COCOP – Coordinating Optimisation of Complex Industrial Processes

Optimation has been successfully participaiting in the EU project COCOP since 2016. The process industry needs to increase quality, reduce costs and environmental impact as the demants increase from outside world.Complex industrial processes that have both continuous and batch processes requires to a greater extent control and follow-up from an "entire plant perspective".

COCOP is an EU project where the vision is that complex industrial processes are managed optimally by operators with guidance of the COCOP system (decision support). Decision supportmonitors the entire plant in real time and attempts to control the process, from an overall perspective, efficient with regard to economy and climate. COCOP will also show the benefit of understanding the entire plant in order to make the operators make better decisions within their own work area.

The aim of the project is to increase the competitiveness of the European process industry by controlling and monitoring the entire facility using model-based predictive optimization with a solution that can be integrated into existing control systems. In this overall control, real-time key figures will be developed wich, if possible ,will be directly feed back via the control system.

The project will demonstrate the benefits in two pilot projects within the steel and copper industries, as well as demonstrating the transferability to other sectors such as chemical and water facilities.


Valmet and Optimation collaborate with simulators

Valmet and Optimation have collaborated with the development of the simulator since 2002. The simulators are mainly used for operator training. Valmet uses the Optimations Modeling Library Visa2 as the base library as well as the communication software DSHM (Distributed Shared Memory).

Visa2 is designed by Optimation and contains models for base components within eg. Power, heat, pulp and paper, as well as mining industry. DSHM is also a proprietary tool which are used to connect and real-time synchronize models with other models or models with control systems.

Visa2 and DSHM are implemented together with Valmet's machine / process-specific models in a number of simulators delivered globally by Valmet with very good results.

Optimation uses Valmet's software Training Manager instructor function. With Training Manager, operator training can be supervised. Training includes simulations scenarios, introduction of interference in the process and reporting of operator results.


Presentation at Nordic Process Control Workshop 2016

Tomas Eriksson gives a speech on Optimations experiences from advanced process control on Nordic Process Control Workshop in Sigtuna 25-26/8 2016.

Scanmet 2016

Optimation presents a work done with SSAB Europé Luleå at the International Metallurgy Conference SCANMET V. This article describes a regulatory concept for gas recycling from LD converters in Luleå. Simulations have been used throughout the development process from concept to commissioning and education. Operator training was conducted in cloud-based simulations in the Everysim® platform.

Control system review of the ore delivery in Boliden Aitik

Control system review and concept development of buffer usage, crucher control and control of conveyors.