EC: Experion R400
Process control systems: Honeywell Process Solutions, Experion R400. Honeywell's latest Experion PKS release, R400, features several key innovations that deliver superior value on several key aspects to the process industries, including: simplifying open systems; critical process control capabilities; engineering and life-cycle efficiency; and reducing overall cost of ownership. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.
Experion R400 is much more than the latest iteration of Honeywell's widely used Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), it's a solution that lowers the total cost of ownership with easier installation and migration capabilities, reduced operation and maintenance costs, investment protection, and simplified open systems integration. Open system ownership costs are reduced through features such as an extended support life, flexible direct on-process migration paths and virtualization. What's more, the system acts as a foundational cornerstone, allowing DCS, safety, SCADA, terminal, and other solutions to be unified in a single architecture. The system offers an integrated turbine control system that allows power generators to improve their plant performance through tighter integration between boilers and turbines. This gives plants better control of their turbines, allowing them to produce energy more efficiently by maximizing demand swings while reducing fuel consumption and production costs.
Experion tightly integrates plant subsystems, including process control, safety instrumented systems, security, and advanced control at major processing facilities to improve overall safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability. The R400 enhancement gives process operators greater visibility into how their processes are affecting the overall plant and allows them to make better-informed decisions in the control room. The virtualization enhancement can greatly reduce the number of PCs needed at plants, simplify management and ensure software continues functioning properly even as platforms are updated. Additionally, Experion R400 extends the availability of operating systems and key infrastructure components to help prevent them from becoming outdated or obsolete. Plants with older versions of Experion can upgrade to R400 easily with extended on-process migration and automatic-install features, allowing plants to more quickly upgrade their systems on-process with larger jumps between releases. The system also features a new Profibus Gateway that provides redundancy, further improving the reliability of critical process control applications such as intelligent motor control centers and remote critical equipment monitoring.
Honeywell Process Solutions
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