chemicals Evolution of a digital twin with an ethylene plant as an example

| January 17, 2020

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A digital twin of a process plant as an integrated concept covers three core points: The digital twin of the product, the digital twin of the production plant and the digital modeling of the performance of the product and production. The functional scope of a digital twin essentially depends on its purpose. In the process industry, this can be everything from the safety analysis, product simulation or the optimization of the production process, right up to economic benefit formulation.

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Haas Group International (“Haas Group”) is a provider of chemical supply chain management services to the commercial aerospace, airline, military, automotive, energy, pharmaceutical, electronics and other markets. Haas Group was acquired by Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. (”Wesco Aircraft”) on February 28, 2014. As a result of the acquisition, Haas Group became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wesco Aircraft (NYSE:WAIR). For additional information about Wesco Aircraft, see www.wescoair.com.

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Haas Group International (“Haas Group”) is a provider of chemical supply chain management services to the commercial aerospace, airline, military, automotive, energy, pharmaceutical, electronics and other markets. Haas Group was acquired by Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. (”Wesco Aircraft”) on February 28, 2014. As a result of the acquisition, Haas Group became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wesco Aircraft (NYSE:WAIR). For additional information about Wesco Aircraft, see www.wescoair.com.

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