ANDRITZ introduces new simulation-based operator training

ANDRITZ SmartSIM: simulation based operator training

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

ANDRITZ SmartSIM is a sophisticated solution for efficient implementation of new machine control systems or optimised training of new operators. It is available for various models of solid or liquid separation machines and systems with a Metris addIQ control system. The benefits of ANDRITZ SmartSIM training are reduced downtimes because there are fewer operating errors and lower maintenance costs due to operators being highly trained.

ANDRITZ 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. In the course of the training, participants learn – with professional on-site support from ANDRITZ – how to run the machine, respond properly to alarm situations, and improve the performance of the machine or the process. At the end of the training course, every operator is able to respond to real-life operating challenges and achieve certification level.

Shorter start-up times are achieved for new machine control systems 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.