Honeywell unveils IIoT app to monitor plant performance

February 20, 2016 | 15:00
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Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), an unit of American conglomerate Honeywell, today launched a new app providing plant managers immediate notifications as well as real-time plant performance data and analytics direct to their smartphones.

Honeywell Pulse™, part of Honeywell’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network, allows users to customise alerts according to their preference to receive proactive and timely notifications, and enable alerts from existing Honeywell DynAMo® Alarm Management software, and OPC-compliant historians, such as Uniformance® Process History Database (PHD). It also allows use of threaded conversations to resolve and weigh in real time on issues; define alert conditions and subscribe or unsubscribe quickly and easily. Users can also forward, share and receive critical alarms and events to increase situational awareness.

The app is the company’s newest technology enabling plant managers, supervisors and others to stay connected to their enterprise – wherever they are in the world by bringing relevant metrics and the tools to resolve issues directly to mobile devices, helping to improve efficiency and safety.

“Honeywell’s IIoT is all about data, data analytics, and especially big data analytics,” said Bruce Calder, vice president and chief technology officer for HPS. “The IIoT, cloud and mobility have really supercharged our portfolio. Honeywell Pulse gives managers and supervisors peace of mind by allowing them to receive alerts and monitor performance remotely. This allows plant personnel to respond faster to situations, whether they are planned or unplanned.”

Honeywell is well positioned to leverage the IIoT, a network of networks that uses the Internet to connect people, processes and assets, and to enable a new way to optimise business results and improve safety through increased mobility.

Honeywell recently conducted a customer mobility strategy survey which showed 65 per cent of customers in the chemicals, refining, pulp and paper, and upstream oil and gas industries have a mobility strategy. It identified the top three operational areas that generate the most interest in mobility are processing facilities, field service and logistics. The survey also revealed that customers are investing in mobility in three key areas: information visibility, improved field service workflow and safety compliance.

“The survey shows, and Honeywell’s approach to mobility reflects, the need for mobility solutions in order for businesses to properly transform to meet global challenges,” said Mark Sen Gupta, senior consultant at ARC Advisory Group.

Mobility is part of Honeywell’s initiative to introduce a suite of apps that, along with new cloud functionalities, will help existing solutions deliver better business efficiencies. Honeywell Pulse, HPS’ first app built specifically for mobile devices, connects to different sources and applications across the company’s portfolio to create a more intuitive mobile experience for plant workers.

Honeywell Process Solutions is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas; refining; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals and petrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; and metals, minerals and mining industries. Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell UOP, international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.

By By Hong Anh

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