New Release of Aspen Plus® Software Delivers an Innovative New Interface and Opens Process Simulation to a Wider Range of New Users

March 6, 2012

Enhanced User Experience of Chemical Industry’s Leading Simulator Improves Engineering Productivity, Makes it Easier to Use Other aspenONE® Engineering Products
Burlington, MA -

 Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced a new release of Aspen Plus® software that significantly improves the user experience for the leading process simulator in the chemicals industry.  The completely redesigned user interface and workflow improves engineering productivity and enables the use of process simulation to a wider range of new users.  It is the latest example of AspenTech delivering on its strategy to offer common user interface standards across all aspenONE® products.

The new Aspen Plus provides an enhanced user experience with a fully integrated simulation environment to easily and quickly access other aspenONE Engineering products that are now used as a standard across the process engineering lifecycle.  This enables easy and intuitive access to the most comprehensive physical properties database, the industry-leading capital cost estimating product, and the most complete heat exchanger thermal and mechanical design products.

This saves time, capital, and energy costs for project design, revamps, and plant operations. It also makes it easier for new and existing users to collaborate and optimize their process designs by sharing the same data and models and working within the same environment.

In addition, engineers can access Aspen Online Training from the ribbon bar – making it easier for new and occasional users to improve their skills and retain knowledge.  Process engineers can also jump start projects and optimize operations by efficiently finding and accessing models and data through the Aspen Search tool.

The new release of Aspen Plus is available immediately.  For more information, visit

Supporting Quotes  

Ingrid Lunt-Rieg, Head of Process Simulation & CFD, Evonik Industries AG  

"The new version of Aspen Plus makes it easier for new and occasional users to navigate through the software. The ribbon design is very logical and intuitive. The streamlined design will help all engineers save time building and running simulation models. The new Aspen Plus will help the Evonik engineers get up to speed quickly and efficiently.”  

Dr. Axel Polt, Vice President Conceptual Process Engineering, BASF SE

“Aspen Plus provides easy access to superior physical properties. The availability of experimental physical property data inside Aspen Plus and its parameter regression tools is highly valuable to us. It speeds up considerably the process of gathering and fitting data. Compared to traditional ways we can save significant time and effort using Aspen Plus. Hence, Aspen Plus substantially supports us in focusing more strongly on our core tasks: the conceptual design of BASF’s production clusters.”  

Elliott Robertson, Associate Chemical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell  

“The new Aspen Plus is a dramatic advance in simulation technology and user experience.  Its intuitive interface makes Aspen Plus faster to learn and easier to use for both new and experienced users, with engineering workflow tasks conveniently organized to quickly achieve design objectives.”  

Maria Rodriguez, Technical Manager, Process Engineering, Pequiven S.A.  

“Aspen Plus is the mission-critical simulator at Pequiven.  It is used to optimize olefin plant operations and perform engineering design studies and revamps.  The application of Aspen Plus has helped us achieve millions of dollars of benefits through increased production, improved product recovery, reduced energy consumption and maintenance.  Aspen Plus provides accurate and fast simulations through innovations in physical properties and models such as rate-based distillation, which enable us to make better engineering decision quickly and with confidence.”  

Godwin Tongo, Process Modeling & Simulation Advisor, BP Chemicals  

“The new version of Aspen Plus has provided us with a big leap in flexibility and ease of use.  The new properties environment allows our experts to customize physical properties for use by our simulation users.  Additionally, the equation-oriented (EO) ribbon places EO commands conveniently at the fingertips of our engineers for fast modeling of complex processes.  Overall, this new version of Aspen Plus offers many new features to enhance and optimize our engineering productivity.”  

Manolis Kotzabasakis, Executive Vice President, Products, AspenTech  

“The latest enhancements to Aspen Plus reinforce its status as the gold-standard in process simulation software.  In the wake of a changing global workforce, owner operators and engineering companies rely on software that supports a wide range of skill sets to increase their productivity and expand their utilization capacity.  The innovations in this latest release of Aspen Plus software make it easier for new and experienced engineers to optimize plant designs and plant operations for greater profitability and operational savings.”  

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About AspenTech  

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – for energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering and construction, and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process.  With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations.  As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient.  To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit