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Uniformance process studio

October 2008 IT in Manufacturing

Improve the efficiency of plant data analysis.

Honeywell has announced the launch of Uniformance Process Studio, a new desktop software package that allows plant engineers to more easily analyse process performance. The user-friendly interface includes workflow management applications that enable engineers to build trend graphs and graphics with minimal training or manual configuration.

Uniformance Process Studio is designed for use with Honeywell’s Uniformance PHD, which gathers critical data from equipment and instrumentation located throughout a plant. In the event of a plant upset, for instance, users can pull historical data to examine how a certain unit functioned in the moments leading up to the incident and use that information to avoid future upsets.

“Having a keen understanding of how a plant has performed in the past is critical to maximising business results and improving safety, reliability and efficiency,” says Ashish Gaikwad, global director of Advanced Solutions for Honeywell Process Solutions. “Uniformance Process Studio was designed to help engineers make sense of this data faster and easier. Engineers can perform basic functions such as trending with only a few mouse clicks so that their time is spent analysing the process, not manipulating the tool.”

Ease of use

For engineers, using Uniformance Process Studio for trend analysis is as easy as selecting tags from Uniformance PHD and using a drag-and-drop function to insert them into a trend graph or table. Many commonly used options, such as selecting trend times and sampling methods, are also available through simple drop-down menus. Uniformance Process Studio also provides a variety of trend styles, including single scales, XY correlations and histograms. A multitrend view allows engineers to view the status of numerous trends, making it easy to monitor the status of several processes or pieces of equipment at once.

Interoperability

Additionally, the program’s graphics are based on Honeywell’s HMIWeb technology, which is also used in Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). This allows graphics used in Experion to be replicated in Uniformance Process Studio, which eliminates the need for engineers to spend hours building duplicate graphics.

Uniformance Process Studio also allows users to organise information such as tags, trends, graphics and other items on a regular basis in personal and shared workspaces. This makes it easier for users to find relevant information. These workspaces are not limited to plant historian information; users can include Web page links, applications and a variety of documents. With this approach, engineers are not required to constantly switch between Uniformance Process Studio and Internet browsers.

For more information contact Debbie Rae, Honeywell Southern Africa, +27 (0)11 695 8000, debbie.rae@honeywell.com, www.honeywell.co.za


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