Because of the demand for increasing plant and unit optimization, most large vendors of control systems have released asset management software that integrates with the control system software they sell. The integrated and interoperable diagnostics in every HART-enabled field device are critical to economical asset management. It simply isn't economically possible to send operators and technicians out with handheld devices to download diagnostics from devices—and make sure that the data is correct. With HART it is easy, and with WirelessHART it is easy to do for any installed HART-enabled field device, from pressure transmitters to valve actuators to process analyzers. The elimination of operators making rounds to record process measurements manually not only improves process operations, but also saves time and increases operator safety!
Eric Olson says, "So what are the benefits of plant asset management? Wil Chin, ARC research director, has reported typical results from oil and gas and the chemical industries. He says that in all areas, there are real tangible savings to using asset management, and it is clear that WirelessHART adapters can expand on this by increasing the number of devices available in an existing facility for monitoring purposes."
With this kind of savings potential, process industry companies are going to be focusing on the advantages that HART and WirelessHART are able to give them. Some vendors and knowledgeable end users estimate that as many as 30% of the existing installed wired HART devices will have WirelessHART adapters fairly quickly, while others will wait for shutdowns and turnarounds to install HART multiplexers. That 30% works out to approximately 10 million devices. WirelessHART has a huge potential for improving operational efficiency in process plants worldwide.
End Users Win
Because every process plant in the world has HART-enabled field devices, it makes sense to concentrate on leveraging the assets the plant already has. The interchangeability and interoperability of HART-enabled devices, whether wired or wireless, means that a decision on "what technology to use" becomes "how best do we use the technology that we already have?"
Integrating information from HART field devices into control, monitoring and asset management applications using wired HART, WirelessHART or a combination, is the most effective way to optimize and manage your measurement assets.
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Wireless HART Development Kit
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