New Innovation Machine-Learning Solution for Crude Column On-Line Yield Optimization
Napcon, developed by Neste Engineering Solutions, introduces Napcon Advisor, a third generation Machine-Learning based solution for crude column on-line yield optimization.
The Napcon Advisor is an advanced artificial intelligence solution for operational excellence in an industry 4.0 smart refinery. It is a digital plant operator assistant that predicts the future behavior of the crude column process in real time and generates operational proposals using possible scenarios. The solution helps achieve the plant’s true limits by optimizing on a case-by-case basis whether it is necessary to reduce CO2 emissions, optimize utilities, or maximize yields, states the company.
With this first solution, the Advisor Column, is able to maximize the yield of the most valuable products in fractional distillation. It also optimizes the intersection points of the crude column and thereby the fractions of different yields to optimize the additional refining and blending process. At the same time, it keeps the people in the loop to improve situational awareness and readiness to process deviations and recovery, adds the firm.
It is an advanced decision-making solution for production personnel which also increases situational awareness by sharing the vision of the process at all levels of the organization. Hence, it improves the readiness for disturbances, unexpected deviations and incidents, concludes the company.