HCF seeks nominees for 2005 Plant of the Year award

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he HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is seeking nominees for the HART Plant of the Year for 2005. The award is presented annually to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications around the globe. Nominations are encouraged from all world areas and will be accepted through May 31, 2005 at the HCF offices (512-794-0369) or at www.hartcomm.org.

The HART Plant of the Year is unique in the process automation industry. It is the only public award presented to end user companies to recognize ingenuity in the application of HART technology. The award showcases end user companies and their suppliers who have demonstrated creativity in using the full capabilities of HART Communication technology.

“HART is used in process plant applications worldwide. At least 14 million HART-enabled devices have been installed since 1990. In today’s economy the challenge is finding better ways to use what you have. With this award, we recognize the innovators who are meeting that challenge,” says HCF Executive Director Ron Helson.

Nominations should include a description of how the plant uses the intelligent capabilities of HART-enabled devices in real-time applications with plant control, safety and asset management systems to improve operations, lower costs and increase plant availability.

Nominations are accepted from all world areas. Suppliers can nominate customers and end users can nominate themselves. Background information and supporting materials are welcome, but are not required for consideration. HCF representatives will review submissions and will interview selected candidates.

2005 HART Plant of the Year recipients will be recognized at the ISA Expo 2005 (Chicago, Ill., USA, Oct. 25-27). 

Previous HART Plant of the Year recipients include the BP Cooper River plant, Wando, SC, USA (2004), Clariant GmbH, Gersthofen, Germany (2004), Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Detroit, MI, USA (2003), and DuPont DeLisle manufacturing facility, Pass Christian, MS, USA (2002).

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