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ProSim receives the CAPE OPEN Award

14/12/2012
During the CAPE-OPEN 2012 Annual Meeting, held in Lyon, on 19-20 September 2012, the CO-LaN (CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network) Board of Directors awarded to ProSim the "CAPE-OPEN Award" 2011 for its active use of standards and its ongoing support to the CO-LaN projects (www.colan.org).


Malcolm Woodman (BP, Chairman of the CO-LaN) congratulated the ProSim representatives present at the meeting: Alain Vacher, IT Manager, and Stéphane Déchelotte, CEO (Photo 1).

Photo 1 – Stéphane Déchelotte (ProSim), Malcolm Woodman (BP) and Alain Vacher (ProSim)ProSim has now joined the prestigious recipients of this award: Siegfried Nagel (2001), Daniel Piñol, Michael Halloran and Richard Szczepanski (2002), Hans Horst Mayer (2003), Pascal Roux (2004), Fernando Aguirre from HTRI (2005), Jasper van Baten from Amsterchem (2006), Peter Banks (2007), Bill Barrett (2008), SolidSim Engineering GmbH (2009) and Bertrand Braunschweig (2010).

Philippe Arpentinier, representative of Air Liquide in the CO-LaN Board of Directors has recently awarded the trophy to Prosim (Photo 2).

The commitment of ProSim to CAPE-OPEN technologies is hardly new. Laurent Jourda, in particular, provided all his expertise to implement the first concepts during the CAPE-OPEN in GLOBAL CAPE-OPEN R&D projects during the late 1990s. This expertise continues to be maintained and enriched within ProSim development teams. Skills acquired in the CAPE-OPEN technologies, in particular by Alain Vacher, have also been shared with the CAPE (Computer Aided Process Engineering) community by organizing training sessions about CAPE-OPEN standards implementation attended by many industrials, like in San Francisco, CA, in November 2006.

The underlying concepts, such as interoperability and component-oriented software architecture have been taken into account from the beginning of the development of tools such as Simulis Thermodynamics (mixture properties and fluid phase equilibria calculations). This enables ProSim software to possess today an unmatched level of compatibility with CAPE-OPEN standards. Simulis Thermodynamics implements the Thermo 1.0 and Thermo 1.1 “plug” standards, which allows to generate CAPE-OPEN compatible “Property Packages” that can be used in any compatible environments (AspenPlus, AspenHysys, ProII, Xist, etc.).

Furthermore, the Thermo 1.0 and Thermo 1.1 “socket” standards implementation makes it possible to use external “Property Packages” (generated by Multiflash, AspenProperties, COCO TEA, …) in Simulis Thermodynamics. Each software that embeds the Simulis Thermodynamics component automatically inherits this compatibility at the thermodynamic level. This is the case not only for the ProSim software (ProsimPlus, BatchColumn, BatchReactor,…), but also for the developments done in Excel or for in-house codes that use Simulis Thermodynamics. On the other side, ProSimPlus, steady-state simulation and optimization of processes software, implements the “socket” CAPE-OPEN standard for unit operation, that enables to integrate external unit operation modules (Xist from HTRI, ChemSep,…). Some examples of this interoperability had been presented several years ago at the AIChE Annual Meeting 2006 (San Francisco, CA) "ProSimPlus new CAPE-OPEN capabilities" (A. Vacher et al. - paper # 535b).

For the chemical engineering software user, the great strength of CAPE-OPEN standards lies in the use of “external” software components (unit operations or “Property Packages”) that can be done without programming any line of code and that is entirely seamless; it is sufficient to have the external component on one’s PC to be able to use it in the software as a “native” component.

 

 

“The recognition of our peers is not going to stop the ProSim commitment in using and promoting CAPE-OPEN standards”, said Stéphane Déchelotte when receiving the award. “This investment is going to continue, since it is for us a true opportunity to ensure greater recognition of our software components quality and of our tools real openness. The simulation software users no longer want to have in front of them a single supplier with a monolith solution. The users want to easily combine the best software components with their internal developments (which contain a valuable know-how) within open simulation environments, to solve as effectively as possible the challenges they face in designing more efficient and less energy consuming processes.

 

 

 

 

About ProSim

ProSim is an independent company, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Labège (Toulouse – France). The company provides state of the art simulation and optimization software that allows process industries to increase their efficiency and their return on investment. ProSim solutions are designed for applications in the chemical, the refining, the gas treatment and the specialties chemical industries as well as in the pharmaceutical, the food processing and the energy industries. Its activities also comprise engineering process consulting and custom software development.

ProSim solutions are used to improve process design, increase plant efficiency and reduce their impact on environment. Thanks to long term partnerships with major research centers and to substantial investment in R&D, ProSim continuously develops innovative software and has become a recognized player on the international market.

The success of the company comes from the efficiency and the robustness of the solutions and of the calculation packages it proposes, but also from the quality of the services it provides.

The expertise and the know-how of ProSim personnel covers vast domains, including thermodynamics, thermophysical phenomenon modelling, process simulation, energy integration, optimization techniques, numerical methods, software architecture, and GUI development.

The company has a subsidiary in the USA, ProSim, Inc., located in Philadelphia, PA.

ProSim is active in 63 countries around the world, with over 720 customers among which major actors like Axens, Akzo Nobel, Alfa Laval, Arkema, Braskem, Cognis, EDF, Linde, Pharmacia, Praxair, Schering, Sintef, Sanofi, Technip, Total Petrochemicals, Uhde or Wacker.

 

Press relations : Isabelle Girard

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