Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Texas refinery uses Honeywell IoT platform to boost perfomance

Steve Rogerson
December 20, 2016



Delek Refining is to use a Honeywell’s CPS industrial IoT-based connected performance services to improve the performance of its refinery in Tyler, Texas.
 
CPS is part of Honeywell's Connected Plant initiative, which leverages IIoT technologies and the firm’s UOP services and domain expertise to improve a broad range of industrial operations from supply chain efficiency to asset optimisation.
 
Delek will use the CPS process reliability advisor to analyse continuously its process unit performance and detect anomalies, enabling refinery operators to resolve problems quickly and keep the unit operating at peak performance. CPS uses the UOP process and fault models, fed by current plant data, to provide performance information and process recommendations.
 
"The process reliability advisor leverages Honeywell UOP's deep troubleshooting experience and proprietary models to deliver detailed analysis and specific corrective recommendations days or months earlier than has ever been possible before," said Zak Alzein, vice president for Honeywell UOP's CPS business. "This will allow Delek to avoid downtime and improve its operations."
 
By giving refineries, petrochemical and gas processing plants greater visibility into their operations, the process reliability advisor can identify and resolve problems that reduce plant efficiency and productivity. The service finds problems that often avoid detection and hamper production, leading to unplanned shutdowns for maintenance and repair that can cost plant operators millions of dollars per year in lost productivity.
 
"This offering can save a refinery millions of dollars a year, helping to improve its profitability," Alzein said. "By bringing literally decades of experience to a refinery, reliability advisor can close the growing knowledge gap that is forming as these facilities become more complex and skilled personnel enter retirement."
 
CPS also includes a process optimisation advisor, which continuously monitors streaming plant data and applies UOP process models and economic optimisation, big-data analytics, and machine learning to drive a plant's full potential.
 
Delek Refining, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, operates a 75,000 barrel per day refinery in Tyler, Texas, that primarily processes locally sourced light, sweet crude oils into a full range of refined products, including petrol, diesel, jet fuels, liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas liquids. More than 93 per cent of the refinery's production slate has been comprised of light, high-value products such as petrol and distillate fuels.