Press Release Summary:
Comprised of 2 modules, SIS-Health Monitoring Toolset can be customized for specific plant requirements. SIS-Health Monitoring Local Reliability Database can be applied to any SIS and stores inventory information regarding site's safety instrumentation. SIS-Health Monitoring Analysis Toolset enables operators to analyze, validate, and optimize Safety Instrumented Functions reliability and its Safety Integrity Level. Modules operate standalone or as integrated system.
Original Press Release:
Honeywell Technology Gauges Safety System Health and Reliability
PHOENIX, April 10, 2007 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has introduced a unique set of technology and services designed to help industrial professionals monitor the health and reliability of safety instrumented systems (SIS). By precisely monitoring system status, Honeywell SIS-Health Monitoring reduces unnecessary maintenance and engineering of these systems and minimizes failures, which can lead to safety incidents and unexpected plant downtime.
Studies show that companies can save up to $100,000 to $1 million per year if SIS and their associated Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs) are properly engineered and maintained. SIS-Health Monitoring was co-developed with industry professionals in the maintenance, instrumentation and test engineering fields to address these specific issues. SIS-Health Monitoring also enables better work practices that can lead to 20-30 percent savings on installation and operating costs.
"Experience has shown that a poorly maintained SIS can be costly for any plant in any industry," said Jason Urso, Honeywell Process Solutions marketing manager for Systems. "SIS-Health Monitoring helps facility managers keep tabs on their safety systems, which makes for more-efficient and effective maintenance, increased process availability and decreased production losses."
SIS typically comprise sensors, controllers and actuators that help bring processes to a safe state when dangerous conditions develop. Reports suggest that more than 20 percent of plant incidents are caused by SIS maintenance and testing errors. Often, SIS maintenance and testing are performed too frequently because system status cannot be accurately monitored. This unnecessary maintenance opens the door to human errors that can cause the system to fail. Additionally, the lack of reliability data has lead to unnecessary engineering of SIS, which can also lead to system failure.
Honeywell's SIS-Health Monitoring is a toolset that can be customized for specific plant requirements, conditions and process demands. The current release includes two modules:
o The SIS-Health Monitoring Local Reliability Database, which can be applied to any SIS and stores all inventory information regarding a site's safety instrumentation. Based on the failure behavior of the site's instrumentation, SIS-Health Monitoring can help determine reliability and safety performance characteristics such as trends, demand rates and time-dependent failure rates.
o The SIS-Health Monitoring Analysis Toolset, which enables operators to analyze, validate and optimize the SIF reliability and its Safety Integrity Level (SIL), which is a statistical representation of reliability.
These modules can operate as standalone units or together as an integrated system. They can be universally applied to any type or brand of safety instrumentation.
"Safety instrumented systems are vital assets because they protect lives, processes and equipment, but the systems themselves also need protection through performance monitoring," Urso said.
"Many existing tools, however, are not capable of automatically monitoring the actual performance of an SIS. Honeywell's SIS-Health Monitoring solution addresses that weakness by collecting necessary, meaningful data and giving engineers the tools they need to act on it."
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.