Honeywell Process Solutions has announced the launch of LEAPTM project services to help manufacturers in the processing industries get their plants up and running faster and at lower cost.
LEAP combines Honeywell proprietary hardware and software, virtualisation and cloud engineering to give users greater scheduling flexibility while reducing risk and total automation costs by up to 30%. These features can also help to reduce avoidable schedule delays by up to 90%.
LEAP specially combines three core technologies available in Honeywell’s Experion PKS Orion:
- Universal channel technology: Honeywell’s proprietary solution allows instant remote configuration of channel types, standardized input/output cabinets, reduction or elimination of marshalling cabinets and reduction in equipment needed.
- Visualisation: Use of virtual machines in the control system removes dependencies between the functional and physical; design, enables standardized server cabinets, reduces hardware requirements and delivers corresponding savings in space, power, cooling and weight.
- Cloud engineering: Engineering in a secure, centrally hosted cloud environment allows project execution and testing anywhere in the world, delivering improvements in collaboration and travel savings.
LEAP represents a major departure from the way plants are typically designed and built by using parallel workflows to keep automation systems off critical implementation paths. Traditionally, sequential workflows call for the automation and controls to be implemented during a specified time frame before the rest of the plant can be completed. This approach poses challenges such as managing changes, which can affect all subsequent steps of implementation and threaten project schedules and budgets.
New project services create separate streams of work for the physical and functional aspects of project design. This approach allows project engineering to take place from anywhere in the world, and removes workflow dependencies.
Vimal Kapur, president, Honeywell Process Solutions, commented: “Automation projects are increasingly difficult to manage, especially as implementations become larger and more complex, while still needing to be completed quickly and efficiently. LEAP turns project execution workflow in its head, simplifying what has traditionally been a long expensive process and enabling measurable time and cost savings so plants can focus on the end goal of getting up and running quickly”.
Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.
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