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Software to support the operators of complex processes and plants; FORMENTOR

Software FORMENTOR to assist plant operators respond in complex situtations.

Increased complexity of modern industrial plants is forcing operators to radically rethink the role of systems management and control. Many chemcial processes can udergo rapid changes away from a controlled near-equilibrium or slow transient state, and quickly develop into a "runway" event requiring immediate operator intervention and possible activation of the plant's shutdown systems. Due to the increasing level of control room automation, operators' tasks now involve proactive supervisory functions. This can create substantial pressure on plant operators as a minor mistake in data interpretation, or errors of judgement can lead to catastrophic consequences.

The JRC's Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety (ISIS), together with partner from industry, has developed software to address the needs of plant operators for greater control to reduce plant downtime, to increase safety and to improve product quality. "Formentor" is a real-time knowledge-based system which offers on-line decision support to operators of complex plants who are faced with unusual and potentially hazardous situations.

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