Cloud-based IIoT offering helps increase plant utilisation and performance

21 September 2016

Honeywell UOP has introduced a new software-based service designed to allow refiners, and petrochemical and gas processing plants to improve performance.

The Connected Performance Services (CPS) business uses the Industrial Internet of Things (IioT) to employ Honeywell’s process knowledge, design expertise, and understanding of catalysis with next-generation software platforms from Honeywell Process Solutions.

Zak Alzein, vice president for CPS, said: “This cloud-enabled service makes plants smarter and more responsive. 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 utilisation, unplanned downtime, energy efficiency, and gaps in expertise as plants becomes more sophisticated and experienced engineers retire. 

The CPS offerings form 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 it is a cloud-based software service that continuously monitors streaming plant data and applies advanced analytics and machine learning, leveraging UOP process models and best practices to find latent or emerging underperformance, alert plant personnel and make specific operational recommendations. The system runs continuously with digital dashboards that provide 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 is able to monitor and help manage energy use to support compliance with stricter regulatory standards, and also can bridge knowledge gaps among personnel who may not be fully experienced with their equipment. 

 “A big feature of this solution is the combination of customer operating data and UOP expertise that provides plant personnel with early-stage warnings that identify performance improvements,” said Alzein. “Advances in software, instrumentation and Big Data capabilities have finally converged, which makes it possible to offer a cloud-based IIoT solution that brings the connected plant to the oil and gas industries.”

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