Highlights from Honeywell’s recent Americas users conference
At HUG 2013, Honeywell announced several new services and technologies to help plant workers redefine how they maintain system uptime and reliability, while providing safer operations.
Honeywell Process Solutions held their annual users group symposium for their American customers in Phoenix from 16-21 June. The event was significant for a number of reasons. Not only was it the 38th consecutive annual event but a number of new offerings were unveiled to the record audience of over 1,200 delegates.
Several new technologies that will transform control rooms of the future were announced including:-
Cyber Security Dashboard - In industrial environments that are increasingly comprised of open systems, the Cyber Security Dashboard helps simplify the task of keeping automation systems up-to-date with cyber security requirements. The dashboard consolidates all data onto a single view for better visibility, and it allows users to easily drill down and access more-detailed content such as graphics, trends, documents and applications. Its advanced analytics allow the creation of customized alerts that advise personnel to take actions such as updating anti-virus protection, managing patches, and other ongoing cyber and network security-related tasks. Honeywell is previewing the Cyber Security Dashboard with customers in Phoenix and expects to roll out the tool globally in early 2014.
Experion Collaboration Station - Experion Collaboration Station enables faster responses to both routine and emergency situations by displaying a common view of how distributed assets at multiple locations are functioning. This allows plants to rapidly establish communication among centralized operations, field operations and operational specialists in separate locations. This tool is especially well-suited for production sites with distributed assets such as offshore oil and gas operations, pipelines, and large refineries with centralized control rooms.
OneWireless Network R220 - OneWireless Network is a universal wireless network that can simultaneously accommodate thousands of field devices to form everything from a simple field instrument network, to a completely integrated plant-wide, multi-application network. The new OneWireless Network Software R220 introduces a new interface for the Honeywell Enraf SmartRadar Flexline, which enables the device to communicate with the Honeywell Enraf Entis Pro tank gauging system, as well as the Experion Process Knowledge System platform. This allows storage terminal operators to cost-effectively improve their operations with reliable inventory data available in the control room. Operators can also generate recurring yearly productivity gains of 10 percent or more through loss-control and storage-capacity optimization, and improve workforce efficiency with smart mobile applications. Other enhancements include a redundancy feature that allows facilities to reliably use wireless for applications that require measures to prevent single points from causing a system-wide failure. .
Premium Platform for Experion Virtualization Solutions - Leveraging blade server technology, Honeywell's new solution is customized to the specific control applications needed by the customer, making it a turnkey virtualization solution. Premium Platform reduces setup time by up to 90 percent, generates up to 40 percent more energy savings and has 22 percent greater density than alternative virtualized server platforms. In addition, the platform has a longer lifecycle, reduced facility footprint and remote management capabilities in a package that is pre-configured, saving time to deploy.
In addition, Honeywell announced a number of innovative service offerings to maintain system uptime and reliability, while providing safer operations.
Assurance 360 Services - A multi-year service partnership offering that supports manufacturers in all industries, Assurance 360 Services allow plant personnel to focus on operations while Honeywell performance experts focus on maintaining, supporting and optimizing system performance to help the plant meet its goals. The offering provides remote monitoring, change management, risk mitigation, technology upgrade and new installation support, and performance-based metrics and reporting. Assurance 360 offers two service levels: Performa provides Honeywell support personnel to act in advisory roles across all areas covered by the program; Optima engages Honeywell personnel to both advise and directly handle tasks such as implementing change management, tracking and improving metrics, and scheduling and implementing new technology upgrades and installations. Honeywell developed the Assurance 360 Services program in direct response to customer feedback about an increasing number of compliance requirements and open system complexities that are changing the way they must manage assets.
Operations Excellence - Honeywell's expanded portfolio of solutions designed to improve operational excellence includes three new software offerings. First, the Intuition® Operations Monitoring software, built on Honeywell's Intuition platform, is used to help operators keep the process within the best operating zone. Secondly, the new Control Performance Monitoring software helps engineers to monitor, identify, diagnose and remedy process control asset issues across all plant layers. Lastly, Honeywell's latest Alarm Management software helps operators better manage their processes without compromising safe operations.
Benefits Guardianship Program Plus (BGP Plus) - Honeywell has extended its Benefits Guardianship Program, a premium service that delivers expertise beyond traditional product support, providing priority phone access to experienced and qualified specialists, to quickly resolve performance problems, and to deliver the latest software to improve functionality and to safeguard investments. The new BGP Plus service provides reactive and proactive engineering led services to increase uptime of the software, to provide early detection of performance drift and to recommend resolutions to sustain performance.
"The common thread among these services and solutions is that they will help shape the plant workforce of the future," said Darius Adamczyk, President and CEO, Honeywell Process Solutions. "Manufacturers are being challenged to continuously improve operations, respond to ever-changing business conditions, and reduce overall costs. Services like Assurance 360 and Benefits Guardianship directly address those market challenges by making Honeywell technology experts extensions of a plant's staff, while our Operations Excellence software offerings give operators and engineers better tools to serve as their companies' most-important business assets."
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