Experion R300 Enables Italcementi to Meet Increasing US Cement Demand
PHOENIX, Nov. 15, 2006 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced a $4.7 million contract to design and implement the process control system for Italcementi Group's new production facility in Martinsburg, W.Va. The new system is part of a larger expansion project that will help one of the world's largest cement producers meet growing United States demand while ensuring product quality.
The new system will be modeled after one that Honeywell installed at Italcementi's existing Nazareth, Pennsylvania production facility, which is located not far from the new site. By replicating that process control system, Honeywell will minimize engineering and design costs, as well as costs associated with employee training.
"Cement demand in the United States remains at record levels, and Honeywell will enable Italcementi Group to maximize productivity to meet that demand while minimizing cost at the same time," said Guido Chelazzi, Italcementi Group process control manager. "Its local support network, proven track record for project delivery and ability to integrate with its existing systems made Honeywell the obvious choice for Italcementi."
The project includes Honeywell's proven process control and automation platform - the new Experion® R300 Process Knowledge System (PKS) - as well as engineering and on-site services. The process control solution will manage the entire cement production process, covering the crushing, preblending, dosing and grinding of raw material, the burning phase to convert raw meal into clinker and the final grinding of the various cement types.
By monitoring processes and equipment at each stage, the system will ensure quality correctness and maximize efficiency, identifying potential issues before they can cause any kind of problems.
"When responding to growing market demand, manufacturers cannot magically increase production levels," said Mark Neas, vice president and general manager of the Americas for Honeywell Process Solutions. "Determining the most effective way to increase output is a complex strategy that involves making processes and personnel more efficient. Experion achieves this by using best-in-class technology to link both."
Honeywell International is a $31 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, Chicago and Pacific 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.