Honeywell acquires Shell technology

18 January 2010

Honeywell has acquired the rights to a technology developed by Shell Global Solutions that is set to ease the gathering of field data and help process plants increase production.

Operator Rounds technology can be combined with Honeywell’s OneWireless network and Dolphin mobile computer devices to optimise communication, co-ordination, execution and tracking of critical field tasks and activities.

The operational and technical task for efficient rounds (OTTER) technology is currently used in more than 25 sites to help guide field operators as they execute key field surveillance tasks that keep assets running within safe operating limits and at optimum performance.

Honeywell will integrate the OTTER technology in its operational excellence solutions to provide operations teams complete sets of relevant data for all production assets. This data can help customers optimise plant performance and comply with health, safety and environment regulations.

Shell, for example, uses the OTTER technology along with Honeywell’s Operations Management Pro (OM Pro) solution as part of its Ensure Safe Production (ESP) program. The ESP program is claimed to have significantly reduced Shell’s unplanned downtime and process safety incidents and is being rolled out to its facilities globally.

“By providing timely and convenient access to relevant data in the field and improving communication between teams, OTTER gives operators the information they need to make the best decisions, which can ultimately improve plant and business performance. Honeywell has a strong future vision when it comes to solutions for the integrated mobile field worker and I am sure that OTTER technology will be a strong addition to their portfolio,” said Mark Stevens, vice president downstream technology services at Shell Global Solutions.

“Honeywell understands that mobilising the workforce means more than giving a field worker a handheld device; it means providing operators a complete solution that gives them meaningful data they can use to execute the right tasks at the right times,” concluded Bart Winters, reliability solutions global marketing manager for Honeywell Process Solutions.

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