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Honeywell to develop 3-D simulation solution

September 29, 2011 - Honeywell will develop a 3-D simulation solution to improve operator training and plant safety.

Virthualis’ 3-D visualization technology, called MindSafe, will be linked to Honeywell’s existing UniSim simulation tool, providing a holistic virtual environment that can be used to efficiently design, analyze, and verify plant operations, as well as to prepare operations teams for safe, reliable and efficient operations.

The skills shortage in the process industries creates an acute need for professionals who can ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations in a process environment. This offering is well-timed to address the need.

“We see many of our clients struggling to recruit operations staff with the right mix of skills, so we are pleased to be in a position to deliver a strong engineering and training solution that can bridge the competency gap,” said Elgonda La Grange, global consulting services director, Honeywell Process Solutions. “The fusion of Honeywell and Virthualis technologies enhances our existing simulation business with additional expertise and a 3-D learning environment to quickly evaluate and train operators to respond to critical plant conditions.”

“Honeywell is the ideal partner because our offerings are complementary, and we share the same passion for process safety, reliability and efficiency,” said Simone Colombo, president, Virthualis. “Together we are delivering a solution that can support the lifecycle of a plant, from design through to decommissioning, by empowering engineers to design and implement, and operators to learn and test their skills to control the process safely, prevent accidents and manage emergencies in a realistic environment.”

Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.

About Virthualis
Virthualis is and engineering and research company focused on providing solutions for improving decision-making and safety in the process industry. Virthualis is the materialization of the innovation produced by the largest European project on industrial safety in its 5years of research. Virthualis’ MindSafe solution is an integrated, fully immersive 3D engineering environment giving users the possibility to experience, as they would be in reality, nominal and critical plant conditions, thus enabling them to learn quickly how to make the right decisions to control safety, prevent accidents, manage emergencies, and improve maintenance. MindSafe enables plant and corporate managers to ground their decisions on realistic experiments and objective data, thus helping them to better manage changes and increase operation readiness. MindSafe can be conveniently used to collaborate with authorities and insurances. Virthualis is a pioneer in fusing cognitive, safety, process and information technology engineering. Virthualis is based in Milan, Italy.
 

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