June 16, 2008

Headlines from Today's Activities
- Honeywell’s Never-Ending Quest to Aid Super-Hero Users
- Safety, Reliability, Efficiency Anchor Honeywell Vision
- New OneWireless Release Is "Standards-Ready"
- UniSim to Incorporate UOP Simulation Models
- Staying Safe Requires Layers of Protection

Honeywell’s Never-Ending Quest to Aid Super-Hero Users
Up, up, and away! In keeping with the red-caped theme of Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) 33rd annual user-group event, company president, Jack Bolick, outlined Honeywell’s vision and commitment in his keynote address at the opening of the Honeywell User Group (HUG) 2008 meeting today at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

An introductory video featured several users who described how Honeywell’s capabilities help them improve their plants’ safety, reliability and efficiency performance. Honeywell’s mission of improving business performance includes safety in the form of layers of protection to reduce incidents, reliability solutions that increase uptime and improve production profiles and efficiency through the integration from the field to the supply chain for faster and better decision-making, Bolick explained. However all of these successes, he added, start with HPS’ understanding of users’ needs.

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Also, view a two-minute video showing how Honeywell customers are successfully boosting their plants' performances.

“We can predict outcome-based results based on best practices.” Jack Bolick, president of Honeywell Process Solutions, addressed how his company’s Integrated Main Automation Contractor (I-MAC) methodology can help users execute projects, set operations and business objectives, and sustain life-cycle benefits.

 

Safety, Reliability, Efficiency Anchor Honeywell Vision
Jason Urso, Honeywell Process Solutions vice president for technology, displayed an entirely new alter ego, Super Urso—complete with cape and x-ray vision goggles—as he guided the Honeywell User Group 2008 crowd through a swooping and soaring vision of the technology roadmap Honeywell is following.

“The three pillars of the Honeywell vision are safety, reliability and efficiency. These are the pillars of operational excellence,” Urso said. “And the first of these is process safety.”

Honeywell uses the “layers of protection” approach to process safety, Urso said, showing a peeled onion that starts with maintaining stable control, reducing unexpected equipment failure, reducing human error and improving emergency response.

The next pillar is reliability, and Urso showed a feedback loop: “Design the process right, improve life-cycle maintenance, improve operational efficiency, design the process right…”

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“We have a history of capturing new operational benefits while preserving intellectual property.” Honeywell’s ongoing commitment to life-cycle preservation and low total cost of ownership were highlights of Jason Urso’s wide-ranging tour of the company’s technology roadmap.

 

New OneWireless Release Is "Standards-Ready"
Honeywell Process Solutions announced today at its annual users group gathering in Phoenix a new release of its OneWireless industrial wireless communication architecture. The latest OneWireless release is the process industries’ first mesh network with ISA100-ready hardware, said Harsh Chitale, vice president of strategy and global marketing.

“We are now in a position to offer a solution that is hardware-compliant with ISA 100.11a,” Chitale said. “When the standard is finalized, we’ll be able to deliver a software upgrade over the air, by pressing a button on the operator console.”

“Manufacturers have been asking for a secure and reliable multi-functional wireless network that can handle the thousands of devices they use within their plants,” continued Chitale. “Until now, the only way to do so was with proprietary systems. The ISA100.11a standard will allow OneWireless users to achieve this vision using a standards-based network.”

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One highlight of this year’s Honeywell Users Group meeting is a theater-style, multimedia presentation demonstrating how end users have successfully applied OneWireless technology. Here, Honeywell wireless guru David Kaufman plays a process plant operator who discovers his own hidden powers.

 

UniSim to Incorporate UOP Simulation Models
Honeywell Process Solutions’ UniSim platform will now incorporate UOP simulation models to train refinery operators how to best run UOP processes used in the production of fuels and petrochemicals, announced Harsh Chitale, Honeywell vice president of strategy and global marketing, at a press conference today at the company’s annual users group meeting.

UOP, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries. The company was purchased in 2005 by Honeywell.

“We are going to be supplying the UOP Master Simulation Models embedded in UniSim,” Chitale said, “as off-the-shelf standard packages like UniSim for CCR.”

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“It will allow you to sit behind the screen and be just like you are working directly with the process.” Honeywell’s Harsh Chitale on the training benefits of UOP Master Simulation Models embedded within the company’s UniSim environment.

 

Staying Safe Requires Layers of Protection
Think safety is expensive? Wait until you get a look at the bill for being unsafe.

The cost of process-related incidents in the U.S. is approximately $20 billion per year, but Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) can help. Erik de Groot, market manager for HPS’ safety management solutions, reported on his company’s layered approach to safety during his “Integrated Safety System Solutions” presentation on the first day of Honeywell Users Group (HUG) 2008 on June 16 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

“The first thing we advise users to do is to check the safety record of their facility, determine how many incidents they have per year, evaluate their present safety program, learn what layers of protection they now have in place and find out which needed layers are missing,” said de Groot. The main reasons for doing this include:

- Profit by maintaining highest availability and maximizing
  throughput and utilization;
- Reduced costs by positive impact on headcount, lower installed
  costs and reduced operational cost;

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“Honeywell’s layered approach to process safety includes a completely integrated solution from basic control via advanced applications to safety, fire-and-gas and security solutions.” Honeywell’s Erik de Groot discussed the company’s unrivaled ability to bring together multiple aspects of safety and security for its end users.

 

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