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PlantTriage improves performance at plastics plant in Finland

PlantTriage improves performance at plastics plant in Finland
Hartland, Wis., August 28, 2007 - Borealis, a leading provider of plastics solutions, has reported significant performance improvements using PlantTriage software. The Borealis Cracker operation in Poorvo, Finland is exceeding expected production targets, and discovering hidden process performance opportunities.

With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis produces and sells over 5 billion Euros of high quality polyethylene and polypropylene products worldwide. Process control and automation helps to ensure high quality and low cost production. A desire to improve the performance of the control systems led Borealis to ExperTune, the developer of PlantTriage performance supervision software.

Automation Engineer Mikko Ronka says, "We discovered that many of our control loops were not performing well. We needed a way to identify specific performance issues across the hundreds of control loops at our facility. PlantTriage discovered and correctly diagnosed significant opportunities with sensors, valves, and controls. We have addressed these opportunities directly, before they became big problems for the operators."

PlantTriage connects to control systems via industry-standard OPC communications methods. Using this real-time data, the software determines meaningful, actionable performance indicators and diagnostics. Results are prioritized according to economics, and displayed in a web browser interface. Using drill-downs, the user moves quickly to the root cause of problems.

Mr. Ronka continues, "After our most recent start-up, we are exceeding the expected production rates, and seeing reduced energy costs. We are on track for a full return on the PlantTriage investment within 6 months of start-up."

At Borealis, the performance tracking system monitors the plant "24x7" to ensure that new issues are discovered quickly, sustaining peak performance levels. Future plans include expanding the base of users to the maintenance and operations teams.

About PlantTriage
PlantTriage is a performance supervision system, designed to improve the performance of equipment, operations, and controls. PlantTriage Software extracts data from existing control systems, using industry-standard OPC communications. Based on ExperTune's award-winning control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software then makes prioritized recommendations for performance improvements. With integrated control loop optimization tools, PlantTriage Software is the only complete performance supervision system.

About ExperTune
For 20 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software that runs in thousands of plants worldwide. PlantTriage Performance Supervision Software oversees the optimization of an entire plant. PlantTriage Software optimizes the entire process, including equipment, operations, and controls.

ExperTune's full suite of optimization tools is designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The company's analysis tools include interaction analysis, modeling, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency analysis, and process modeling.

About Borealis
The Borealis Group, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, is a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. With more than 40 years'experience in the polyethylene and polypropylene business, Borealis has annual sales of over $5 billion euros.
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