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Honeywell to automate two Norwegian pulp & paper mills

September 30, 2009 - Honeywell will upgrade the production systems of two mills in Southern Norway: Hellefoss AS, a paper mill in Hokksund; and Vafos AS, a pulp mill in Kragerø. Honeywell will provide new process automation technology and services designed to boost safety, reliability and efficiency at both sites.

At Vafos, which turns out wood pulp that is used to create fibre boards, Honeywell will implement its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) and PMD Controllers. The Experion system is the first distributed control system to be installed at Vafos and will interface with the mill’s existing instrumentation and programmable logic controllers, enabling unprecedented control of the production process and improved decision making in the control room. Honeywell will also deliver a range of services including consultancy, installation, start-up and system training.

At the Hellefoss mill, which produces 50,000 tons of printing paper per year, Honeywell will install an Experion system. In the first phase of the project, Experion will be used to connect the mill’s panel-operated motors via Profibus to the existing Honeywell Alcont process control system. In the second phase the Alcont-based DCS configuration will be migrated to Experion. Honeywell will also provide consulting, installation and start-up services at Hellefoss.

“Honeywell was able to address the business challenges we had at both mills – namely, introducing process automation at Vafos and bringing our capabilities at Hellefoss up to date,” said Hakan Elfving, a project manager at Hellefoss who also has responsibility for the Vafos project. “Our decision to go with Honeywell was based on our experience with the company’s technology at Hellefoss and the reputation of the Experion system.”

“The changes we are making to the production systems of both sites better enable the operators to deliver higher quality paper and wood products to market and strengthen their competitive positions,” said Geir Myhre, general manager, Honeywell Process Solutions Norway. “These projects also enable the facilities to improve safety and efficiency and lower operating costs.”

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.

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