Batch oriented DCS

Feb. 19, 2009
A smaller, batch-oriented distributed control system (DCS) designed to compete strongly with process automation controllers (PACs). Honeywell introduced the Experion LS control system, a new product within the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) line.
It manages all continuous process control applications and optimizes batch and sequence-oriented applications typically found at specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and consumer goods producers. The product is scalable from a single personal computer and controller to multiple stations. The Experion LS is designed with a subset of commands and includes a configuration tool that the company maintains can help plants save up to $20,000 per year in support per system. The easier configuration also enables faster and more-reliable changeovers, allowing operators to more easily modify batch recipes and increase production.

“Many applications in the Food and Beverage, Specialty Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Life Science industries would benefit from the functionality of a DCS, but the installed base has been limited due to the perceptions of lack of scalability, great complexity and high costs,” said ARC Advisory Group analyst Craig Resnick. “Experion LS appears to address these issues by being designed to be a DCS for the masses, one that can be specified, purchased, installed, and maintained in a scalable fashion by organizations that have not utilized DCS systems in the past. It is especially critical today that manufacturers, processors, and OEMs leverage these technologies in face of their unprecedented pressures to cut costs while simultaneously meeting increased regulations and sustainability objectives.”

“Smaller manufacturing operations tell us they need DCS functionality, such as the system reliability and greater flexibility that PLCs can’t offer, but many leading DCS systems are just too big for their operations,” said Harsh Chitale, vice president of strategy and global marketing, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Experion LS offers the best of both worlds. It provides agility to respond to product mix changes and offers advanced optimization and batch technology usually found in larger DCS systems.”

Experion LS features Honeywell’s ISA88 compliant and scalable solution for batch automation that can be fully redundant. The system minimizes engineering costs with drag-and-drop configuration, pre-built algorithms, a global database, pre-configured displays and out-of-the-box batch functionality. Operational advantages are gained by being able to make automation configuration changes without stopping production and offering operators a run-time view of control strategy and sequence status, truly redundant unit execution and integrated operator instructions.

“For many years, smaller manufacturers faced a dilemma: They needed to quickly adapt their processes to market changes, but doing so could reduce system reliability and increases lifecycle costs,” said Chitale. “As the creator of the first DCS system, Honeywell has taken its extensive DCS knowledge and designed Experion LS to deliver the agility these manufacturers need to survive in today’s business environment without sacrificing system stability.”

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