Control technology specialist Honeywell International introduced what it characterized as the first “vendor-neutral process control” suite, allowing plant operators to “break out of the information silos” and monitor and control process control systems within their shops or plants, from a central platform.
Suitable for all industrial applications, the new Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) suite will change performance monitoring thanks its ability to span multiple Advanced Process Control (APC) technologies, as well as multiple processing facilities, and deliver consistent performance benchmarking across the enterprise. As a result, it guarantees that proper corrective action is taken when and where necessary.
Honeywell pointed to its own research showing the HPS suite will increase operations’ service factor and application utilization by 25%, while reducing troubleshooting time by up to 50%, so that proactive maintenance practices will improve utilization and increase application service factors.
The suite includes three software products:
• Honeywell Loop Scout, which gives control engineers the ability to identify and correct poorly performing control loops;
• Honeywell Profit® Expert, which delivers a multivariable controller monitoring for Honeywell’s Profit Controller; and,
• Control Performance Monitor, an application that monitors, identifies, diagnoses and remedies regulatory and APC asset issues throughout the plant.
“This new software suite is a first in the process control industry, which means that our customers will have unprecedented flexibility in the management of their assets and the most holistic view yet of their plant operations,” stated HPS senior product marketing manager Donald Morrison. “The recent addition of Matrikon to the Honeywell portfolio brings together the vendor independence of Matrikon’s monitoring technology with Honeywell’s expertise in the deployment of Profit Suite applications.”