Smart about HART communications? Apply for plant of the year

03/05/2007


Austin, TX —HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is currently seeking nominations for the 6th annual HART Plant of the Year Award. The global award is presented each year to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications. Nominations are encouraged globally and will be accepted through May 31. Nomination forms are available at www.hartcomm.org .

'We are seeking the innovators who have taken the capabilities of their HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration and have discovered new and better ways to use the HART technology already in their plants,' says Ron Helson, HCF executive director. End-users can nominate themselves or suppliers can nominate a plant. Nominations should include a description of how the plant is using the diagnostics and other intelligent capabilities of HART-enabled devices in real-time applications with plant control, safety, and asset management systems to improve operations, lower costs, and increase plant availability.

What the winners receive : The HART Plant of the Year winner receives an award plaque to display at its facility, special recognition at an international trade show, exposure to the global industry press, and is covered as an article in Control Engineering magazine. Information also appears in the Foundation's HARTLine newsletter and on the HART Website. An official awards presentation is held at the plant site.

The HART Plant of the Year is the only public award presented to end-user companies to recognize ingenuity in the application of HART technology, according to the HCF organization. 'We want to recognize the hard work and creativity of those engineering teams around the world who are using the information in their intelligent devices to help them keep their plants competitive,' says Helson.

Previous recipients include : BP Canada Energy (Alberta); Sasol Solvents (South Africa); BP Cooper River (South Carolina); Clariant (Germany); Detroit Water and Sewerage (Michigan); and DuPont (Mississippi). Read more about prior winners below.

HCF calls the HART Field Communications Protocol the 'global standard for smart process instrumentation,' saying 70% of all smart process measurement and control instruments installed worldwide each year use HART Communication; the global installed base of HART-enabled devices is the largest of all communication protocols at more than 20 million. Key features of this unique open standard communication technology are: 4-20 mA compatibility, ease of use, low risk, and cost-efficient implementation for users and suppliers.

HART Communication Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization providing worldwide support for application of HART technology. Established in 1993, the Foundation is the technology owner and standards setting body for the HART Communication Protocol. Major instrumentation manufacturers and users around the world support the Foundation. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of HART technology.

Learn from prior winners:
BP Canada Energy (Alberta) HART: Plant of the Year -- Digital Output
Exclusive: Making use of the digital process variable output of HART-enabled transmitters, BP Canada Energy improved its process control and saved substantial time and money. Bonuses are less aggravation and a global award.

Sasol Solvents (South Africa) Wins 2005 HART Plant of the Year Award
Exclusive: Beginning as a broad vision for a control system and corresponding field instrumentation—with the intelligence to predict failures before downtime occurs-this project encompassed communication and control at two new plants in South Africa with 10,000 I/O points.

BP Cooper River (South Carolina) and Clariant (Germany)

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief





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