Neste Engineering Solutions and Curious AI take AI-powered NAPCON Advisor into production

Neste Corporation, News, 22 November 2019

NAPCON and Curious AI have started piloting the AI-powered NAPCON Advisor, an application that assists industrial process operators in their daily work. Tests with the NAPCON Simulator and real process plant data have demonstrated accurate long-term process outcomes as well as generation of optimal control action suggestions. The technology now enters pilot testing and will become commercially available next year.

Global competition and digitalization drive the accelerating change in the operating environments of various industries. Staying up to speed requires improving training, situational awareness and decision-making abilities of operators working at process industry plants. Digital operator assistant is one promising solution that supports the operators’ daily decision making. NAPCON and Curious AI have partnered to commercialize such a digital assistant by combining NAPCON’s deep process expertise and Curious AI’s novel machine learning techniques in the process prediction and automatic optimal action sequence generation.

The tests now have shown that the system can accurately predict complex, non-linear real-life processes. In the tests, the actions were deemed safe and efficient. What is more, plant profit for the duration of mode change was higher under the AI suggested actions than with an unaided, experienced human operator.

“We are excited to see our solution as a part of a high-end modeling product shipping soon. Modeling and, especially, planning actions for a complex, real-life production process is a challenging task for AI, even today. Curious AI has developed an efficient and robust approach to solving these problems, an approach we call ‘system 2 AI’. Our cooperation with the NAPCON team has now demonstrated that real-world processes can, in fact, be handled with machine learning.” says Harri Valpola, CEO at, Curious AI.

“NAPCON has a long track record of supporting the optimal operation of industrial processes. Our portfolio covers everything from advanced process control to real-time data analytics and high-fidelity operator training systems. The new NAPCON Advisor is a big step forwards in supporting process operators in running the processes safely and economically. With the help of Curious AI’s technology, we have created an amazing digital advisor uniquely suited for the needs of the process industry and we are looking forward to bringing it into the market next year.”, says Jyri Lindholm, Head of Product Management, NAPCON, Neste Engineering Solutions.

For more information read the whitepaper.

Further information:

Andreas Frejborg, Head of Customer Relations, NAPCON, andreas.frejborg@neste.com, tel. +358504586712.

Kalle Raita, VP Sales, Curious AI, kalle.raita@cai.fi, tel. +358401612085.