Jun 15, 2009
Terminal ManagerHoneywell is releasing Terminal Manager, a distribution-automation system designed so process manufacturers can safely and efficiently load and unload trucks, rail cars and ships in bulk-liquid terminals. The system links terminal operations into Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). Terminal Manager integrates with subsystems such as safety and security solutions, advanced control applications such as blending and movement, and most standard equipment found at terminals including weigh scales, flow computers, tank gauges, and automated valves. This integrated approach allows manufacturers to limit risks involved with filling large tanks with volatile products and to keep constant tabs on all products that come into and leave their terminals. Terminal Manager provides a secure database for information, including the custody-transfer transaction data from instrumentation, which provides legal-transfer points for billing and tax purposes; vehicle/driver data on each vehicle that enters the terminal to match orders to the right vehicles; and inventory management data that interfaces to pipeline and tank monitoring systems, providing detailed balance reports. The database houses order and shipment data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which helps support the invoicing and payment of products before vehicles leave the terminal. The system also provides a secure audit trail that captures the minute-by-minute history of each event and activity in the terminal. This allows the refinery to detect even the smallest product losses caused by incidents such as theft.
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