In 2010, Honeywell will be transitioning to SQL server and will have new configuration tools, support for 64-bit servers and high-availability clustering.
The foundation on which we’ve based this business, Urso declared, is continuous evolution. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the TDC 3000, and all the way from PM I/O to C300, there is support, Urso said. “We have a history of capturing new operational benefits while preserving intellectual property all the way to the Experion operator station for TDC. “We will continue to support US and GUS graphics—GUS graphics have no EOL [end-of-life] either.”
“Frankly,” Urso said, “Honeywell has the lowest total cost of ownership for continuous evolution for any DCS. We have 30-plus years of life-cycle preservation. We can preserve your intellectual property, your control strategies and graphics. Where are the other guys?”
Urso then turned to field solutions. “We continue to expand our instrumentation portfolio. We have expanded our private-label arrangement with Krohne to include radar level instruments. We acquired Enraf level instruments and provers. But Enraf also brought us terminal automation systems, blending systems, additive systems and the ability to work in that environment.”
In the demo room, Urso said, Honeywell is showing a new prototype of an Enraf radar transmitter using the OneWireless ISA100.11a network.
Operational efficiency was the next topic on Urso’s technology roadmap tour. For operational efficiency, Honeywell’s answer is UniSim. The integrated UniSim life cycle allows Honeywell customers to improve plant design and reduce change orders; conduct operator training; test and validate control strategies; validate HMI graphics and procedures; and bring advanced process control applications online faster with fewer commissioning problems and less step-testing.
UniSim new product introductions include Operations R320, which allows deployment of training over the corporate intranet, R310 integration and the integration of the UOP Master Models. Also included is Design 380, including vertical market support, with improved performance diagnostics and revision control.
In the most significant UniSim announcement, Urso revealed that the complete library of UOP Master Models was available to UniSim.
Turning to operator effectiveness, Urso urged the deployment of the single Experion HMI console as a foundation to allow common work practices running over multiple generations of DCS, safety and security systems, all the way to the enterprise. He urged migration to ASM graphics and operator training, with better alarm management using this Experion common interface. This, he said, has been shown to lead to 35% to 48% faster response time in critical situations.
Profit Suite R400
Urso then moved further up the value chain to the business systems. The next release of Profit Suite R400 (scheduled for late 2009 or early 2010) will have step-out, nonlinear control, UOP co-design, enhanced engineering visualization and improved monitoring and diagnostics.
On the pulp-and-paper solutions front, he announced the availability of three new sensors available in the fourth quarter of 2008: an extensional stiffness sensor, a fiber orientation sensor that controls fiber angle and sheet squareness, and a full spectrum IR sensor for thickness of multilayer plastics. Integrating the supply chain for pulp and paper, Urso noted that Experion QCS integration, including common interface and database, is scheduled for the 2009-2010 timeframe.
Moving over to maintenance effectiveness, Urso announced that Honeywell’s intention is to improve operations with better control and better operating limit management. “Operating out of range is a leading cause of poor asset performance,” he declared. Honeywell assists its customers to move to proactive maintenance by incorporating smart device management, equipment health monitoring, system health monitoring and collaboration using automated procedures and IntelaTrak PKS.
He shared Honeywell’s vision of a Maintenance Effectiveness Console, based on Honeywell’s Field Device Manager. In the next release, HART performance improvements and incorporation of multiplexed Profibus sensors will be seen, while in the further releases, R400 and R410, scheduled for next year and following, customers will see plant-wide scaleability and Foundation fieldbus diagnostics.
“What we’ve built is a single console for all maintenance needs, just like our Experion console is a single HMI for all control needs,” Urso said.
Finally turning to business excellence, Urso talked about Honeywell’s MES vision. “We are unlocking the business value in your company,” he said. Using a common MES platform, but with software optimized for industry verticals, such as BusinessFLEX, Optivision and POMS, Honeywell provides a common set of components for performance management, planning and scheduling, production management and value chain management. “Our vision is to improve visibility of information, adapt to changing business conditions, employ standards-based tools and lower your total cost of ownership.”