Schneider Electric Launches Engineering Process Simulation Platform
SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities manages how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle.
Schneider Electric introduces SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities, a platform to manage how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle. With this platform, users can streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modeling complexity, according to the company.
Key features and functionalities of SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities reportedly include:
Unified lifecycle simulation – a model can be taken through all stages of the plant lifecycle, including across design, training and operations.
Ease of use – a modern user interface shows relevant features and libraries; role-based library views ease navigation, equation views are easier to see and change.
Expanded problem solving…
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