It was identified by operational and process personnel that a newly installed continuous aluminium billet homogenising oven could be improved in terms of its ease of operation and throughput. Initial attempts to arrive at a new operating strategy involved work sessions based on simple models of the process. Due to the interactive nature of the process, these attempts were not successful in formulating a solution. It was therefore decided to build a realistic dynamic simulator of the process for the purposes of improving understanding, and developing a new operating strategy.
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