The Record Issue 13: Summer 2019

132 www. t e c h n o l o g y r e c o r d . c om P ROF I L ED : COV E S T RO Reaping the benefits of process simulation AVEVA’s SimCentral Simulation Platform is helping Covestro to design and manufacture its polymer products more efficiently C ovestro provides high-quality polymer materials for a wide range of applica- tions, including everything from insu- lation for refrigerators and entire buildings, to laptop and cell phone cases, fast-drying and scratch-resistant vehicle coatings, and soft foams for furniture and car interiors. Designed to replace traditional materials with durable, light, environmentally compatible and cost-effective equivalents, Covestro’s materials and application solutions are being used in nearly every area of modern life. To increase efficiency and empower its engi- neers to focus on developing innovative solu- tions to complex problems, Covestro replaced the legacy systems across its plant lifecycle with AVEVA’s SimCentral Simulation Platform in spring 2019. The solution is the first process sim- ulation platform developed from the ground up to support steady-state, fluid-flow and dynamic modelling. It also integrates with engineering design tools in a single easy-to-use environment that spans the entire plant lifecycle. By using AVEVA SimCentral Simulation Platform, Covestro employees will be able to col- laborate seamlessly across projects, engineering disciplines and locations with the potential to drive productivity and efficiency gains. As pro- cess simulation enables engineers to create vir- tual models of production processes, it will help Covestro to better understand their operations so they can predict performance and optimise processes with a high degree of accuracy. “AVEVA’s SimCentral Simulation Platform will help us to fundamentally change the way we use process simulation software from conceptual design, to the engineering and operation of our plants – it’s a key part of our journey to digitally transform our production,” says Frank Döbert, head of Production and Technology, Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties at Covestro. “AVEVA has the right technology, the right people, the right understanding of our industry and busi- ness and the right business mindset to be a valu- able global strategic partner.” AVEVA’s approach to business and its com- mitment to innovation and pushing the bound- aries of what’s possible is also closely aligned with Covestro’s. “Covestro is one of the most dynamic, forward-thinking businesses in the industry and recognises the growing importance of dig- ital solutions in a changing world,” says Amish Sabharwal, global head of Engineering Business at AVEVA. “Covestro’s engineers realised the potential of SimCentral Simulation Platform early on and after extensive testing, we are delighted that Covestro has chosen to partner with us to meet a crucial objective in its digital transformation strategy.”