Industry trend in process instrumentation: Cloud-based solutions to optimize project outcomes

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  Industry Trend in Process Instrumentation: Cloud-Based Solutions for Optimizing Project Results

By Phil Ng, senior global product manager, Honeywell Process Solutions *

Manufacturers are under pressure to improve reliability, performance, and monitoring with less experienced staff. At the same time they must reduce maintenance and operating costs. It is crucial to replace the knowledge of the departing workforce and to fully deploy experienced operators and technicians.

Developing new solutions to make the current workforce more efficient can also meet the expectations of the next generation. These new engineers and technicians desire an integrated experience that they are used to in their personal and commercial applications. Fortunately, the solution to meet the needs of both groups is by no means mutually exclusive. New technologies and solutions for the process industry may reflect the user experience in commercial products.

This article describes how the latest trend in field instrumentation technology – cloud-based tools to improve application validation, device selection, and device commissioning – can improve project outcomes while ensuring the safety and efficiency of industrial equipment. 19659004]

Importance of measurement and control

The industrial sector faces intensified competition and a rapid dismantling of experienced and experienced engineers. As process measurement and control is critical to the manufacturing facility, companies are looking for innovative ways to improve efficiency, increase reliability, minimize risk, and reduce costs.

The process industry sites focus on streamlining operations through enhanced field device functionality. This includes making better use of the intelligence of intelligent instruments. Key priorities include integrating the control system's typical workflow isolation from the transmitter to enhance the user experience, and using smarter devices to exchange valuable digital data among stakeholders. Systems also require robust diagnostics to warn of potential failure events early on, as well as online applications to save implementation time and reduce engineering overhead.

There has long been a separation of equipment and system functions in manufacturing facilities. This resulted in isolated silos of products and solutions to meet the needs of end users. The facilities focus on removing barriers to improved overall performance, helping operators and engineers save time and improving later stages of control and instrumentation projects.

Modification of the Instrumentation Paradigm

With the requirements to optimize plant operation and execute capital projects as quickly and efficiently as possible, time, money, and errors associated with design, ordering, configuration, and set need to be addressed be reduced – above. Experience has shown that traditional station selection can be slow and error prone.

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A key challenge in the project development phase is to interact with teams in different locations around the world and obtain approvals or comments in real time] Conversely, commissioning a device is a lengthy aspect of an automation project. Validation, specification, and pre-configuration activities are just the first steps of development work to implement an instrument in the user's process. After the transmitter has arrived, field technicians and engineers install and connect the transmitter to the target control system. Afterwards, they must verify proper connection with the Distributed Control System (DCS) before putting the device into operation.

Today the paradigm for the selection and use of process instrumentation is changing. Industrial companies can leverage a new breed of productivity tool to take the user experience to a whole new level across the entire life cycle of field devices, from product selection to commissioning. These tools may not be able to fully replace the knowledge acquired by senior engineers, but they definitely help to keep young workers up to date.

Developing Cloud-Based Engineering Tools

In the age of digitization and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud-based selection tools and automated commissioning, testing, and documentation capabilities will help industrial companies achieve accurate and efficient results Select a Process Instrument Technology and Use of Field Devices with an Efficient and Consistent Workflow

Instrument Applications and Validation: Industrial companies can now use a cloud-based application and validation tool (AVT) to help them choose their own Right solution to help technology and configure the right transmitter, so that the factory can supply a ready-made product for a hassle-free experience.

The AVT solution improves the efficiency in the specification and installation of a large number of new field devices common in a plant extension. The tool was developed to:

  • Experienced and inexperienced users to help
  • Enable real-time remote collaboration [194559019] D to find the ideal setup for device applications
  • Simplify device configuration
  • 19659023 ] Reducing Engineering Effort Including Creating Device Datasheets
  • Minimizing Change Selection Error Management

Cloud-based AVT makes it easy to choose the right device and configuration based on the exact parameters of the device application – thus avoiding cost errors in advance of the project. There is an immediate duplication of the selection in the tool, whereby certain stations can be repeated quickly. This feature is useful for projects with many identical transmitter configurations with minimal changes.

