Characterized by a manufacturing process that is often complex while needing to remain flexible, specialty chemicals present unique challenges to automation and process engineers. Unlike commodity chemicals
manufactured in a continuous process, batch processes for specialty chemicals are in perpetual startup and shutdown, produce a spectrum of products, and have interrelated batch yield, production, quality, and
repeatability. Dow Chemical successfully utilized Mimic simulation in a virtual environment to address operational and engineering difficulties for their batch chemical manufacturing. Tough challenges were encountered from proposal to FAT but all were overcome and incredible results were realized.