June 2011

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Put training back into operator training simulators

This five-step approach is low-cost and offers safer learning experiences

Glaser, D., Simulation Solutions, Inc.

A great deal of effort and expense goes into the technical development of an operator training simulator (OTS) without a commensurate effort in planning for its implementation as a training tool. Because of this, OTS benefits are not fully realized, and, after limited initial use (often for a new plant startup), an OTS falls into disuse. A proven systematic five-step approach for implementing OTS over the long term is described in detail, along with testimonials from OTS users. The five steps include: identification, normal operations, startup and shutdown, troubleshooting, and optimization. The use of OTS to develop applied skills such as cooperation, communication and supervision is also c

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