Honeywell Intros Distribution Automation SystemJune 17, 2009
Terminal Manager improves safety, minimizes product loss and effectively tracks shipments for process manufacturers.
PHOENIX, AZ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) released Terminal Manager, a new distribution-automation system designed to help process manufacturers more safely and efficiently load and unload trucks, rail cars and ships in bulk-liquid terminals. The solution optimizes the distribution process by linking terminal operations into Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), one of the process industry's most widely used platforms for control system automation.
Terminal Manager is the latest addition to Honeywell's Terminal Automation Solutions (TAS) portfolio. Through Experion, Terminal Manager integrates with subsystems such as safety and security solutions, advanced control applications such as blending and movement, and most standard equipment found at terminals including weigh scales, flow computers, tank gauges and automated valves. This integrated approach allows manufacturers to limit risks involved with filling large tanks with volatile products and to keep constant tabs on all products that come into and leave their terminals.
"In today's business environment, manufacturers are forced to find every way possible to manage costs, and improving terminal efficiency is one of the most significant enhancements that can be made," said Scott Hillman, director of marketing. "Reducing the amount of lost product, ensuring orders are correctly shipped and better protecting employees and assets is the formula for smoother operations at these facilities."
Terminal Manager provides a secure database for a variety of information, including the custody-transfer transaction data from instrumentation, which provides legal-transfer points for billing and tax purposes; vehicle/driver data on each vehicle that enters the terminal to match orders to the right vehicles; and inventory management data that interfaces to pipeline and tank monitoring systems, providing detailed balance reports.
The database houses order and shipment data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which helps support the invoicing and payment of products before vehicles leave the terminal. The system also provides a secure audit trail that captures the minute-by-minute history of each event and activity in the terminal. This allows the refinery to detect even the smallest product losses caused by incidents such as theft.
Additionally, Terminal Manager integrates with safety solutions such as fire and gas detection devices, overfill sensors, ground detection devices and safety controllers such as Honeywell's Safety Manager. This integration enables the system to identify abnormal conditions before they escalate into safety incidents.
"Some manufacturers may mistakenly believe that process automation is only applicable to activity within a plant or refinery," said Hillman. "Terminal Manager, however, was designed to help those manufacturers extend process automation to their distribution networks. This strategy enables solutions such as Experion to further protect the bottom line."
Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, NJ, Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.
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