In-plant operations and maintenance workers follow plant best practices: Honeywell Field Advisor platform

New software developed by Honeywell around technology from Shell Global Solutions helps workers minimize unplanned shutdowns and optimize plant performance.

06/13/2010


Honeywell Field Advisor mobile productivity solutions helps industrial facilities keep equipment running within safe operating limits and at optimum performance. Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced its release of Field Advisor, the company’s newest addition to its family of mobile productivity solutions. The company says it will help industrial facilities keep their equipment running within safe operating limits and at optimum performance. Based on technology acquired from Shell Global Solutions in December 2009, the Field Advisor software is designed to help plants to reduce costly emergency work and unplanned shutdowns by allowing mobile operators to diagnose and rectify problems in the field more easily before they escalate and result in equipment failure.

The technology records critical asset data to ensure that it falls within the plant’s safe operating limits. If the equipment is operating outside those limits, Field Advisor then guides the operator through the necessary steps to correct the problem.

“Companies are under intense pressure to operate and maintain their plants within a budget, which really amplifies the importance of the operator’s actions in the field,” says Paul Brice, director of advanced solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions. “When an asset exceeds critical operating limits, the appropriate actions are not always apparent to the operator and the wrong decision could have a wide range of consequences. Field Advisor ensures the operator considers operating limits up front, which can improve overall production.”

Brice adds that the new software platform is used in conjunction with Honeywell’s OneWireless mesh network, as well as the company’s Dolphin mobile computer devices. The solution allows a field worker to download specific tasks and instructions, and then upload results for easy reporting after the tasks are completed. This allows the field operators to adhere to best practices when conducting their rounds. It also helps plant maintenance, operations, and reliability teams share information between them more quickly, supervisors plan shift workloads more effectively, and allows new operators to be trained at a faster pace. The announcement came June 13, 2010.

http://hpsweb.honeywell.com/Cultures/en-US/Products/AssetApplications/WirelessProductivity/FieldAdvisor/default.htm

www.honeywell.com/ps

www.honeywell.com

www.honeywellnow.com

Also see the Control Engineering channel page on process control and the product page on HMI and operator interface. Search the site for any of these topics.

- Peter Welander, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Big plans for small nuclear reactors: Simpler, safer control designs; Smarter manufacturing; Industrial cloud; Mobile HMI; Controls convergence
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.