HART Recognizes Evonik's Ingenuity In Using HART Technology
Following research on the use of HART in all phases of the plant life cycle, engineers at Evonik decided to utilize HART Communication throughout their new methacrylates production complex, including design, construction, device configuration, loop check, operations, maintenance and troubleshooting. The complex has more than 2,000 HART-enabled instruments and valves installed from multiple global manufacturers.
Ed Ladd, HART Communication Foundation Director of Technology
“We were impressed with how extensively this greenfield project used the appropriate design and equipment necessary to take full advantage of HART technology and the intelligence of smart field devices,” says Ron Helson, HART Communication Foundation Executive Director. “Integrating HART data into their DCS and asset management systems provides full-time access to valuable device and process information that is often overlooked. Providing this real-time information to operations and maintenance personnel lowers operating costs and improves plant availability.”
“Brainstorming sessions based on technical reports regarding the use of HART in asset management systems led to establishing a more efficient loop check methodology in compliance with international standards,” says Luc Sterck, Project Manager Instrumentation, Evonik Engineering-Automation and Process Management. “As a direct result of this implementation, we cut loop check time and costs by 25 percent. As well, daily troubleshooting of instruments are now mainly performed from the safety and convenience of the control room.”
According to Sterck, benefits realized through the real-time use of HART Communication include: easy configuration of field instruments from the control room; easy calibration management of instruments; online diagnostics and status monitoring of devices; automated documentation of calibration and configuration data into the asset management database; fewer people needed for maintenance; and easy checking/ adjusting of device parameters for better control loop tuning.
“We are now initiating a predictive maintenance program in which priority equipments such as control valves and safety instruments in key implementations receive immediate attention,” Sterck says. “We strongly believe that our plant’s commitment to implement predictive device diagnostics on all HART instruments will bring comprehensive and pertinent operating information to key personnel and therefore assure better plant availability by predicting unexpected failures and avoiding associated downtimes.”
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