HUG announcements focus on wireless, safety, training

Honeywell announced technology advances in a variety of areas at its annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) event in Phoenix. The June 16 and 17 announcements include an operator training system for refining processes; wireless networks, and safety products.
By Plant Engineering Staff July 15, 2008

Honeywell announced technology advances in a variety of areas at its annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) event in Phoenix. The June 16 and 17 announcements include an operator training system for refining processes; wireless networks, and safety products.

Among the announcements:

Wireless ready to comply with ISA 100: Updated Honeywell OneWireless industrial wireless network equipment is designed to be compatible with the end-user driven ISA100.11a industrial wireless communication standard. The latest OneWireless release is the process industries’ first mesh network with ISA100-ready hardware, the company says. The network can be upgraded to the ISA100.11a standard, when it is completed, via an over-the-air software update, company says.

Experion Process Knowledge System: Honeywell Experion Process Knowledge System has been enhanced, allowing plant operators to carefully coordinate process control, safety shutdown and fire and gas mitigation steps. In addition to the safety instrumented system integration, Honeywell says Experion helps improve plant operations through embedded simulation capabilities used for comprehensive operator training and control, display and procedure validation. Other new features include integrated batch functionality said to significantly increase production and reliability for chemical and life sciences companies.

Safety Manager integration: An updated version of Honeywell Safety Manager, the company’s safety instrumented system platform, balances the integration of process controls with critical safety systems. The latest version of Safety Manager, integrated with Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), allows safety and process controllers to communicate with each other without requiring intermediate interfaces, such as PCs, and without compromising operations security or data integrity, the company says.

Plant data analysis: Honeywell Uniformance Process Studio is a new desktop software package that allows plant engineers to more easily analyze process performance. A user-friendly interface includes workflow management applications that enable engineers to build trend graphs and graphics with minimal training or manual configuration, the company says.