Glanbia PLC Benefits from More Efficient Operations;
Honeywell Profit Controller Pays for Itself in Six Months
DUBLIN, Ireland, May 3, 2007 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that Glanbia PLC has implemented the Profit® Controller advanced process control solution at its dairy production plant in Virginia, Ireland. The solution, which automates the plant's operator activities, was integrated with Glanbia's existing Honeywell Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) R300 in February 2006. The Profit Controller system paid for itself in its first six months of operation, and has met Honeywell's guaranteed payback of investment within 12 months.
Glanbia is a global supplier of dairy-based ingredients to the food and beverage industry. The company is using Profit Controller to optimize and stabilize the evaporation and drying processes. The system has enabled Glanbia to increase production while meeting the strict quality levels required for the production of food products. By automating the energy-intensive evaporation and drying processes, Profit Controller has also helped Glanbia enable processes to run closer to pre-determined limits.
"Honeywell's 25-year relationship with us and its familiarity with our business made the implementation of Profit Controller, and the integration with Experion, smooth and painless," said Alan Magovern, engineering and maintenance manager, Glanbia PLC. "We have already seen an impact to our bottom line and are currently evaluating whether other Glanbia plants would benefit from similar implementations."
"Glanbia built its reputation on producing high-quality dairy products, so it was vital that any solution build on the company's already stringent standards," said Paul Smith, Honeywell Process Solutions country business leader, United Kingdom & Ireland. "By giving Glanbia tighter control over its processes, we were able to help the company maximize production and use their resources more effectively, allowing them to increase production without compromising quality."
Profit Controller is Honeywell's multivariable control and optimization application for complex and highly interactive industrial processes. Based on Honeywell's patented Robust Multivariable Predictive Control Technology, Profit Controller provides all of the necessary tools to design, implement, and maintain multiple-input/multiple-output applications. Together, these tools drive processes to maximum economic benefit.
Honeywell International is a $33 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Process Solutions, access www.honeywell.com/ps.