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Honeywell Receives Control Systems Technology Award

PHOENIX, Dec. 19, 2002 -- The Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Industry Solutions business has received the Control Systems Technology Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to control-systems technology in design and implementation, was presented to Drs. Dimitry Gorinevsky and Greg Stewart, December 11, 2002, at the Institute’s Control Systems Society awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Honeywell received the award for technology in its IntelliMap software solution, an integral piece of the Process Knowledge Solution™ suite for the paper industry. IntelliMap improves paper quality and minimizes lost production due to paper breaks. The technology is currently operating on more than 350 paper machines. These solutions save customers roughly $24 million annually, and reduce the mills’ wood consumption by a quarter of a million trees per year.

IntelliMap solves a persistent problem in paper production. The
unpredictable shifts and shrinking of the paper web traveling through the paper machine make it extremely difficult to pin down the cross-web measurements and related controls on the exact location within a paper web.

As the total number of measurement points across the web may reach 2,000, along with as many as 300 actuators to perform control, it is a complex task to identify the process model – the interdependency between the paper web, measurements, and various actuators. IntelliMap approaches the large-scale process modeling and identification problem as a sequence of less complex cross-directional and time-dynamics problems.

Following the identification, successful control requires that over 35 tuning parameters of the structured cross-direction controller be set up correctly. Conventional multivariable algorithms for the tuning are computationally infeasible here. The conceptual innovation is in considering cross-direction control as a two-dimensional system with spatial (cross-direction) and dynamical (time) coordinates.

“We’re honored to have been recognized for our achievements by the
Society,” said Stewart, Senior Control Engineer for Honeywell Industry Solutions, “This award resulted in part from the outstanding cooperation between Honeywell and the University of British Columbia, which established a mutually beneficial relationship that helped further Honeywell’s commitment to institutes of higher learning.”

The tuning functionality in IntelliMap uses research in Stewart's PhD thesis for the University of British Columbia, co-supervised by
Gorinevsky, researcher at Honeywell Labs and University Professor Guy Dumont - himself a past recipient of the Control Systems Technology Award.

The collaborative research between Honeywell and the University was
recognized in November with the 2002 Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

In addition to the paper industry, Honeywell is currently applying the honored technology for control of large distributed systems to advanced developments in space systems and jet engines areas.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries and a leading authority in a broad range of technical areas. The Institute’s Control Systems Society presents the Control Systems Technology Award annually.

Honeywell Industry Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions to create efficient, safe, and comfortable environments, and help business and industry improve productivity and profitability. For more information about Industry Solutions, access Honeywell International is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; power-generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics; and electronic and advanced materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell employs more than 100,000 people in 95
countries. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HON, as well as on the London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Additional information on the company is available at

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts as further described in our filings under the Securities Exchange Act.

Process Knowledge Solution™ is a trademark of Honeywell International Inc.
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