Honeywell software brings IoT to oil and gas plants
September 29, 2016
Honeywell has introduced a software-based service designed to help refiners and petrochemical and gas processing plants improve performance.
Illinois-based Honeywell UOP's Connected Performance Services (CPS) business leverages the industrial IoT to tap the company's deep process knowledge, design expertise, and understanding of catalysis with next-generation software platforms from Honeywell Process Solutions, which provides software for the process industries.
"This cloud-enabled service makes plants smarter and more responsive," said Zak Alzein, vice president for CPS. "Problems that caused plants to be less efficient or less productive and that went undetected for weeks or months now can be resolved quickly and proactively, and decisions that used to take days now can be made in hours. For many plants, the avoidance of downtime and suboptimal performance, and better agility can be worth millions of dollars per year."
The CPS offerings include applications to address critical challenges for refineries and petrochemical and gas processing plants, including better asset use, unplanned downtime, energy efficiency and gaps in expertise as plants becomes more sophisticated and experienced engineers retire. The CPS offerings are part of the larger IIoT ecosystem being built by Honeywell to allow end users to harness IIoT technology to tap the deep expertise of Honeywell UOP and other leading suppliers and partners.
At the heart of the CPS offering is a cloud-based software service that continuously monitors streaming plant data and applies analytics and machine learning, leveraging process models and best practices to find latent or emerging underperformance, alert plant personnel and make specific operational recommendations.
The system runs continuously with user-friendly digital dashboards that provide intuitive context and actionable understanding of a plant's performance. The same dashboards are reported simultaneously to a dedicated Honeywell UOP process advisor who also monitors performance and can provide additional direction and resources.
In addition to identifying underperforming assets and anticipating equipment failures and process issues, Honeywell can monitor and help manage energy use to support compliance with stricter regulatory standards, and also bridge knowledge gaps among personnel who may not be fully experienced with their equipment. Roughly half the industry's most highly-tenured staff are expected to retire in the next seven years.
"The unique feature to this is the combination of customer operating data and UOP expertise that provides plant personnel with early-stage warnings that identify performance improvements," Alzein said. "Advancements in software, instrumentation and big data capabilities have finally converged, which makes it possible for the first time to offer a cloud-based IIoT that brings the connected plant to the oil and gas industries. That combination is made even more powerful by UOP's century-long knowledge of process technology, equipment, catalysis and commercial best practices."
The platform is designed around the user experience, providing a practical interface that is easy to read and understand and that provides quick and easy analysis and recommendations.
Operators can get to the bottom of a problem in a few clicks, giving staff time to address the situation quickly or before it becomes more serious. By leveraging embedded root cause analysis models, it puts critical performance information at the user's fingertips to improve performance and offers predictive insights to identify issues well before they could result in costly problems.