HCF extends deadline for 2005 HART Plant of the Year Award

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he HART Communication Foundation (HCF) has extended the deadline to receive nominations for the 2005 HART Plant of the Year Award. Nominations are encouraged from all world areas and will be accepted through June 30, 2005 at the HCF offices (512-794-0369) or at www.hartcomm.org. The award is presented annually to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications around the globe.

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.

2005 HART Plant of the Year recipients will be recognized at the ISA Expo 2005 (Oct. 25-27, 2005 in Chicago). HART Plant of the Year application stories will be published in major trade magazines and on the worldwide web.

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).

The HART Field Communications Protocol is the global standard for smart process instrumentation. Seventy percent of all smart process measurement and control instruments installed worldwide each year use HART Communication and the global installed base of HART-enabled devices is the largest of all communication protocols at more than 14 million. Key features of this unique open standard communication technology are – 4-20mA compatibility, ease of use, low risk, and cost-efficient implementation for both users and suppliers.

The HART Communication Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization providing worldwide support for application of HART technology.  Established in 1993, the Foundation is the technology owner and standards setting body for the HART Communication Protocol. The Foundation is supported by major instrumentation manufacturers and industry users around the world. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of HART technology. For more information, go to www.hartcomm.org.

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