Honeywell enhances Operator Training Simulation Software

  • October 27, 2010
  • Honeywell Process Solutions

October 27, 2009 – Honeywell announced enhancements to its suite of training software used to help operators at industrial facilities run their plants more safely and efficiently. UniSim R400 includes new tools that allow industrial process manufacturers to more easily certify their operators on processes used in their facilities. It also features new virtualized capabilities that allow operators to train from any location, and so reduce the overall cost of training.To certify their operators, most companies typically create training courses and host them from their learning management systems (LMS), which outline curriculum and determine when trainees meet certification criteria. UniSim now provides a direct link to any LMS, allowing companies to more easily offer hands-on learning exercises. This type of training helps plants convey within weeks operating knowledge that normally come from many years of actual experience. Research shows interactive simulation tools can lead to a 75% knowledge retention rate, versus a 5% retention rate for lecture-based classes.One operating company, for instance, estimates UniSim saved it more than $40 million by helping operators to avoid unplanned incidents through improved skills.In addition to the new self-certification tools, UniSim’s virtual hosting capabilities allow plants to easily deploy courses on any work station. This helps operators to train via direct internet link to their LMS even when they are outside their traditional training facilities. Simplifying and increasing the exposure to a broader student population significantly drives down the cost of training per student.“Providing training tools to operators is only one part of the equation,” said Paul Brice, Advanced Solutions director for Honeywell Process Solutions. “To make the most of safe and efficient operations, manufacturers need to make sure that any training offered is truly being effective and improving operator skills. That means that they must make sure all operators are meeting stringent standards and the new tools provided by UniSim will help them take a big step in that direction.”“Today’s operators face more pressure than ever and can’t afford to learn from mistakes while on the job,” Brice said. “UniSim is a proven tool for helping operators become more effective in handling difficult situations when running their plants. These new enhancements and features make it easier than ever to take advantage of those benefits.”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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