The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is currently seeking nominations for the 6th annual HART Plant of the Year Award. The global award is presented annually to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications. Nominations are encouraged from all world areas and will be accepted through May 31. Nomination forms are available at www.hartcomm.org.
We are seeking the innovators who have taken the capabilities of their HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration and have discovered new and better ways to use the HART technology already in their plants, says HCF Executive Director Ron Helson.
The HART Plant of the Year winner receives an award plaque to display at its facility, special recognition at an international trade show, exposure to the global industry press and a full feature article in a major trade publication. Information also appears in the Foundations HARTLine newsletter and on the HART website. An official awards presentation is held at the plant site.
The HART Plant of the Year is the only public award presented to end user companies to recognize ingenuity in the application of HART technology. We want to recognize the hard work and creativity of those engineering teams around the world who are using the information in their intelligent devices to help them keep their plants competitive, says Helson.
End users can nominate themselves or suppliers can nominate a plant. Nominations should include a description of how the plant is using the diagnostics and other intelligent capabilities of HART-enabled devices in real-time applications with plant control, safety and asset management systems to improve operations, lower costs and increase plant availability.
Previous recipients include: BP Canada Energy (Alberta); Sasol Solvents (South Africa); BP Cooper River (South Carolina); Clariant (Germany); Detroit Water and Sewerage (Michigan); and DuPont (Mississippi).