February 2013

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Operator training simulators for brownfield process units offer many benefits

Using very conservative estimation methods, the estimated benefits for operator training simulators (OTS) show a return on investment certain to surpass the typical corporate investment hurdle rate.

Ayral, T., De Jonge, P., Honeywell Process Solutions

In the airline industry, pilots are responsible for complex and expensive equipment, and the lives of many people. Flight simulators are used to train pilots for nontypical events, such as engine failure and water landing, and pilots are required to spend a specified amount of time per quarter-year in simulator training, to maintain certification. As the role of the process console operator has evolved, and he or she now controls more pieces of equipment (assets) and more control loops. The process console operator role approaches the responsibility of a pilot with similar levels of consequences when a failure occurs. Many progressive processing companies have installed operator trainin

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