Nominate a plant for smart use of HART communications technology

Nominations are now open for the 2009 HART Plant of the Year End Users Award from HART Communication Foundation for exceptional application of HART technology. Benefits are cited in links to prior winners.


Austin, TX – End users are invited to enter their company’s application of the HART Communication Protocol for recognition in the 8th annual HART Plant of the Year Award Program. Presented by the HART Communication Foundation , the HART Plant of the Year is said to be the only international award presented to end user companies to recognize the exceptional application of HART technology. Nomination forms for HART Plant of the Year are available from HCF and will be accepted through May 31, 2009.
Benefits cited : The

2008 winner of HART Plant of the Year was a heavy crude upgrader facility in Venezuela

. Petropiar Oil Refining Facility reported flawless startup and reduced loop check time by 60%. Click to read about some of the prior recipients:



BP Canada Energy


Sasol Solvents

(South Africa); Clariant (Germany); BP Cooper River (USA), Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (USA) and Dupont (USA).
“We are seeking the plant that has taken the capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration, or one that is using real-time diagnostics and process variables in their HART-enabled devices integrated with their control, information, asset management and safety systems,” says Ron Helson, HCF executive director. “This is the opportunity for end users to share their success and tell the world how HART technology has helped lower their operating cost and increased plant availability.”
Selection is based on a plant’s use of HART communication, not on the size of the installation. End users can nominate themselves or suppliers can recommend a plant for recognition. Nomination forms and details are available at .
The HART Communication Foundation describes itself as an "international, not-for-profit, membership organization supported by more than 200 companies worldwide. Founded in 1993, the Foundation is the technology owner, standards setting body, and central authority on the HART Protocol and provides global support for application of the HART technology. The Foundation establishes and controls the HART Communication standards including new developments and technology enhancements that benefit and support the needs of the industry. The HART Communication Protocol is the leading communication technology for intelligent process measurement and control field devices and systems with more than 26 million devices installed worldwide."

– Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
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