June 17, 2008

Headlines from Today's Activities
- Safety Integration, Embedded Batch Featured in New System Releases
- Experion PKS Goes Nuclear at Progress Power Plant
- Well–Planned Support Lets Open Systems Soar
- Analytical Tools, Track-and-Trace Are Key New Software Releases
- Super-Human Cooperation Speeds Refinery Flood Recovery

Safety Integration, Embedded Batch Featured in New System Releases
“Honeywell works closely with its User Group and the many Customer Advisory Boards set up globally. This has made it possible to provide the new solutions we are introducing at the User Group this week,” said Harsh Chitale, vice president of strategy and global marketing for Honeywell Process Solutions, in introducing R310, the latest release of the company’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS).

“Experion was originally designed to streamline overall operations, and this latest version expands upon that principle by eliminating the need for intermediate devices to relay important information to the nerve center of the plant,” Chitale explained. “This release is the most efficient system of its kind, and that efficiency translates to safer, more reliable and more profitable plants.”

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Playing to the event’s Everyday Super Hero theme, Kent Clark—HUGman's not-so-mild-mannered alter-ego—toured the demonstration room floor of the Honeywell User Group. View an eight-minute video of his close encounter with the latest innovations in process automation technology, services and solutions.

“Our approach is to provide peer-to-peer controller integration with system segregation.” Honeywell’s Harsh Chitale explained the company’s implementation of operational and control integration between the company’s C300 process controllers and Safety Manager over
fault-tolerant Ethernet.

 

Experion PKS Goes Nuclear at Progress Power Plant
Much of the U.S. nuclear power industry is facing the same support challenge: Plants built in the 1960s and 1970s are still equipped with “vintage” controls. These pneumatic and electronic systems are aging, becoming obsolete and causing instrumentation maintenance backlogs to increase.

“We started doing digital upgrades as point solutions, really because we had no choice,” said Dave Hooten, supervisor of electrical, instrumentation and controls engineering at Progress Energy’s Harris 1 nuclear power plant near Raleigh, N.C. But pretty soon, the various digital control upgrades—pursued on an ad hoc basis and with no long-term plan—led to a range of different digital systems from a variety of vendors, all of which operated differently and did not communicate with each other. “We realized we had to spend smarter—in a more long-term, intelligent fashion,” Hooten said in his presentation to the Honeywell User Group gathering this week in Phoenix.

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“We realized we had to spend smarter—in a more long-term, intelligent fashion.” Progress Energy’s Dave Hooten discussed his company’s implementation of the Experion PKS control platform at its nuclear power stations, the first Experion installations in the U.S. commercial nuclear fleet.

 

Well–Planned Support Lets Open Systems Soar
Open control systems can give process applications many benefits. They just need a lot of care and feeding.

Today that means handling many software issues, such as installing Microsoft patches and hot fixes, as well as implementing other IT-related functions to maintain open systems, even if these new responsibilities may seem to be outside of traditional control and automation tasks and jurisdictions.

To help users better coordinate their process applications and open systems, Whit McConnell, PE, senior staff engineer at ExxonMobil Chemical’s engineering and manufacturing support department, and Doug Bach, global manager for Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) contract management services, presented “Support Planning—Align Your Support Strategy with Your Business Strategy,” on June 16 at the 2008 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

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“Open technology has increased system complexity, specialized system tasks and increased dependencies throughout the platform and application life cycle.” ExxonMobil’s Whit McConnell (pictured), together with Honeywell’s Doug Bach, discussed how process manufacturers can best manage the downside of open systems—in order to take full advantage of their benefits.

 

Analytical Tools, Track-and-Trace Are Key New Software Releases
“Our data historian is used by hundreds of customers at thousands of sites,” began Harsh Chitale, Honeywell Process Solutions’ vice president of strategy and global marketing, in announcing the latest enhancements to Honeywell’s PHD historian this week at the company’s user group gathering in Phoenix. “So we are very exited to introduce a completely new visualization and analysis engine for PHD.”

The user-friendly interface includes workflow management applications that enable engineers to build trend graphs and graphics with minimal training or manual configuration. “Uniformance provides a rich, flexible environment for the collection, storage and analysis of data,” Chitale said.

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Honeywell’s “standards-ready” version of OneWireless was among the many new products released at the Honeywell User Group gathering this week. Walt Boyes, Control editor-in-chief, caught up with Jeff Becker, director of global wireless business for Honeywell Process Solutions, to talk wireless. View the five-minute video.

“The system contains a utility that allows customers to diagram their supply chain and track logistics throughout a clinical trial.” Honeywell’s Carey Clements on the company’s new POMStrace product, designed to facilitate track-and-trace for life
sciences companies.

 

Super-Human Cooperation Speeds Refinery Flood Recovery
So who do heroes look up to? The flood rescue rangers.

It’s been almost a year since the engineers and operators at Coffeyville (Kansas) Resources (CVR) Energy Inc. were notified on June 30, 2007, that the Verdigris River next to their refinery and fertilizer plant was going to crest above flood stage. Today, Day 2 of the 2008 Honeywell User Group (HUG) at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Shane Scoles, CVR’s manager of automation, reported on how his company and its vendors coped with and rebuilt following this catastrophic flood. He co-presented “Recovery from Disaster: The Coffeyville Flood,” with G. Amos Rolen, PE, Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) program management manager, whose Houston-based team helped CVR deal with the crisis.

The 102-year-old refinery covers about 2 square miles, and its complex petroleum business includes a 113,500-barrel-per-day facility operated by CVR Resources Refining and Marketing (CRRM), and a crude-oil-gathering system throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The 20-acre nitrogen fertilizer business includes a unique petroleum coke gasification facility, Coffeyville Resources Nitrogen Fertilizers, which is located adjacent the refinery. It is the only commercial facility in North America that uses low-cost petroleum coke—as opposed to costly natural gas—to produce nitrogen fertilizers.

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“The water line reached several feet up in our typical control room, and our computer room floor was covered with mud.” Shane Scoles of Coffeyville Resources Energy discussed the Herculean efforts by which the company’s flooded refinery was made ready to operate in a mere
month’s time.

 

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