Honeywell helps Borealis simulate chemical, polyolefin processes

March 23, 2023

Honeywell announced Feb. 10 that chemicals and polyolefins manufacturer Borealis Group will implement Honeywell’s UniSim Live software to build process models for optimizing operations through virtual process simulation. UniSim Live will allow Borealis to extend the utility of process models to near real-time process monitoring and focus on early event detection by using digital twins to improve plant reliability.

Austria-based, Borealis also produces fertilizers, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), and invest in technology and digitalization tools to improve processing capabilities and efficiencies as part of its Borstar program to optimize and transform key operations.

“Digitalization is a megatrend transforming at great speed, and we’re striving to stay ahead of this curve,” says Philippe Roodhooft, executive VP for joint ventures and growth Projects at Borealis. “We’re collaborating with recognized market players to develop new digital technologies to optimize our operations, ensuring our customers can continuously rely on us to provide the best possible service.”

UniSim Live’s advanced process modeling  detection capabilities are helping Borealis detect and mitigate issues that can impact plant performance. The collaboration with Borealis builds on Honeywell’s 20-year efforts associated with the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) consortium, whose charter is to improve plant safety and reliability.

“Honeywell is proud to work with Borealis to drive digital innovation in their operations, particularly as they use UniSim Live as a key enabler of their process digitalization,” adds Kevin Dehoff, president and CEO of Honeywell Connected Enterprise. “We’re excited about these new opportunities for UniSim Live as a truly transformative solution.”