Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Honeywell, Dover collaborate on industrial energy efficiency

William Payne
January 5, 2017
Honeywell and Dover Energy Automation are collaborating to develop services and technologies to help industrial energy customers improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of their operations.

The collaboration will build on Honeywell's industrial IoT range of systems. The collaboration will form part of Honeywell's joint customer development programme, INspire.

Dover supplies productivity tools and related automation software for oil and gas operators. Dover's products and solutions are marketed under multiple brands, including Windrock monitoring and analytical solutions for rotating and vibrating equipment, Quartzdyne downhole pressure transducers, and Well Site Automation suite of solutions for onshore well performance optimisation.

Honeywell Process Systems IIoT ecosystem is part of Honeywell's Connected Plant initiative. This is designed to enable manufacturers to use IIoT to improve operational safety, efficiency and reliability. The platform can be used across a single plant or several plants.

"It is clear that a robust ecosystem is key to successfully implementing an effective IIoT solution for manufacturers," said Andrew Hird, general manager of Honeywell Process Solutions' Digital Transformation business. "The need for deep domain knowledge and experience across a range of applications to quickly and fully evaluate a plant's needs cannot be overstated. Dover's expertise in equipment condition monitoring and asset integrity management is superior and makes it a powerful collaborator to provide expertise for our customers."

"This collaboration will benefit not only Dover and Honeywell by helping us offer more robust solutions, but also our current and future customers, who will be able to see impactful improvements in their operations with our combined expertise," said Ali Raza, president, Dover Energy Automation. "Dover brings a history of technology leadership to this partnership that is unmatched."

Honeywell says that its capabilities in data consolidation, cyber security and software development combine well with Dover's domain knowledge in condition monitoring and asset optimisation. The company says the result will be a robust IIoT ecosystem that is designed to help customers solve previously unsolvable problems.

According to HPS's Hird, the companies' goal is a simple-to-use infrastructure that gives customers secure methods to capture and aggregate data so that it can be leveraged by using analytics and applying a range of domain knowledge from a vast ecosystem of equipment vendors and process licensors.

With a larger, consolidated data set, manufacturers can apply higher analytics for more detailed insights, scale the data as needed to meet the varied needs of single-site or enterprise-wide operations, and leverage a wider pool of data experts for monitoring and analysis.