Siemens Plans to Acquire Process Systems Enterprise

By Harry Forbes

Acquisition or Partnership

Siemens is planning to acquire Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), a technology supplier of software and services for advanced process modelling.  Advanced models are used within digital R&D, design and operations in the process industries to help make fast, safe and more efficient decisions through rapid and effective exploration of the decision space.  PSE offers model-based solutions that span the entire process lifecycle via a unified and integrated set of tools.  This provides a wide range of state-of-the-art model-based solutions that strongly complement the Siemens portfolio in the process industry sector and will also further strengthen Siemens' position as a provider in plant management over the entire lifecycle.

The technology is widely used in the chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage industries to accelerate innovation, improve process design and operation, streamline R&D and manage technology risk.

Siemens has already been working with PSE successfully since June 2018 within a strategic partnership.  As part of this initiative, new model-based solutions have been developed: for plant performance monitoring and forecasting, soft sensing, real-time optimization, nonlinear model-predictive control and operator training based on detailed process models.  These solutions are based on the combination of process models, which contain in-depth process knowledge, with real-time and historical process data.  This provides the plant operator with efficiency and effectiveness gains by improve process control and maintenance planning, e.g. by predicting catalyst lifespans or coke build-up in furnaces.

Siemens plans to purchase 100 percent of the share capital of PSE and to integrate its business into the Business Unit Process Automation, which is part of Siemens Digital Industries.  The London-based company employs about 160 people worldwide.  Closing of the transaction is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.  Both companies have agreed not to comment on the financial details of the transaction.

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