Hybrid Controller for process and discrete control.

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Rack-based HC900 controller has large screen, factory floor operator interface that provides trending and data archiving. It comes with Hybrid Control Designer software tool that uses graphic objects to represent function blocks, greatly simplifying control strategy development. Controller is available in 3 rack sizes, with 4, 8 and 12 I/O slots. Up to 4 remote I/O racks may be connected to single controller to reduce wiring and installation costs.

Original Press Release:

Honeywell Introduces HC900 Hybrid Controller

When you need more than just discrete control

FORT WASHINGTON, PA, March 28, 2002 - The Industrial Process Controls business of Honeywell [NYSE:HON] has introduced the HC900 Hybrid Controller, an advanced process and logic controller with data acquisition. It offers a modular, scalable design that is sized to meet the automation needs of process industries.

A large screen, factory floor Operator Interface provides users with local trending and data archiving capabilities. The operator interface is fully integrated with the controller database to minimize configuration and setup time. The Hybrid Control Designer is a Windows(R)-based software tool that uses graphic objects to represent function blocks, greatly simplifying control strategy development and improving configuration record keeping.

The HC900's integrated loop and logic control shortens design time; the pre-formatted color displays reduce development time; and automatic tuning and fuzzy logic shortens start-up time.

The rack-based HC900 Controller is a modular, scalable platform available in 3 rack sizes (4, 8 and 12 I/O slots) to handle a wide range of automation requirements. To maximize installation flexibility, up to 4 remote I/O racks may be connected to a single controller to reduce wiring and installation costs.

A variety of analog and digital modules are available to support up to a total of 256 I/O points. Up to 128 universal analog inputs minimize the number of input cards and spare parts required.

The Model 1042 Operator Interface provides a wide selection of over 100 operator friendly preformatted displays and uses direct access display keys. The use of preformatted displays both shortens design time, reducing engineering costs, and facilitates easy operator interaction with the process. Both analog data and digital status information can be viewed in multiple formats on a 10.4" LCD display for clear process monitoring. Displays are available for viewing and changing control loops, setpoint programs, recipes, alarm groups, trends, and other analog and digital functions. A standard floppy disk drive or optional zip drive stores process data and stores and retrieves configuration information, recipes, setpoint profiles or schedules.

The Hybrid Control Designer software provides system configuration using a Windows(R) NT, 2000 or Me based PC. Hybrid Control Designer uses drag-and-drop placement techniques for graphic icons and soft-wiring connections between function blocks to create application specific control strategies. The user-friendly graphic development allows partitioning of the control strategy into multiple worksheets for ease of record keeping, faster access to functional areas during programming and better support for user specified process function identifications. Additional security may be applied to specific segments to prohibit access to proprietary operations while allowing modification of unprotected segments.

For more information on the HC900 Hybrid Controller, contact Honeywell Industrial Process Controls at 1-800-537-6945 (fax #: 815-235-6545). The Industrial Process Controls Internet Home Page address is honeywell.com/ipc. The e-mail address is: info.sc@honeywell.com.

Honeywell is a US$24-billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics; and electronic and advanced materials. Honeywell employs approximately 115,000 people in 95 countries and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HON, as well as on the 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. Additional information on the company is available on the Internet at www.honeywell.com.

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