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2007




Borealis Performance Improves with PlantTriage

Borealis, a leading provider of plastics solutions, has reported significant performance improvements using PlantTriage software. The Borealis Cracker operation in Poorvo, Finland is exceeding expected production targets, and discovering hidden process performance opportunities.

With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis produces and sells over 5 billion Euros of high quality polyethylene and polypropylene products worldwide. Process control and automation helps to ensure high quality and low cost production. A desire to improve the performance of the control systems led Borealis to ExperTune, the developer of PlantTriage performance supervision software.

Automation Engineer Mikko Ronka says, "We discovered that many of our control loops were not performing well. We needed a way to identify specific performance issues across the hundreds of control loops at our facility. PlantTriage discovered and correctly diagnosed significant opportunities with sensors, valves, and controls. We have addressed these opportunities directly, before they became big problems for the operators."

PlantTriage connects to control systems via industry-standard OPC communications methods. Using this real-time data, the software determines meaningful, actionable performance indicators and diagnostics. Results are prioritized according to economics, and displayed in a web browser interface. Using drill-downs, the user moves quickly to the root cause of problems.

Mr. Ronka continues, "After our most recent start-up, we are exceeding the expected production rates, and seeing reduced energy costs. We are on track for a full return on the PlantTriage investment within 6 months of start-up."

At Borealis, the performance tracking system monitors the plant "24x7" to ensure that new issues are discovered quickly, sustaining peak performance levels. Future plans include expanding the base of users to the maintenance and operations teams.

For more details on PlantTriage Software, contact ExperTune at +1 (262) 369 7711.

About PlantTriage
PlantTriage is a performance supervision system, designed to improve the performance of equipment, operations, and controls. PlantTriage Software extracts data from existing control systems, using industry-standard OPC communications. Based on ExperTune's award-winning control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software then makes prioritized recommendations for performance improvements. With integrated control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software is the only complete performance supervision system. For more information about PlantTriage Software, visit www.planttriage.com.

About ExperTune
For 20 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software that runs in thousands of plants worldwide. PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software oversees the optimization of an entire plant. PlantTriage Software optimizes the entire process, including equipment, operations, and controls. ExperTune's full suite of optimization tools is designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The company's analysis tools include interaction analysis, modeling, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency analysis, and process modeling. For more information, visit www.expertune.com.

About Borealis
The Borealis Group, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, is a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. With more than 40 years' experience in the polyethylene and polypropylene business, Borealis has annual sales of over $5 billion Euros.




ExperTune Announces PlantAMS™ Alarm Management System

ExperTune today announced the PlantAMS™ Alarm Management System. This offering expands ExperTune's line of performance improvement software for process plants. PlantAMS is designed to help reduce safety risks, environmental risks, and operator errors through better alarm management in both routine and abnormal operation.

Kevin Gibbs, CEO of ExperTune, Inc says "At ExperTune, we have always been focused on improving process performance. PlantAMS adds another dimension to our performance improvement capabilities, as we can help improve the performance of operations personnel."

PlantAMS™ gathers alarm data directly from control systems or via historians, using industry-standard OPC communications. PlantAMS tools allow plant personnel to analyze, trend, and rationalize process alarms. Rather than sort through hundreds of individual alarm messages, plant personnel can quickly focus on the most important information.

PlantAMS™ alarm analysis information can be integrated with real-time process and control information in ExperTune's PlantTriage Performance Supervision System. Together, these tools provide a "big-picture" view of plant performance, drill-down to root cause, integrated reporting, and detailed analysis of process, control, and operating conditions.

Mr. Gibbs adds "Several of our clients have recognized the value of integrating alarm management solutions with PlantTriage. PlantAMS is a natural extension of our product line, and we are excited to be able to help our clients improve performance in this new way."

For more details on PlantAMS, contact ExperTune at +1 (262) 369 7711.

