What do you like best?
I really like the interface for Plus and HYSYS. But you have to know basic chemical engineering knowledge to use it especially for Energy Analyzer. Tutorials from LearnChemE on Youtube would be helpful for a rookie to get familiarized with these softwares. HYSYS is useful and very detail for oil and gas sector while Plus can be used for simple chemical or biological process.
What do you dislike?
A minor thing like convergence of the process; needs more elaborations of errors. Requires a slightly high end computer specs to run it smoothly since it's a sophisticated software. License issues can be a problem too, whenever every user in the company is using it, hope it can be resolved by simple update so that administrators can take actions.
Recommendations to others considering the product
AspenTech could create a software for batch processes that includes biological unit equipment to be more competitive and channel users from other industrial backgrounds (biology, material science etc) than SuperPro and PROII, since they (referring to SuperPro) are really outdated and not user-friendly. Additionally, the cost for AspenOne can be reduced for students to own the software? But I know it's a industrial software but limited functions can imposed just to give student a glimpse on working on real process simulations tool.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I have worked on two mega projects, they are very useful for our processes to be economically feasible and realistic. They really helped in calculating very tough chemical engineering computations and easy to use!