Andritz introduces SmartSIM simulation-based operator training

Andritz Separation, part of international technology group Andritz, has a new computer-assisted tool for operator training to maximize machine and process performance with a minimum of training time.

Andritz says that SmartSIM is a sophisticated solution for efficient implementation of new machine control systems or optimized training of new operators. It is available for various models of solid/liquid separation machines and systems with a Metris addIQ control system. The company says that SmartSIM training reduces downtimes because there are fewer operating errors and lower maintenance costs when operators are highly trained.

SmartSIM includes a computer-assisted classroom training course which can be used at any time without affecting actual plant operation. Using the original operating interface, trainees have the opportunity to control a “digital twin” of the machine, including the individual parameters of production operations.

Course participants learn – with professional onsite support from Andritz – how to run the machine, respond properly to alarm situations and improve the performance of the machine or the process. The goal is that at the end of the course, every operator will be able to respond to real-life operating challenges and achieve certification level, says Andritz.

SmartSIM offers shorter start-up times thanks to the flexibility of the training, allowing several participants to take part in a single, classroom-based training session.

Simultaneous training with the same machine/ process conditions and problem scenarios enables operators to deal with the most challenging or unusual conditions using the realistic process model, which has real production parameters integrated into a digital twin.

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