and optimization reduced the overall time and investment for the design and development of new SMB systems.

Real-Time Process Models


Development of some models (Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger, Distillation Process, Centrifugal Pump setup) connected to Protomation’s Process Studio suite for Operator Training Simulation.

Biomass Torrefaction


Created torrefaction process models which can be used by: OEM’s, Contractors, technology providers, biomass customers, biomass traders, power companies and other users of BTT’s knowhow, to reach suitable mass and energy balances to facilitate concept design’s.

Pyrolysis


Dynamic process model of a plant that converts non-food biomass into a second generation bio-oil. The model will be connected to a (copy of the real) Emerson DeltaV DCS and serve as Operator Training Simulator to train new operators.

Solid State Postcondensation of Polyesters


Dynamic model that provided detailed process insights and opportunities for process and product improvements.

Dyneema drying ovens
DSM Research


Models for Dyneema drying ovens.

Augmented Reality Demo


Mobatec models can be easily connected to third party (innovative) technologies. We successfully demonstrated the use of Augment Reality (with several technologies) with a real-time dynamic model that was linked to an Emerson DeltaV DCS for simultaneous training of Panel (Control Room) Operators and Field Operators.

3D Virtual Reality


Linking Mobatec models to the 3D Walk-Through environments or the “interactive photo” environments of ExplainMedia is very easy and was used in several projects. The interactive pushbutton panel emulations are highly effective for our Operator Training Solutions.

Sulphuric Acid Plant


High fidelity dynamic process model of a (generic) sulphuric acid plant that can be used for training operators.

Glycol Contactor


Process model of a glycol contactor with its regeneration unit. The model was operated through a connection with an Omron PLC system.

MDI OTS


Large scale dynamic process model of an entire MDI plant used for Operator Training. The model is connected to an Emerson DeltaV DCS and the HIMA ESD is emulated by Mobatec.

PO-TBA


Large scale dynamic process model of an entire PO plant used for Operator Training. The model is connected to a Honeywell Experion DCS and the TriConex ESD is emulated by Mobatec. Our TriConex emulator just requires the actual database file (of the real plant) and can be very easily linked to the dynamic process model.

Steam System


Dynamic process model of an entire steam network, including boilers, headers, control valves and controllers. The model was used to investigate the dynamic behavior of the steam headers under various conditions and to optimize the control schemes.

PO-SM


Large scale dynamic process model of an entire PO plant used for Operator Training. The model will be connected to a Yokogawa CentumVP DCS and the TriConex ESD is emulated by Mobatec.

Heat Exchanger Network


An energy producing and energy consuming process were to be heat-integrated for energy recuperation. The processes were quite far apart and with a dynamic process model studies were done to understand and optimize the dynamic behavior of the integrated processes under various conditions.

Dynamic Process Models


Several large scale dynamic process models were developed to be used in Operator Training Simulators.

Poly-Ethylene Plant


Detailed model of a PE reactor using our advanced Polymer Kinetics Module. The model is used for doing predictions.

Poly-Propylene Plant


Detailed model of a PP reactor using our advanced Polymer Kinetics Module. The model is used for doing predictions.

Practice Factory


Model of a “practice factory” at a school for operators-to-be. This “mini-factory” has several interconnected small skids. A real-time simulation model was developed to also be able to do “off-line education”. At first the “real plant” was connected to several (major) DCS systems and the Mobatec model could be connected to a (copy of) the DCS of Honeywell, Yokogawa, Siemens, SMAR, Emerson, ABB or Invensys. For maintainability reasons they later switched to only one DCS vendor.

First Time User Experiences with Mobatec Modeller

PhD MSc. PGDip. BEng AMIChemE Eni Oko

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Process and Energy Systems Engineering Research Group at University of Hull

I have had up to 5 years’ experience doing process modelling and simulation. During this period, I have been privileged to use different modelling and simulation tools such as gPROMS ModelBuilder, Aspen products among others. But none of the applications I have used have the sort of flexibility that Mobatec Modeller offers. It combines the simplicity of “drag and drop” tools such as Aspen HYSYS with the robustness of equation-based tools such as gPROMS ModelBuilder. Unlike normal “drag and drop” tools, it gives you the power to decide what your process icon should look like and what equations/correlations to use. It also takes away the burden of sorting numerical issues with recycle streams which is a common problem with “drag and drop tools”.
 
Compared to other equation-based tools, Mobatec generates the main governing equations (mass and energy balance) by default making it easier to build the model. Also, model initialization which often cause loads of headache with other equation-based tools is very easily done in Mobatec. Again, flowsheeting and model development is done simultaneously in Mobatec unlike other equation-based tools. This reduces the required man-hour for modelling and simulation.
 
