Introduction to Aspen Fidelis Reliability

Course Id:  AFR101   |   Duration:  3.00 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  2.1   |   Level:  Introductory


Course Objective

Billions of dollars are lost each year to equipment failure, unplanned downtime, and production disruption. The challenge is to maintain optimal reliability and mitigate risks while achieving target production levels. Understanding the costs and benefits of making such changes drives the decision-making process.

Would you be interested in knowing about a software tool that can help you predict the reliability, availability and maintainability of your units and help you maximize overall production or determine economic impact of a potential failure? In this course, you will learn how you can use Aspen Fidelis Reliability to generate accurate predictions of future performance and monitor key indicators such as availability, utilization, system shutdowns, logistics, and resource usage.



 
 

Course Overview

  • Review the fundamentals of asset management, system engineering, reliability modeling
  • Learn how to build simple to medium complexity models
  • Understand how to identify modeling opportunities and develop modeling scope
  • Learn how to change basic inputs, view results and customize any model for specific requirements

Benefits

  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge to begin modeling new and existing processes
  • Learn how to use the software to reduce plant cost by increasing predictability
  • Learn how to make better plant decisions based on System Reliability results
  • Gain an understanding of the Asset Management Model by learning how reliability and maintainability affect cost and decision making

Audience

  • Process Engineers / Project Engineers working on Capital Projects
  • Reliability Engineers / Facilities Engineers / Industrial Engineers focused on System Reliability

Approach

  • Instruction on basic topics
  • Discussion about the general approach and the key elements of system reliability modeling
  • Instructor-guided demonstrations of features
  • Hands-on workshops that apply learned concepts
  • Detailed course notes

Prerequisites

None

Class Schedule

Class Agenda

AFR101: Introduction to Aspen Fidelis Reliability

Process Reliability and Maintenance using Aspen Fidelis Reliability
This course helps you get acquainted with general Reliability and Maintenance practices and understand how those are incorporated in Aspen Fidelis Reliability (AFR). You will go through various workshops to understand the workflow and basic components of an AFR model.  This course will enable you understand your plant model in terms of plant performance and unplanned equipment failures, and provide quick pointers to improve the same. You will learn how to use plant data to generate results and enable informed, defensible, decisions on capital asset management.
 

Navigate the graphical user interface and AFR modeling features
  • Quickly become familiar with AFR product features, interface and model library.
  • Discuss and practice the main aspects of AFR functionality that will be used in model development during the training.
  • Learn the descriptions and definitions of object types available in the model library, equipment data entry workflow using RAM Data Editor (RDE) and calculation settings in Simulation Control Panel (SCP).
Develop Process Plant model in AFR Flowsheet and understand Case Management.
  • Understand the key parameters that are involved in configuring the plant process model for reliability management analysis.
  • Use equipment and process data to develop the reliability flow diagram ensuring all critical equipment and flows are captured in the model.
  • Learn how to configure Tanks and Unit objects with equipment items defined at the sub-unit level. Use the maximum tank level management to define tank capacities, availabilities and set point..
  • Learn how to specify equipment trains with rate responses consistent to real equipment operating capacity.
  • Easily identify system vulnerabilities and improve model validation using AFR debugging tool in animation mode.
  • Predict key performance indicators like availability and utilization to maximize plant performance.
Analyze Warehouse Sparing and Start-up Failure to mitigate downtime
  • Learn how AFR uses defined equipment spares to mitigate plant downtimes options such as warehouse spares or repair in place can be used to measure equipment failure impact to model.
  • Learn how to configure events such as seasonal changes (summer vs non-summer months), planned shutdown and/or maintenance, equipment testing, turnaround etc.
  • Analyze multiple alternatives of the base case with the Case Comparison capability.
Customize Solution using VBA Coding
  • Discover how simple subroutines can be used, in AFR, to customize native functionality and even extend it, using Microsoft Visual Basic Automation (VBA). Through instruction you will be taught how to write, edit and debug VBA coding that can be used for to set wide ranging operating conditions.
  • Use VBA coding to set equipment component age, modify tank levels, turn off or turn on equipment availability or induce failures; all without modifying model configuration and in during model solve.
  • VBA functionality in AFR comes with added ease of use for easy recognition of AFR objects and variables from within the coding environment.
 
 

Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.