Dow extends standardization of AspenTech engineering and manufacturing solutions

Cambridge, Mass. - The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.) and Aspen Technology announced February 11th an agreement whereby Dow will standardize on key elements of AspenTech's integrated engineering and manufacturing technologies in Dow's global manufacturing operations.

By Control Engineering Staff February 13, 2002

Cambridge, Mass. – The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.) and Aspen Technology announced February 11th an agreement whereby Dow will standardize on key elements of AspenTech’s integrated engineering and manufacturing technologies in Dow’s global manufacturing operations.

The agreement enables Dow to extend its use of process engineering and design tools from the Aspen Engineering Suite, and to standardize on key components of AspenTech’s integrated Plantelligence solution for production optimization. Dow will use AspenTech’s integrated solutions for production management and scheduling, process information management, and advanced control and optimization.

“Standardizing on AspenTech’s solutions in these areas represents a significant step in our manufacturing strategy and will strengthen Dow’s competitive position in the marketplace,” said Maggi Walker, Director of Dow Process Automation. “These tools and applications will provide us with a powerful technology platform to drive performance improvements across our manufacturing network, and we believe these applications will be a key enabler in helping Dow to achieve its business objectives.”

Dow intends to use the Plantelligence applications within its Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) initiative to link plants with the company’s SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, allowing critical real-time information to be shared along the value chain for automated, faster and more profitable decision-making.

Dow’s decision to extend the standardization of AspenTech’s applications follows 20-year relationship that produced a 2001 Dow/AspenTech agreement currently being implemented globally across Dow’s ethylene plants. The use of AspenTech’s applications leverages Dow’s existing manufacturing experience and extends the utilization of advanced control and optimization solutions throughout Dow’s global manufacturing operations.

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