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Boosting production efficiency and reducing errors in ammonia production

12 December 2011

Five of EuroChem’s ammonia production units in Russia are to be fitted with Honeywell Process Solutions’ UniSim Operator Training Simulation (OTS) solution.

The system will be used to create simulated process scenarios as part of its training programme for plant operators. UniSim was chosen because it allows process operators to familiarise themselves with the operation of plant equipment before entering the actual plant control room, reducing the risk of industrial accidents caused by operator error.

EuroChem will be able to train operators in a variety of simulated plant scenarios, allowing them to gain experience in a controlled environment. HPS’ UniSim software solution also offers a pre-training preparation system, which is a suite of products that can be used to study cause-and-effect relationships in the process facility, analyze symptoms, diagnose causes of faults and examine emergency isolation and response actions.

“A common problem in our industry today is the shortage of skilled personnel. Thanks to the UniSim software we can now train new and experienced operators in a safe environment, which helps them maintain their skills at a very high level,” said German Tsvetinsky, head of technological development, EuroChem. “UniSim also allows us to integrate technical systems from multiple vendors into one universal training programme, which is very important for us.”

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