The 4th European Conference on Process Analytics and Control Technology (EuroPACT 2017) took place in Potsdam, Germany, on 10 to 12 of May 2017, and attracted over 220 experts in the field of PAT and control from research and industry.

CONSENS was one out of 5 SPIRE projects (CONSENS, DISIRE, FUDIPO, IbD, ProPAT) representing SPIRE PPP at this event.

Information material on SPIRE PPP and its approach, as well as on the 5 projects, was made available to visitors on the dedicated booth, attracting visitors who showed big interest.

A plenary lecture “Integrated Process Control – SPIRE Projects with High Impact for Process Industry”, jointly presented by Frans Muller (ProPAT) and Manuel Pereira Remelhe (CONSENS), introduced the main ideas of SPIRE to the audience and illustrated with case studies and intermediate results how the cooperation of industry from a wide range of sectors and academia leads to high impacts in the European process industries and potentially in sectors beyond that.

A presentation on “Online Performance Monitoring of PAT-based Process and Control”, given by of CONSENS Partner Nimet Kerimoglu (Clariant), showed how the company Clariant will employ a Big Data approach for online assessment of whether a process control solution is working optimally or not.

CONSENS Partner Simon Kern (BAM) presented the work of BAM on the “Design and Validation of a Compact NMR Analyser”, covering many different aspects, starting from explosion protection and communication, to automated computation of concentrations from NMR spectra, to experimentation in the lab and the upcoming validation in the industrial pilot plant. A very challenging but successful work.

A live demonstration of the online NMR developed within the CONSENS project by the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) was one of the highlights at the event. The participants could change the feed flows to the sensor and see via WLAN connection on their own mobile phones how the concentration measurement evolved over time.

Last not least, 10 posters presenting the 5 SPIRE projects were displayed and led to lively discussions.