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Sustain. Ability. defined as holistic approach

July 162012
Sustain. Ability. defined as holistic approach
…at 2012 Honeywell Users Group (HUG)
 
July 2012
 
By Bill Lydon, Editor
 
The 2012 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) conference held June, 2012 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona attracted 1,100 attendees, almost 50% were first time attendees and the User Group coined the phrase 'Sustain. Ability.' for the theme. 'Sustain. Ability.' was defined as including technology, performance, resources, market and regulatory demands; and described as a holistic approach to sustainability that includes best practices, design, build, operations, and management. Topics at this year’s HUG included sustainability, plant safety, reliability and efficiency. The event provided a large technical conference, developed with the guidance of the Honeywell Users Group Steering Committee. The HUG 2012 program consisted of five days of customer-driven sessions and presentations, as well as demonstrations of the latest Honeywell technologies designed for the process industries. Industry-specific tracks included oil & gas, refining, chemicals, mining and pulp & paper, and covered topics such as plant modernization, control system migration, oil & gas measurement and simulation.
 
Darius Adamczyk, the new President of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), five weeks on the job, noted the challenge is to maximize performance while operating in the safest mode possible for maximum efficiency.   He suggested that with fewer resources, users who partner with Honeywell have the advantage of the company’s innovations and services to do more with less. Adamczyk did commit to providing more solutions and services for the installed base of customers. It appears that his major focus is the expansion of Honeywell’s service business. The goals are to build collaborative relationships, deliver robust results, and help users do more with less. More details on this focus can be found in an Executive Interview with Adamczyk.
 
Major Highlights
 
Experion PKS Orion
The next-generation of Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) was introduced during the conference.   Experion PKS Orion introduced two major features. The first is Honeywell’s version of electronic marshaling - Universal Channel Technology that allows both standard and safety I/O points to be remotely configured. Universal Process I/O is based on the Honeywell Series C I/O form factor with 32 Universal Channels per module. Each channel is individually configurable with software for analog input, analog output, digital input, and/or digital output. Second, the unit also has support for HART 7. Honeywell is also the first automation provider to achieve ISASecure (ISA99) Level I certification.
 
Virtual Reality
Honeywell had demonstrations of a new 3D simulation system which combines virtualization technology with its UniSim Operations simulation tool.  This provides a virtual environment that plants can use to design, analyze, verify plant operations, and train personnel.
 
Safety
Enhancements in Safety Manager include even tighter integration with Experion PKS Orion, and a new Universal Safety Logic Solver which is able to execute the safety application independently in a remote module. Universal Safety Logic Solver enables safety applications to be distributed into the field, close to the process unit, and is able to execute the safety application locally in the event communications to the Safety Manager are interrupted.
 
Cyber Security
Honeywell announced Industrial IT Solutions, the company’s team of global experts dedicated to providing cyber-security services for industrial facilities that specializes in the design, performance assessment and protection of networks used in the process industry, including wireless instrument and SCADA platforms. A range of services are available including vendor-neutral technology and services to assess, remediate, maintain and manage plant automation network performance, vulnerabilities and cyber security measures. This is a broad scope of services which includes all automation and control systems owned by a customer, whether Honeywell or other supplier. At HUG, I discussed this topic with Rick Kaun, Honeywell Industrial IT Global Business Manager. It is clear that the issues and actions for companies to protect themselves from cyber-attacks require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. This is the reason Honeywell has incorporated this into the Industrial IT Solutions group to help minimize the cost and maximize the benefit. Kaun made an interesting observation that a big part of cyber safety needs to be corporate culture. He said, “I drive up to a facility, I see a sign on the front lawn that says this many days since an incident (plant safety).” “Why don’t we have that for cyber?”
 
Intuition Executive
The first phases of the new Honeywell Intuition Executive software were demonstrated for enterprise-wide information integration and real-time visualization, built around Matrikon and Microsoft software.
 
Wireless Services
Honeywell is providing services for wireless applications as a Wireless MAC (Main Automation Contractor) to help users create RF policy, install, and build reliable wireless networks. The need for this service is based on their experience where customers need to have a well-trained resource with the proper tools for deploying wireless in plants. While discussing wireless with Soroush Amidi, Product Marketing at Honeywell Process Solutions, he commented that users are looking for suppliers that provide turnkey solutions for all wireless applications. I asked Amidi about his opinion of what percentage of installed I/O points are wireless. He feels it is a very small number and noted that over 50% of wireless applications in plants are not instrumentation, but communications with mobile user devices, video, PLCs, SCADA, and backhaul. Honeywell is committed to ISA100 and also supports WirelessHART sensors at their routers, understanding that many users have both.
 
PLC vs. DCS
In a conversation with Jason Urso, Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell Process Solutions, I discussed competition from PLC vendors that are promoting a unified architecture for entire process plants - essentially declaring DCS to be obsolete.  Urso responded that in hard core process areas such as refineries, they do not see PLC companies. The clash is in the hybrid batch applications such as chemical and pharmaceuticals.  He commented the situation by saying, “PLC suppliers are trying to build DCS like technology into their offerings.” He noted that introductions by Honeywell improve the fit in these applications with integrated and distributed batch, universal I/O, and greater distributed control. “We are providing all the goodness of DCS while enabling you to have all the distribution of I/O in small counts giving you all the flexibility of having the I/O configurable, making it simpler,” said Urso. “The biggest criticism of DCS in the space was that DCS was too big, expensive, and complicated and that is exactly what we are addressing with the announcements made this morning.” Honeywell is also supporting open industrial networks typically available on PLCs including Modbus, Profibus, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, and PROFINET.
 
Thoughts & Observations
 
Honeywell is refining existing products and expanding their scope with new product and service offerings.
 
The wireless debate seems to be abating with a realization that users will likely have multiple wireless network standards in a plant which is analogous to the situation in industrial wired networks.
 
Honeywell is already expanding service offerings with Wireless MAC and Industrial IT Solutions. Darius Adamczyk is clearly focused on expanding services so I expect to see more offerings.
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