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Plant personnel can use a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone to enter technical data about their specific needs and work with other stakeholders through a cloud infrastructure to speed technical decisions and determine the optimal configuration for the required devices in a project. The documentation of the input design parameters and device configuration electronically preserves the design work and allows the automatic creation of a model number for the device that is unique to the configuration requirements. Thus, process instruments can be pre-configured ordered and delivered so that they can be installed in the field, saving installation time.

Use the AVT solution to visualize the device mounting on a container or to level the sensor probe with a stirrer Application is no longer a challenge. A clean, simple and interactive visualization, when inputting data from the process application, helps to make an informed decision. However, the visualization does not end there; Live feedback, such as displaying wetted and non-wetted parts of the field instrument and various process connections, is explained using a 3D model.

Another important aspect of AVT is the support of beginners with limited knowledge of the chemical compatibility of process fluids to various building materials. Thanks to the embedded chemical compatibility table of the tool, you will never pick a wrong material for the part being touched.

In addition, the AVT offers a convenient sharing and collaboration feature that makes it easy for real-time exchanges and device selection by the consultant. Multiple users can view the sender configuration through the link generated by the tool. The collaboration function eliminates the way and saves development time.

The application and validation tool also helps create a standard datasheet that can significantly reduce the amount of manual data entry by engineers. The datasheet can be printed out and electronically downloaded to meet the user's test and documentation path requirements

Automatic Instrument Startup: With the advent of lean engineering workflows, instrument configuration can be made before receiving the hardware, causing dependencies on the schedule. The control system and transmitter configuration will be merged and reconciled with a new ADC (Automated Device Commissioning) function

Project engineers have dealt with complicated and repetitive tasks in the first stages of the project. Lean engineering workflows enable the execution of configuration developments by teams scattered around the world. Another advantage is that the cloud-based engineering work is independent of the project hardware and thus dependencies are removed from the processes.

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ADC eliminates time-consuming work and improves the efficiency of automation projects. It performs several important tasks in the sender connection and the DCS configuration. The tool is designed to:

  • Automate inspection and documentation capabilities for smart devices
  • Automatically bind control configuration
  • Eliminate I / O mappings verification
  • Avoid costly wiring and termination errors
  • Reduce Hours to minutes commissioning time

With an ADC feature, engineers can observe the automatic action that ensures that the right transmitter has landed on the right controller I / O module (I / O). Disagreements are identified and the user can solve them at this moment. Once the hardware configuration is confirmed, the technicians can also perform a loop checkout. The tool's loop test checkout template is easily changed to Excel. Then the automatic device commissioning performs the test according to the plan with scripts. All this happens in an office environment with a single resource – saving valuable time and protecting the staff.


Cloud engineering with integrated tools and automated documentation provides a solution to reduce project risks and plans, reduce implementation costs and effort, simplify operations and minimize lifecycle costs, and improve efficiency due to lower costs Downtime and increased security. 19659004] Ultimately, cloud-based engineering tools will make people more productive and equipment more efficient. They allow for error-free on-site construction and reduce development hours. and simplification and elimination of commissioning steps, shortening the commissioning time of the device. These solutions also enhance usability and improve security through an improved user experience. and help to optimize troubleshooting and repair with new methods and to significantly reduce maintenance budgets.

The integration and flow from one tool to another creates the user experience expected of new and experienced operators, technicians and engineers.

* This article was sponsored by Honeywell

About the Author

Phil Ng is Senior, Global Product Manager at Honeywell Process Solution, part of the Field Instruments portfolio. He has been with Honeywell for over 25 years and his previous product responsibilities included the first real-time on-line corrosion transmitter (SmartCET), the APP Node, the Control Builder and the Point Builder. Phil is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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