Honeywell Process Solutions chief technology officer Jason Urso provided HUG 2014 attendees with a very comprehensive view of the new technology offerings from Honeywell. While the presentation is not yet available, you can view much of the same content in his presentation from the EMEA HUG meeting which was held in the fourth quarter of 2013. There were a lot of new product introduction at the 2014 North American HUG this week, from new Experion consoles, graphics, universal I/O to new field instrumentation, migration solutions, and more.
New Experion HMI and Operator Consoles
The real standout to me was the new Experion operator consoles and graphics. Anyone who is used to the old style Honeywell workstations and graphics with the black backgrounds is really in for a surprise as these new graphics incorporate best practices gained from Honeywell’s experience in the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium. The operator display incorporates a performance dashboard that allows the operator to keep the plant in the optimal profitable operating state, shows key performance metrics with speedometer style indicators, and incorporates touchscreen technology.
The new Experion operator consoles are a complete redesign of the old stuff. The old four panel workstations have been replaced by new control room furniture with desktops that can raise and lower along with advanced lighting for alarms and more screen real estate. The latest Orion release also includes touchscreen displays and a new generation of mobile operator workstations.
Honeywell Universal I/O and Cabinets
Honeywell’s Universal I/O is software programmable for Analog Input and Output or Digital Input and Output. Universal I/O is 32 channels per module, which is twice the density of standard analog. This also allows Honeywell to reduce the quantity of individual spares and greatly reduce the overall installed quantity of I/O. The software programmable nature of Universal I/O for both process control and safety also eliminates the need for custom cabinets, and Honeywell has standardized on a single cabinet model for Universal I/O projects, which also greatly reduced project costs.
The Push to Upstream and Midstream Oil and Gas
Honeywell made its reputation in downstream processes, but the company has a strong position in upstream and midstream oil and gas that it has been developing for many years. Honeywell covers the entire oil and gas supply chain from shale gas and other onshore operations to LNG, gas to liquids, terminal automation, pipeline SCADA, oil sands, offshore platforms, FPSOs, and more. Much of the work that Honeywell has done to create its Lean Execution of Automation Projects comes from the demands of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry.
Alliance with FMC
In May of 2013, Honeywell announced the integration and certification of the FMC722 subsea automation protocol with the Experion C300 controller as a native interface. The FMC722 subsea automation interface provides integration of the FMC protocol on the controller, enabling seamless peer-to-peer communication between topside and subsea control assets. This solution gives operators access to thousands of process parameters without the need for any intermediate hardware or protocol conversions, leading to fast response, reduced downtime and greater ease of maintenance. FMC protocols are built directly into C300 controllers, direct subsea integration, compressors and anti surge control, instead of separate governor and surge controllers, the C300 controllers do it. You can see and maintain the whole system remotely. Customers are physically taking their control systems off the rig and moving to remote operations centers (Wintershall).
Honeywell Leverages UOP Ownership
Honeywell now owns 100 percent of technology licensor and engineering firm UOP. In addition, UOP is now part of the Performance Materials and Technologies business within Honeywell, along with Honeywell Process Solutions. Many common functions within both HPS and UOP are being integrated, including those in the refining and gas processing and handling businesses. UOP’s position as a technology licensor provides some real opportunities for HPS to leverage the process expertise of UOP with the automation and solutions capabilities of HPS. UOP also owns several chemical plants of its own, which can provide valuable end user input to HPS.
New RTU and SCADA Capabilities
The new 2020 RTU from Honeywell featured prominently in the Knowledge Center demonstration area at HUG. The 2020 RTU is Honeywell’s own design and features power consumption that is 60-70 percent less than other RTUs and a much smaller footprint. Foundation Fieldbus and HART connectivity are built in. The new RTU also features application specific configuration templates.
Field Device Advancements
Mr. Urso also discussed the release of new Honeywell SmartLine temperature transmitters, which improve overall plant and employee efficiency even in harsh and noisy process environments. This new product line is part of Honeywell’s SmartLine field instrument product family. To reduce lifecycle costs, the transmitter features a built-in dual-input and digital output option to minimize the number of instruments needed for both monitoring and switching needs. Along with its unique modularity, SmartLine reduces complexity along the entire lifecycle, from avoiding initial purchasing costs to reducing maintenance and inventory expenses by eliminating spare parts requirements and simplifying module replacements and upgrades.
Employee efficiency features include wiring polarity insensitivity and local configuration capabilities. Unlike most other transmitters, SmartLine transmitters cannot be damaged by reversed loop wiring polarity and will function correctly if reverse connected. This protection significantly helps during a plant startup, when time can be wasted locating and repairing incorrectly wired devices. In addition, an advanced display and local configuration provides capabilities for field operators to configure the device in the field, solve problems, and avoid errors with no need for a handheld device.
Honeywell acquired German flowmeter supplier RMG in 2009, and in March of 2014 RMG released a new ultrasonic flowmeter. The The USM GT400 Ultrasonic Flowmeter provides stability during flow perturbations thanks to its direct-path technology with six measuring paths on three levels. The paths are arrayed in an “X” pattern in horizontal planes. This orientation enables measurement of swirl, cross-flow and asymmetry, as well as transparent path velocity weighting per the Gauss-Chebyshev profile model for compressible fluids.