Honeywell Process Solutions has announced the availability of the Experion® Orion Console, an advanced display technology. The console builds on Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) control platform, featuring an improved ergonomic design and better displays to simplify control system management, reduce operator fatigue and improve situational awareness.
Other features include a flexible, ultra high definition overview and detailed, touchscreen displays that provide clear status assessments of process operations in a single glance for better and more informed management. This flexibility also enables operators to customize these displays for context specific process issues, and incorporated advanced alarm management and pan and zoom capabilities.
The console’s design has been based on operator input collected on numerous visits to plant control rooms around the world across industries, in both newer and older plants. The design and capabilities are the result of behaviour observations, as well as insights collected in multiple phases at plants, including process startups and during periods of abnormal operations.
Jason Urso, chief technology officer, commented: “The state of plant control today is like putting operators on a sleepless, 12 hour flight in economy class seating and then asking them to make a critical decision that impacts their company’s production and employee safety. Operators need more than just process data to make a decision like that; they need an environment that helps keep them alert, allows them to move about more freely, and presents information more intuitively. The Experion Orion Console was designed with these factors in mind.”
The improved display helps to reduce operator fatigue by allowing personnel to move around the room more freely than before. Paired with wireless-enabled mobile devices, the system also allows operators to view the same displays in hand held devices in other areas of the plant.
“Plants must be designed and built according to a company’s specific production needs, but the control rooms themselves should be built around the operators’ needs”, Urso said. “If you meet the operators’ needs, they can manage the plant more effectively and at optimum levels, which ultimately impacts plant safety, reliability and efficiency more than anything else”.
Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.
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