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Honeywell Expands Wireless Portfolio With Gauge Reader


May 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The OneWireless gauge reader from Honeywell wirelessly monitors manual gauge readings from existing dial gauges, allowing operators to analyze critical equipment health and process information, and ma…

The OneWireless gauge reader from Honeywell wirelessly monitors manual gauge readings from existing dial gauges, allowing operators to analyze critical equipment health and process information, and make decisions to improve plant operations.

The OneWireless gauge reader will integrate with Honeywell’s OneWireless mesh network.

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The gauge reader non-intrusively attaches to existing dial gauges without requiring the plant to disrupt on-going processes or remove old gauges, break pressure seals, or run wires. The device provides gauge measurement data that is displayed quickly on operator consoles in the control room and on mobile field devices. The control system can proactively send alerts to operators to notify them when gauges exceed certain limits. The additional data now available to the operator helps improve plant energy efficiency by monitoring compressed air, steam, water, exhaust and venting, and compiling data for energy audits and baselines.

“The gauge reader network was up and running in approximately three hours. In the first two weeks of using it, we were able to detect and develop corrective measures for a potentially costly issue in our plant that we never suspected with our daily manual gauge rounds,” says Mike Long, control system supervisor at Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

“The reader’s monitoring capabilities allow plant operators to spend less time reading gauges and more time on other critical tasks, such as optimizing plant performance based on this additional data,” reports Harsh Chitale, Honeywell Process Solutions vice-president for strategy and global marketing. “It will help our customers analyze trends, save energy, and streamline operator tasks.”

Honeywell Process Solutions,honeywell.com/ps


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