Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has introduced a documentation and change management software that will help its customers’ industrial control system integrity.
Honeywell TraceTM replaces paper-based records and spreadsheets with an automated solution. This helps to minimise errors due to changes in configurations, as well as improve worker productivity, and simplify automation asset management by providing a single integrated view of complex system interactions.
Around the world, many process industry organizations need to meet critical management of change (MOC) challenges within their operations. In particular, plant owners/operators need to know who is interacting with control systems and when changes have been made. They also require a clear understanding of configuration anomalies.
John Rudolph, Vice President and General Manager, HPS Lifecycle Solutions and Services, said: “Driven by the growth of our outcome-based programs and a commitment that all processes and tools deliver more efficient service, it is critical that we have the ability to quickly collect and accurately report on system information, configuration history and performance conditions […] Honeywell Trace responds to these key requirements, providing critical data that lets users know what, when, and why actions were taken and how they compare to actions in the past. The precision and comprehensiveness of its change analysis can reduce several days of manual effort.”
Honeywell Trace is a data collection solution that helps expand the visibility of control configurations while automating the documentation of traditional tribal knowledge and actions taken by plant personnel. These improvements will enable companies to enhance regulatory compliance, reduce configuration errors, spend less time in project planning, and minimise troubleshooting and forensics effort.
The solution enables plant managers, safety managers, engineers and others to see how the facility is divided and view changes that have occurred to a group of components over collected snapshots. Operations can continue as usual during data snapshots, as the software does not impact the engineering system during collection periods. Personnel can learn how changes impact performance through system health reports, better understand data flows and logic, and avoid problems during maintenance.
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