About PlantAMS™
The PlantAMS™ Alarm Management System is designed to reduce safety and environmental risks. PlantAMS extracts data from the control system, then analyzes alarm data. Working in concert with the PlantTriage Performance Supervision System, PlantAMS can provide insight into operational, performance, and alarm issues.




ExperTune Announces ProcessApex™, to Improve Process Units and Plant Operations

ExperTune announces ProcessApex™, providing real-time advice for process unit operations, based on the expert advice of Greg Shinskey and others. This system builds on the success of ExperTune's PlantTriage system, delivering specific diagnostics, advice, and improvement suggestions for process unit operations. Further, it allows direct benchmark comparisons between unit operations across an entire company. This data drives daily decisions to improve plant operations, as well as high-level decisions such as capital spending, at the corporate level.

"Plants are awash in real-time data. With ProcessApex™, we automatically provide context to real-time data, and combine it with embedded engineering expertise. The result is some very concentrated, very powerful information. Each unit operation becomes a 'smart' unit operation, capable of self-diagnosis and self-improvement." says John Gerry, President and Founder of ExperTune, Inc.

ProcessApex™ technology handles unit operations from simple to complex. Individual process objects include common operations such as heat exchangers, dryers, and even distillation columns. Each 'Smart' unit operation provides real-time performance metrics appropriate to that unit. The performance metrics address throughput, quality, reliability, and cost. A direct link with ExperTune's PlantTriage system allows users to drill down into specific performance issues.

Benchmarking tools help users to squeeze additional value from process performance information. This includes tools for benchmarking within and between similar unit operations over time. When used at a corporate level, the tools can help drive capital spending decisions, resolving questions like "Where should I add more production capacity?" With its benchmark perspective on cost, efficiency, and excess capacity, ProcessApex can provide a very specific answer to this question.

Mr. Gerry continues, "Smart instruments revolutionized the maintenance world. The smart unit op will revolutionize the entire business of process plant manufacturing…from the plant floor to the boardroom."

For more details on ProcessApex™ and the latest improvements to PlantTriage, contact ExperTune at +1 (262) 369 7711, or visit www.expertune.com/ProcessApex.aspx.

About PlantTriage
PlantTriage is a performance supervision system, designed to improve the performance of equipment, operations, and controls. PlantTriage Software extracts data from existing control systems, using industry-standard OPC communications. Based on ExperTune's award-winning control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software then makes prioritized recommendations for performance improvements. With integrated control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software is the only complete performance supervision system. For more information about PlantTriage Software, visit www.planttriage.com.

About ExperTune
For 20 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software that runs in thousands of plants worldwide. PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software oversees the optimization of an entire plant. PlantTriage Software optimizes the entire process, including equipment, operations, and controls. ExperTune's full suite of optimization tools is designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The company's analysis tools include interaction analysis, modeling, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency analysis, and process modeling.




PlantTriage 7.0 Offers New Tools to Improve Control System Performance Enterprise-Wide

ExperTune announces the release of PlantTriage 7.0 software for enterprise-wide plant control system performance improvements. This software gives companies a global view of plant performance and process control assets. The latest release of PlantTriage also offers language support for all world languages. Users see data in their own language, and can share results with other users world-wide, each user seeing the information in his or her preferred language.

"Our clients with worldwide corporate agreements have asked for this to be a top priority. They are no longer satisfied to simply optimize individual plant operations. They are benchmarking between plants, and sharing process and control expertise globally. It was a natural extension for PlantTriage to offer an enterprise-wide solution, using local languages." says John Gerry, President and Founder of ExperTune, Inc.

Enterprise-wide connectivity happens securely, over the customer's secure corporate networks. Additional "Shadow Server" connections allow the client to further protect their mission-critical control systems. With enterprise-wide access, individual site results are rolled up to the corporate level. Enterprise users can use web-based analysis tools, including Tree Mapping, reporting, and dashboards. Color-coded, context-sensitive drill-downs drive the user from the highest levels down to root cause.

