By Ron Helson, Executive Director, HART Communication Foundation
HART Communication is working 24/7, but if you aren't "getting connected" to continuously access the valuable information from your HART devices, then you are not taking full advantage of all your HART assets: moving from scheduled to predictive maintenance, optimizing your processes and avoiding unscheduled shutdowns. So what are you waiting for?
Get connected to maximize the benefits of your intelligent measurement and control assets. Having your plant control, safety and asset management systems communicate full-time with your wired and wireless HART devices unlocks all their real-time diagnostics and intelligence. Getting automation systems continuously connected to your HART devices is an important step to a culture change that will impact how you manage measurement devices, maintenance policies, plant operations and, ultimately, your bottom line.
Here are compelling, real-world examples that demonstrate the benefits of getting connected:
At the MOL Danube Refinery in Hungary, using HART reduced operating and maintenance costs nearly $900,000 by providing actionable information on device and control valve health and preventing unscheduled shutdowns.
Using HART, Evonik Degussa Chemicals in Shanghai cut loop check time and costs by 25%. Daily troubleshooting of instruments is now mainly done from the safety and convenience of the control room.
At the largest nuclear power plant in North America, HART enabled the move from preventive maintenance toward true predictive maintenance: a more effective way to address valve and process problems.
At a Northstar Bluescope steel mill, a WirelessHART solution eliminated almost 100% of cable and conduit, reducing maintenance costs by $200,000 annually.
Users worldwide are sending a clear message to industry suppliers by purchasing and deploying HART-enabled products in overwhelming numbers each year. They choose HART Communication because it is a simple, reliable, secure, low-risk, feature-rich and cost-effective intelligent communication protocol that delivers significant value and rapid ROI. Suppliers are responding with cost-effective products, many of which are described in this supplement.
Even a relatively small investment to get connected provides actionable information that will improve operation and lower costs. Join other users who are gaining significant, high-value benefits for their companies when you get connected to the intelligent information in your HART devices. So what are you waiting for?