Intratec has provided leading global process industries with consulting services for more than 12 years - our consulting capabilities span a range of services that truly support our clients' decision-making.
Within the process industry arena, a successful capital project may create competitive advantage, but its success depends on the accuracy of assumptions made. Key decisions involving complex and interconnected issues like technology selection, strategic location, choice of feedstock and supply logistics may largely influence the viability of a particular project. In this context, faulty assumptions and overoptimistic expectations often undermine profitability targets.
That's why the conceptual design and feasibility studies Intratec provides decision-makers with are imperative tools in today's demanding market. Working in true partnership with its clients, Intratec's unique methodology enables a holistic and coherent project development approach, which carries a clear understanding of the cost/benefit implications arising from each assumption and decision.
Evaluation of economic potential is the quantitative estimate of expected venture profitability, often in comparison with other choices, and accounting for capital expenses, market scenarios, risks, and other factors that impact in a task to find the best possible business potential.
Intratec can help industrial companies invest money in effective and advantageous ways. Our services range from critical assessment of the economic potential of a specific idea or research finding to sensitivity analysis for complex business cases. We provide the tools you need to quantify the viability of your plans and their importance for your company as a basis for reliable and focused decisions.
Evaluating the economic potential of a project usually comprises the following steps:
In today's budget-conscious world, where the effective and efficient use of capital is often a major profit driver, justifying costs is imperative. From start to finish, numbers and factors driving costs must be well distinguished, and decision-makers must be confident about them.
Intratec looks beyond costs and instead focuses first on increasing the income-generating potential of our clients' employed capital and then on developing reliable cost models. We concentrate on optimizing the project concept, identifying new and non-obvious revenue streams to maximize the Internal Rate-of-Return (IRR) and Net Present Value (NPV) of our clients' investment.
Our services are modular: they can be applied as single modules or as a part of a larger program. Our services include:
Since our inception in 2002, Intratec has constantly enhanced its approach to helping clients to improve their facilities. We constantly evolve our industrial skills, concepts and solutions to allow clients to take full advantage of this key enabler of efficiency and innovation. We work to stay on the leading edge of processes and practices, drawing on our work across industries and our deep process knowledge to drive on-going improvement.
Typical Process Consulting Services are:
Competitive advantage has a great deal to do with leveraging the knowledge assets of the company, while at the same time determining how competitors are likely to leverage theirs – driving innovation while anticipating competitors’ actions is the key to maintaining a competitive strategy.
Over time, Intratec has developed an impressive expertise that is essential in helping industrial companies stay ahead of competitors. We use a structured approach to effectively and efficiently collect, assess and act on the intelligence required to make sound investment decisions.
In this competitive world it is expected that managers operate process industries without interruptions, shutdowns, utility outages, and environmental problems.
In facility management all this can only be accomplished with optimization knowledge and better maintenance efforts. However, even with those efforts, industrial problems arise and these must be resolved as swiftly as possible to ensure the minimal disruption in service. Intratec understands this and works quickly and intelligently to solve any problems that may afflict our clients. Our troubleshooting experience includes the following equipment and/or systems:
Intratec consultants look at your current process control system to analyze and identify business opportunities that will help you improve your bottom line.
We have the expertise to design an automation vision and solution that will quantify specific process and business benefits and demonstrate a financial return-on-investment for your project.
We deliver a preliminary plan, including scope of work detailing the control philosophy and functional specifications.
Today's industrial plants face an abundance of challenges to operational excellence. Severe losses involving start-up delays, production outages, equipment damage, and even catastrophic failures, can be caused by uncontrolled upsets.
With this backdrop, process modelling / simulations are increasingly recognized as mandatory steps in the development, design and implementation of new processes.
Our services include:
Energy offers the greatest potential for immediate savings in processing industries. In general, the energy expenses associated with an industry process are second only to the expenses associated with raw material.
Using process energy optimization and utility system modelling techniques as a basis, Intratec adopts a systematic approach to identify all opportunities for energy savings. These opportunities are then compared using the 'birds-eye-view' of the site to select the optimum combination of projects. Typical Energy Services include:
Currently, the investor's tendency to seek socially responsible and sustainable companies in which to invest is being consolidated. These investments, called Socially Responsible Investments, are based on the belief that sustainable companies are profitable to the stockholders on a long term basis because they are better prepared to face economic, social and environmental risks.
To help clients overcome such Environmental Challenges as reducing emissions, enhancing compliance with government regulations, reducing liabilities, and rationalizing compliance expenditures, Intratec offers Environmental Consulting Services. By providing an integrated scientific and engineering offering, we are able to adapt to clients' needs.
We support sustainability initiatives with a range of tools to assess carbon baseline profiles, track energy and carbon usage and key performance indicators, formulate GHG reduction goals, and apply cost-effective recommendations for GHG reductions.
The efficient use of water is an ever-increasing priority for most industries. While processes are becoming more intensive, water is becoming more expensive and scarce, causing production bottlenecks. Effluent standards are harder to meet. All of these pressures are bound to increase, and Intratec's water management services are equipped to help.
While traditional approaches focus on start-of-pipe (water in-take) or end-of-the-pipe (effluent treatment) solutions, we start by establishing how much water your company is currently using and for what purpose. Often, this reveals a lack of sufficient reliable water metering. Constructing a representative water balance helps with understanding the issues involved.
Our approach can aid the development of efficient process water networks and effluent treatment strategies.
As optimization and advanced control are increasingly used by process industries, the demand for highly skilled operators has never been greater. However experienced operators are retiring. On one hand, there’s the growing pressure to optimize performance and cut costs while, on the other hand, the lack of critical thinking skills among new operators is increasing as well.
Human errors, particularly due to erosion of expertise, have causedsevere production losses. Over the past 30 years in the United Statesalone, 1 to 3 billion US$ have been lost every 5 years due to human-causedaccidents.
The Operator Training Simulators (OTS) provide accurate and realistic dynamic simulations that allow operating staff to stretch the limits of a unit’s capability, identifying operational and physical constraints in a safe, virtual environment. In addition, OTS mirrors the look and feel of a plant, captures operator best practices, and enables operators to exercise them, acting as a repository of plant know-how. Below, the main benefits delivered by Intratec's OTS are summarized:
Assessment on choosing best technology and most appropriate biomass by merging both logistic and technical issues.
High-fidelity simulation for reliable, safe and cost-effective training of industrial personnel.
Debottlenecking of solvent purification and drying systems reduced energy consumption of a Rubber Manufacturer.
An innovative solution based on a new cooling system design that improved throughput of a polymerization plant.
Pumping system improvements increased the throughput of a PVC facility by 2%.
Efficient control philosophy improves product quality of one of the world’s top 10 rubber manufacturing company.
Intratec Solutions, LLC
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The Woodlands, Houston
TX 77380 USA
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