This paper describes the development of an operator-education program for a simulated moving bed (SMB) pilot plant that separates para-xylene isomer from mixed xylenes. The education program was motivated from reliable and safe operations for a newly developed SMB technology, in particular, a priori education on preventing accidents such as explosion, fire and toxic material release, most of which result from the lack of understanding of the processes being operated. This SMB process education program has overall SMB process description, sixteen operating screen and response procedure for accident of leak and explosion. The proposed system was implemented based on client/server architecture in company-wise LAN environment and applied previously operator heuristics. In addition, it features multi-dimensional animation for virtual reality of process flow, using multi-media techniques. Operators are expected to benefit from education that is free of time and space constraints. The education system for the pilot plant will contribute to keeping the full scale SMB operation workforce performing at a high level of proficiency as well as refreshing the operational skills of senior operators.
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The authors acknowledge the financial support of Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. This work was supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Korea by its BK21 Program.
© 2014, Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers, Seoul, Korea.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)