The first ever KBC Xchange was held recently in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with our parent company Yokogawa’s Americas User Conference. The KBC Xchange was a separate track at the conference showcasing how digitalization can be adopted and applied in the Energy and Chemical industry as a very deliberate strategy for achieving operational excellence. Eighteen presentations were given in total from customers, partners and KBC experts. Here's some detail on what our customers discussed at the conference:
- Jeff Warmann CEO, Monroe Energy: Why does an airline buy a refinery and the benefits to KBC and Yokogawa Solutions
- Arnold Martin, Director Process Control Technology, Air Liquide America: Operational Excellence - Leveraging digitalization for transformational change
- Leticia Zarpellon, Process Controls Engineer, Air Liquide: Setting the pace with Advanced Process Control
- Rafael Araujo, Director of Industrial Automation, Braskem: Sustainable online energy management monitoring and optimization at Braskem Q1-BA petrochemical site
- Lindsey Beal, Operations Integrity Assurance Coordinator, Shell Canada: OGM - A cloud-based approach for operational integrity assurance at Shell
- Rick Howell, Real-Time Data, Devon Energy: Devon Energy's digital transformation
- John Williamson, Manager Process Control, Shell: Pace - Platform for advanced control and estimation
The KBC Simulation Software User Conference was held the same week in Houston, TX with more than 40 customers attending. This event provides a stage for customers to share their experience in the use of our software with other users and to discuss their intricate technology topics and issues. It was also a forum for users to share success stories and ask questions directly to KBC product management, software support and research and development teams..
It’s no secret that the refining industry relies heavily on KBC’s software. So, it was particularly pleasing to hear the captains of the North American refining industry sharing why they find our products and services incredibly valuable.
The event was made more special as it commemorated the 50th anniversary of our FCC-SIM product. On Day 1, Roger Pelham, retired founder of Profimatics and father of KBC’s refinery models, took the audience down memory lane with tales of how the software was conceived and developed at a time before PCs, faxes, cell phones and the internet.
Day 2 was all about leveraging investment in the Petro-SIM platform across the hydrocarbon value chain and KBC’s Energy and Supply Chain optimization portfolio. It was an opportunity for customers to understand the significance of recent developments at KBC including new partnerships offering additional functionality for cost estimation, heat exchangers and electrolytes and a preview of what's coming up in Petro-SIM Version 7.0 which will be released later this year.
We encourage customers to get involved in these events - it's a great platform to learn from your peers in the industry and to share your own experiences. You can register to be kept informed of upcoming events and latest KBC news here.