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New thinking of process integration

The Process Integration 2000-2004 technology programme in Finland took a new view on process integration by setting the overall mission to develop tools and methods for enhancement of the value chain management of the processing industries.

Generally, the term process integration has meant integrated and system-oriented planning, operation, optimisation and management of industrial processes. The Process Integration 2000-2004 technology programme in Finland took a new view on process integration by setting the overall mission to develop tools and methods for enhancement of the value chain management of the processing industries. The term Process Integration was given a broad meaning in the programme. The programme supported industrial process technology development projects in which energy, material or information flows were involved. It covered generic optimisation and design methods but - based on the broadened definition of process integration - also methods for information management during the process or plant lifecycle. Additionally, it also supported projects, which implemented simulation tools in the processing industry and improved decision-making at all levels of the industry. The programme had the goal to open up new thinking and visions in the processing industries with the main focuses in the enhancement of the process, utility and investment competitiveness and the operational competitiveness, multi-criteria methodologies in decision-making and information management during the plant lifecycle. These are believed to be among the building stones of the increasingly more complex world. Process-integration Technology programme has published a report where you can find out more on this new view on process integration and read project presentations. Link to the report: http://websrv2.tekes.fi/opencms/opencms/OhjelmaPortaali/Kaynnissa/Prosessi-integraatio/fi/Dokumenttiarkisto/Viestinta_ja_aktivointi/Julkaisut/PI-report_2005_final_031105.pdf

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