Yesterday was "product day" and most of the presentations were by Honeywell personnel. Today it was the turn of users in specific industries to present over 60 concurrent paper sessions on subjects separated by industry vertical.
I walked into the demo room yesterday afternoon, and stopped dead. In front of me was Sue Lynch, business unit director for field instruments for Yokogawa. "Bet you didn't expect to see me here," she deadpanned.
Our first "electronic show daily" is history. We shipped it out last night to the readership of the ControlGlobal eNews, about 18,000 opt in readers. We're working on the Wednesday evening edition now. There will be articles on migration paths, security and on that uniquely Honeywell institution, the User Input...
Jack Bolick had grilled chicken for lunch yesterday, and the media had grilled Jack. I find it fascinating that at this time in the history of the automation industry, so many companies are headed by remarkably down-to-earth CEOs.
Yes, he wasn't done yet. This was without a doubt the longest 92 minute talk (I was so amazed, I timed it) I've ever heard. It was like the philistine comment that one of Wagner's operas starts, and then four hours later, you get to Act 1.
Zornio went on to describe Honeywell's coming attractions. He mixed new introductions, like the new, local version of Loop Scout, with announcements that included the tying of Profit Expert and Profit Stepper (the Multivariable loop tester) which will be available in early 2007.
Zornio segued into the wireless world, describing Honeywell's commitment to the "wireless worker." Honeywell has been investing heavily in wireless, including the XYR5200 wireless transmitter system, and is a significant participant in WINA and ISA SP100 standards committees.
Zornio, after taking a much-needed break, returned with a very cool announcement...Experion Lite. Seriously, Honeywell introduced the HC900 Controller with Experion Vista. HC900 is a hybrid controller for process equipment that can be used as a standalone control system with up to five stations and 2000 points(shades of Foxboro nee...
"Honeywell's position is strictly in the middle," Zornio quipped. He was discussing the product released last December, Safety Manager R100, which, he claimed was the world's first IEC 61511 certified SIL3 Safety Instrumented System (SIS). The war, if there is one, is over whether SIS systems should be now and...
Two years ago, Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of ABB pointed out that over 60% of the market is "brownfield," that is, existing installations. Somebody has those installations in their user base, and it is far more profitable to sell to your existing customers than to go after new "greenfield" business.