The language support covers all world languages, even 2-byte character languages, such as Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Language features are highly customizable, allowing users to use local dialects or colloquial terms.

Tom Fiske, Senior Analyst at ARC Advisory Group, adds "The scalability of PlantTriage is one of its great strengths. These new enterprise features clearly address the needs of users to leverage information and resources across the enterprise while helping to establish and improve performance among similar process units through its benchmarking capability."

For more details on these latest improvements to PlantTriage, contact ExperTune at +1 (262) 369 7711.

About PlantTriage
PlantTriage is a performance supervision system, designed to improve the performance of equipment, operations, and controls. PlantTriage Software extracts data from existing control systems, using industry-standard OPC communications. Based on ExperTune's award-winning control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software then makes prioritized recommendations for performance improvements. With integrated control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software is the only complete performance supervision system. For more information about PlantTriage Software, visit www.planttriage.com.

About ExperTune
For 20 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software that runs in thousands of plants worldwide. PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software oversees the optimization of an entire plant. PlantTriage Software optimizes the entire process, including equipment, operations, and controls. ExperTune's full suite of optimization tools is designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The company's analysis tools include interaction analysis, modeling, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency analysis, and process modeling.




Lyondell Signs Agreement for PlantTriage Software

Hartland, Wisconsin, Jan. 15, 2007 — ExperTune Inc announced that Lyondell Chemical Company has executed an agreement to license PlantTriage® Performance Supervision Software at 25 of its manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Under the agreement, Lyondell will use the PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software to monitor and analyze real-time data from their plant control systems. This data will be used in identifying and prioritizing specific plant improvements, including identifying instrument and valve failures and maintaining control of tuning issues.

PlantTriage Software combines real-time data with decades of engineering expertise. The software delivers savings by improving control, eliminating bottlenecks and pinpointing faulty equipment.

"Lyondell places a strong emphasis on continuous improvement. A key aspect is the reduction of unnecessary operator work load, so the operator can focus on optimization of production and quality. An important step in this direction is improvement of our base control performance. Based on my experience with ExperTune and PlantTriage Software over the years, we know we can achieve significant improvements and expect to leverage this experience at all our sites," says Lothar Lang, consulting engineer, Lyondell.

Industries using PlantTriage Software include oil and gas producers; metal and mining companies; chemical, pulp and paper manufacturers; and utility companies.

"Installing PlantTriage Software at multiple sites allows our clients to greatly leverage their internal expertise in process and controls. In effect, they are boosting the results of their engineering staff, without adding staffing," says Kevin Gibbs, CEO, ExperTune.

For more details on PlantTriage Software, contact ExperTune at +1 (262) 369 7711.

About PlantTriage
PlantTriage is a performance supervision system, designed to improve the performance of equipment, operations, and controls. PlantTriage Software extracts data from existing control systems, using industry-standard OPC communications. Based on ExperTune's award-winning control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software then makes prioritized recommendations for performance improvements. With integrated control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software is the only complete performance supervision system. For more information about PlantTriage Software, visit www.planttriage.com.

About ExperTune
For 20 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software that runs in thousands of plants worldwide. PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software oversees the optimization of an entire plant. PlantTriage Software optimizes the entire process, including equipment, operations, and controls. ExperTune's full suite of optimization tools is designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The company's analysis tools include interaction analysis, modeling, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency analysis, and process modeling.

About Lyondell Chemical Company
Lyondell Chemical Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America's third-largest independent, publicly traded chemical company. Lyondell is a major global manufacturer of basic chemicals and derivatives including ethylene, propylene, titanium dioxide, styrene, polyethylene, propylene oxide and acetyls. It also is a refiner of heavy, high-sulfur crude oil and a significant producer of gasoline-blending components. Lyondell is a global company operating on five continents and employs approximately 11,000 people worldwide.



 

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