Tank and silo management in the chemical industry

Optimized planning of tank capacities by monitoring material flows in order to avoid investments in additional equipment

Tank management in the chemical process industry remains challenging from a planning perspective. Limited tank and silo capacities to be combined with specific planning dynamics arising from the following criteria, among others, or the combinations of them, are crucial aspects:

  • Technological restrictions such as product sequences, process and ripening times as well as cleaning times
  • Technical restrictions such as minimum and maximum batch quantities
  • Complex compound productions
  • Seasonal fluctuations in the availability of raw materials
  • Tolerated property variations of raw materials and intermediate products, e.g. density
  • Limited shelf life of raw materials
  • Sales value and volume fluctuations

ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench | Increase capacity utilization and minimize inventories with software-supported silo and tank planning

ORSOFT has already successfully implemented solutions for the joint planning of processing, mixing and storage resources with identical requirements and their interdependencies at a large number of companies. In accordance with their broad range of functions, tank capacities are not considered statically as usually done in ERP systems, but as dynamic parameters in resource planning. In this way, unnecessary investments in further capacities can often be avoided. Consequently, silos and tanks are hybrid objects at best and are managed in the ERP, both as a storage location and a resource.

The application of the ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench | Silo and Tank Planning can bridge data & functional deficits of SAP ERP. These are the main advantages:

  • Simulation and planning of complex tank-pipeline networks and their restrictions as a subtask of the overall capacity-focused production planning run
  • Clear display of the assigned production orders to the main resources, tanks and pipelines
  • Both manual and heuristically optimised automatic tank allocation
  • Possibility of distribution to several tanks if capacity bottlenecks occur
  • Early detection of recipe conflicts, necessary changeovers, re-pumping, material flows as well as cleaning and maintenance orders
  • Real-time data management and synchronisation between ORSOFT Manufacturing Workbench and SAP ERP