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MYNAH Honored as a Leader in Automation World
By Martin Berutti on 01.11.13
Mimic Simulation

Automation World published the results of their 2012 survey of their reader's choice of "first team" suppliers and MYNAH was honored in the simulation software category.

Gary Mintchell at Automation World is one of the leading voices in the automation industry, covering updates and the direction of this dynamic industry. In the annual Leadership in Automation survey, he gives his readers the opportunity to pick their "first team" of technology suppliers. I am very happy to report that MYNAH Technologies was honored with a place in the first team for simulation software. Gary's method for collecting the data and then sorting the responses is very interesting and keeps the survey a true representation of the views of the readers. I strongly recommend reading the full article, Leadership in Automation 2012: First Team Honorees, to see how he came up with the results.

To be fair, MYNAH was not the only company in the category of Simulation Software, but there are some key differences between our offering and that of the other honorees in this category. All of the other honorees in the simulation software category are large automation companies. Two of them are actually strategic partners of MYNAH and use our Mimic Simulation Software, with their own control system simulator package, for their dynamic simulation offering. It's almost like we were mentioned three times! The other two large automation companies have their own simulation software technology and compete with MYNAH. All of these companies are much larger in size and sales than MYNAH.

Dynamic Simulation Software Leader

So why is MYNAH counted as a leader in Simulation Software among these giants? Because Mimic uniquely addresses the needs of the process industries. Mimic Simulation Software was designed and developed for the Virtual Plant, incorporating a control system emulator with a dynamic process and IO model, used for control system development and operator training. Operations managers in the process industries need the Virtual Plant and Mimic Simulation Software delivers this solution. (See Business Case for the VIrtual Plant.) Mimic users that have integrated the Virtual Plant into their control system management and operator effectiveness planning, have more highly automated plants and better trained operators. In this age of great operating challenges, plant operations needs new solutions to help survive. The Virtual Plant System using Mimic Simulation Software is an enabling technology to address these challenges.

Mimic v3.5 Reactor Object with Reaction Assistant makes the development of rigorous, dynamic reaction models faster than ever before.

At MYNAH, we are continually investing in Mimic Simulation Software with the goal of bringing the benefits of the virtual plant to more users across the process industries. Our next release of Mimic will continue to extend these business benefits through:

  • Accurate Process Modeling Quicker. Our aggressive, continual investment in new Mimic Advanced Modeling Objects make the implementation of dynamic, first principle, unit operations process models quick and easy. Because the Mimic simulation engine is dynamic and real time, simulated IO signals to the control system respond like the real plant process and IO. In this latest release, the benefits of the virtual plant can be realized for less engineering time with better dynamic model performance.
  • Effective Operator Training Faster. Our significant enhancements to the Mimic Operator Training Manager allow operations managers to implement structured, repeatable, measureable operator training programs. Training scenarios with operator scoring, complete process snapshots of the virtual plant and off-line control system, and graphical instructor stations can be quickly and easily built. Mimic v3.4 is a powerful tool that equips operations managers to plan for operator shortages and turnover.
  • Complete Control System Testing Easier. Releasing Simulated IO Interfaces to new controls systems and incrementally improving existing interfaces improve the ability of the automation system users to test their control systems. The current business climate forces process automation to perform with faster cutovers and better control performance from the first download. Control system testing is a critical part of the automation project but schedules are under pressure to compress further. Mimic allows control engineers to test their automation system against a complete IO and process simulation without changing anything in the control system configuration. Mimic Test Bench allows the user to develop automated tests of the control system that can be run unattended, allowing more complete system testing with less engineering time.

Thanks again to the Gary Mintchell and the staff at Automation World and their readers. To be on the first team of automation suppliers in the Leadership in Automation 2012: First Team Honorees is a great honor.

Other Resources to Review

The Promise of the Virtual Plant
The Virtual Plant - Better Than The Real Thing
Business Case for the Virtual Plant Using Mimic Simulation Software

I look forward to your comments, questions, or suggestions.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Mart Berutti, 01/11/13