Safety, Reliability, Efficiency Anchor Honeywell Vision

Honeywell Talks About Its Ongoing Commitment to Life-Cycle Preservation and Low Total Cost of Ownership at the User Conference 2008

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Jason Urso, Honeywell Process Solutions vice president for technology, displayed an entirely new alter ego, Super Urso—complete with cape and x-ray vision goggles—as he guided the Honeywell User Group 2008 crowd through a swooping and soaring vision of the technology roadmap Honeywell is following.

“The three pillars of the Honeywell vision are safety, reliability and efficiency. These are the pillars of operational excellence,” Urso said. “And the first of these is process safety.”

“We have a history of capturing new operational benefits while preserving intellectual property.” Honeywell’s ongoing commitment to life-cycle preservation and low total cost of ownership were highlights of Jason Urso’s wide-ranging tour of the company’s technology roadmap.
Honeywell uses the “layers of protection” approach to process safety, Urso said, showing a peeled onion that starts with maintaining stable control, reducing unexpected equipment failure, reducing human error and improving emergency response.

The next pillar is reliability, and Urso showed a feedback loop: “Design the process right, improve life-cycle maintenance, improve operational efficiency, design the process right…”

The last of these three pillars, Urso explained, is efficiency. To Honeywell, this means supply chain optimization, improving process efficiency, improving people efficiency and best practices. But how to do this? Honeywell’s answer is “I-MAC” or “integrated Main Automation Contractor.” By acting as the I-MAC, Honeywell believes it can deliver operational and business readiness on day one in three dimensions. The PKS process knowledge system provides a best-in-class platform, while Honeywell’s 8,000 people in over 90 countries provide the significant global people presence necessary. And Honeywell’s abilities in work process allow it to capture and re-use best practices.

The Grand Tour

From there, Super Urso leapt into the grand tour. Experion PKS, he said, “provides best-in-class platforms and applications with operations integration to optimize your business, not just your process.”

Experion PKS is the most modern DCS and is designed for continuous evolution, he said. It is designed to integrate all modern field networks including Foundation fieldbus, HART, Modbus, Profibus, DeviceNet, ControlNet and Honeywell’s own DE protocol. “And, importantly, Experion was designed to be secure from the ground up,” Urso said.

So Urso introduced Experion R310, the latest release of Experion PKS. The latest goodies include complete integration of Safety Manager R131, communications directly to C300 over fault-tolerant Ethernet and overseen by a single HMI—yet without the common-cause failure mode common to most integrated safety systems.

“R310 Batch Manager is a new era in tight integration of batch control in the control system. Batch Manager now runs in the C300 controller directly. This allows a faster batch with 80% reduction in phase translation time, higher reliability with a redundant controller and ease-of-use with common tools and HMI,” Urso said.

Then there’s the Peer Control Data Interface which allows a C300 to use Modbus to communicate with any Modbus TCP device over fault-tolerant Ethernet.

“R310 has more new capabilities,” Urso said, “like SimC300, which allows you to simulate your control strategies before you have your devices installed. Other new features include DISOE, permitting 1-millisecond sequence-of-events recording, alarm shelving and lower latency function blocks, and Wood Group-based turbine controls designed for the power industry.

“And then there’s wireless.” Specifically, Release R110 of OneWireless. “R110 is now standards-ready,” Urso said. “When SP100 is ratified, all we will need to do is to give you a software upgrade, and you will have ISA 100.11a-compliant wireless.”

The next release of Experion will be in 2010, and will include support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, as well as Batch Manager extensions and some other nifty features.

Safety Manager R131

The next new product Urso detailed was Safety Manager R131. This is the safety system that is integrated with the Experion HMI, using C300 communication and including an update to a higher performance processor. “The most important update,” Urso said, “is the SIS tools and the PVST partial-stroke valve testing tools—and the certified experts to help you increase your layers of safety protection.”

Honeywell Process Solutions is partnering with Honeywell Life Safety to offer integrated fire-and-gas detection, a unique feature to Experion PKS. Honeywell Life Safety provides a full portfolio of sensors for flame and smoke, toxic gas, camera systems, sounders and beacons, all functioning through a single Experion human interface. In yet another layer of protection, Honeywell is partnering with other divisions to provide video surveillance, radar surveillance, access control and intrusion detection, all through a single common user interface, the Experion HMI.

The current release of Safety Manager supports HART and SafeNet SIL4. In future releases, remote I/O will be added, as will Foundation fieldbus SIS.


Moving higher in the supply chain, Urso turned to PHD, Honeywell’s process historian. “We’re introducing Uniformance Process Studio,” he announced, “with an entirely new engineering environment for the enterprise PHD historian. It is brand new, completely refreshed, web-based, with a drag-and-drop environment, and permits re-use of Experion graphics to run histories.”

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