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Honeywell securely monitors gas plants

Steve Rogerson
July 10, 2018

Honeywell has discovered a way to measure the health of gas plants. The connected-plant system securely connects users to metering assets around the world from any web-connected device.
It provides easy-to-use health monitoring of midstream metering systems for operations, maintenance and leadership teams. Called Connected Plant Measurement IQ for Gas, it enhances the metering operation's reliability and safety while cutting costs by reducing the need for site visits.
With diagnostics, at-a-glance dashboards and intelligence analytics, Measurement IQ lets operators increase metering reliability in the face of skills shortages, dispersed operations and a complex hydrocarbon mix. Users can detect and correct costly mismeasurement, anticipate equipment failure, reduce gas losses and eliminate unnecessary maintenance.
"Traditionally, it's been difficult to get metering diagnostics and meaningful analytics from the metering stations to others in the organisation, and no one had visibility of the whole operation," said Eric Bras, product marketing manager for Honeywell. "With Measurement IQ, operations, maintenance and enterprise-level users can access real-time diagnostics and collaborate to find the best solutions, wherever they are. Engineers can diagnose faults before they go to the metering station, operators get real-time alerts when key parameters exceed limits, and leadership can connect people and draw on expertise across the enterprise."
Measurement IQ connects assets across all enterprise metering stations and captures the data in Honeywell's secure data centre. Users can connect on any device with a web browser and receive customisable alerts on their mobile phone with Honeywell's Experion app.
The system monitors for significant changes in not just the flow meter, but also the process and environment in which it operates. It anticipates problems and enables users to move from time-based or risk-based recalibration of meters to condition-based monitoring with calibrations only when required. Historical diagnostic data can be used as a basis to extend calibration intervals specified by regulatory authorities.
Users can save up to $50,000 a year if recalibration intervals are extended from one to two years.
Honeywell offers products for the entire metering system. More than 200 million of its metering devices are deployed in more than 130 countries.
The connected plant suite of applications is said to deliver higher levels of safety, reliability, efficiency and profitability. These products are based on decades of domain knowledge and controls experience. They turn data into actionable insight so industrial manufacturers can optimise operations, predict plant failures and eliminate unplanned downtime.