Digital Plant/Engineering Why the Key to a Safe Process Control Migration Might be Found in Cyberspace...
Process digitalization: The Solvay/Butachimie chemical platform in Chalampé is an illustrative example for the factory of the future — Using the simulation tool Simit from Siemens the company realizes the changeover from the previously used process control system to the PCS 7 system, which is a Siemens tool too.
The Solvay/Butachimie industry platform in Chalampé (Haut-Rhin Department, France) is amongst the world’s biggest facilities to specialize in the manufacture of polyamide 6.6 and its intermediary products. What distinguishes the platform is its high-efficiency process, its production volume and the high quality of its products, which are sold the world over.
When deciding to invest in future-proofing their facilities, Solvay and Butachimie opted to rely on the technological expertise of Siemens to guarantee optimum changeover of the platform’s entire production facilities from the previously used process control system to the PCS 7 system from Siemens.
The Simit simulation used by Siemens to execute the project works like a “virtual twin” of the factory halls, and allows the migration and recommissioning of every unit to be tested using simulation software prior to actual execution. By supporting the process of digitalization of the Chalampé location, Siemens is providing tangible evidence of the progress being achieved on the way to the factory of the future as a vital lever in France’s endeavors to revitalize its industry.
Solvay/Butachimie, One of Industry’s Global Players
The Chalampé chemical platform is one of the most important sites manufacturing polyamide 6.6 intermediary products anywhere in Europe. It is located in Alsace, about 160 km to the south of Karlsruhe/Germany, and is subject to the Seveso Directive. Butachimie, a Solvay and Invista joint venture, is also headquartered here. It has specialized in the manufacture of the chemical intermediary products required for polyamide production.
Recently certified in compliance with the ISO 1400 standard (international standard forming the framework for the introduction of an Environment Management System), the facility operates around the clock, seven days a week in strict compliance to hygiene, safety, environmental and quality stipulations, to ensure the prompt delivery of high-quality products to its customers. This calls for the meticulous coordination and monitoring of manufacture, the analytical lab, support services and logistics.
A Polymer Behemoth
Covering an area of 125 hectares and with a workforce of around 1000, Chalampé is a location of major importance for the manufacture of polyamide 6.6, which is marketed under the brand name Stabamid. The plant’s core business concerns the manufacture of nylon salt and its intermediaries, manufactured by Solvay, and Adiponitril (ADN), manufactured by Butachimie. These are used to produce technical fabrics, textile and industrial fibers for application in such fields as automotive engineering, textile production and the packaging industry.