Other uncommon features include straightforward and easy connection with Emerson’s Delta V where it can then be used for operator training purposes, straightforward and easy conversion of a model in Mobatec to Matlab and Aspen Custom Modeller codes, and easy-to-build interactive interface. These features do not exist or are very complex to implement in most modelling and simulation platforms.

MSc. Ksenija Živanov

Model & Simulation Engineer at Eon+

My first time when using Mobatec Modeller I was impressed what could be done dynamically after we compiled a model and it was running. We started to play with model, and it was very smooth and responsive, everything you want to change in model is just a click away from you, and the model will give you an instance response to your changes, like it is in real life. And I also liked the feature that we could zoom into the model and actually see what is inside and how it is built. I really like every first user to start with a run time mode, play a little with everything, watch the dynamics interact and then secondly start with a very simple model that is already created, zoom in and see what is behind everything and how MM really works. Be impressed!!

Miloš Ivanković

Model & Simulation Engineer at Eon+

My “first time with Mobatec Modeller” we were doing step by step with Mathieu, and we created a simple vessel with an inlet and an outlet with valves. Then he showed us that we can dynamically change level and I thought: wow! That’s actually pretty cool, and I wondered how far dynamic changes can go (later on i found out that you can see what happens when the pumps are turned ON or OFF, you can simulate pump failure, seeing conversion and temperature on various disturbances, you can even change the packing straight from the simulation etc.) Basically MM shows instantaneous result without having to deal with changing the code, recompiling etc. (that was somewhat equivalent to Run-Time models). That’s what caught my attention and it really impressed me! It also showed me that Mobatec Modeller is a “must-have” and “next-gen” tool for model engineers!

PhD Mirela Muresan

OTS Simulation Engineer at Emerson

My first experience with Mobatec Modeller was while working on a project in collaboration with Mathieu’s team. I had experience working with different flowsheet oriented software and also equation oriented software. It took me a while to get use to Mobatec’s approach on how to build a dynamic model of a process, but once I understood the Mobatec methodology, modelling was easy! :). Mobatec is a very flexible software that can be used to build dynamic simulation of any process. The only limitation is the experience and the knowledge of the user. Working with Mobatec team was an interesting, knowledgeable experience and also a lot of fun since they provided a pleasant working environment.

Nikola Kljajić

Student at University of Technology and metallurgy

My first time using Mobatec Modeller I was operating an ammonia production plant, as soon as I started I was impressed with the model which had real time response with any change that I made changing valve positions, switching the compressor ON and OFF etc.) model corresponded immediately. After that, I tried to make my own models, and it was so easy. Mobatec Modeller is very much user friendly, so working on it was very intuitive. Mobatec Modeller took care of all mass and energy balances for me, and also helped me to create equations and suggested to me if I were missing something. When performing a dynamic simulation I could change any parameter that I wanted and see how the model is behaving in real time. With other software’s you would have to change the code and recompile the entire model.

Stefan Bošković

Student at University of Technology and metallurgy

Before trying Mobatec, I used only Matlab for modelling dynamic behaviour of some processes, it was quite fun to model without having to do anything with coding. For the first time I saw Mobatec, I was impressed with it’s easy to learn, but functional menus and options.
I’m not working as a Model Engineer (I’m still a student), but from what I saw, I think that there aren’t many things in this software that should be improved and that it can be used for modelling very complex factories and facilities fairly quickly. The reason why I’m saying this is because we are able to use both approaches that exist at the moment so I guess that everyone’s specific needs could be met.

MSc. PDEng. Fernando Polanco Fernández

Chemical – Model Engineer at Mobatec

My first time user experience with the Mobatec Modeller was in the actual modelling environment. At that moment you don’t see much of how the Modeller is built and what the real features are. The options that you see (the properties window, tree of options, etc) are somewhat standard for technical simulation software. After that we switched to the building phase, than I got a real good look on how the software was build up. I really got impressed to be able to see nice things that come out of the MM while running a dynamic simulation and at the same time have the possibility to interact with the model and see the dynamic responses.

MSc. PDEng. Vladimir Obradović

Chemical – Model Engineer at Mobatec

First time I got to know Mobatec Mathieu was showing us the software. I was impressed that you can zoom in inside of distillation columns, see the trays, then further zoom into the trays. I really liked that. When we started to work with MM, first thing I did not like too much was the grid in the modelling environment, but I quickly was again ok with that. (you can take it out if you want). While working with the modeller I thought the learning material was not so effective; it was likely to get stuck at certain points. It was one of the things I thought “let’s improve that, it can be much better and easier for first time users” and I’m glad to say we have been able to do so during the last years. Happy to say coming release of the new Modeller software in June contains lots of improvements, more “intuitive” and easy to use, we’re really getting there!