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Honeywell Releases Wireless Equipment Health Monitoring System

December 3, 2007

The device-which can identify probable bearing defects, misalignment, pump cavitations, and impeller wear-includes data acquisition equipment, database management software, and installation services.

Honeywell, in collaboration with SKF, has introduced OneWireless Equipment Health Monitoring (EHM), the latest addition to Honeywell's portfolio of industrial wireless solutions. OneWireless EHM will wirelessly transmit complete spectral information—including vibration amplitude and operating parameter information—from the field to the plant control room, helping reduce equipment failures and improve business performance through lower maintenance costs.

OneWireless EHM is a compact, eight-channel (4X vibration, 4X 4-20 mA) monitoring device that communicates over Honeywell's OneWireless industrial mesh network. It collects acceleration, velocity, temperature, and bearing-condition data and delivers it to process operators and maintenance personnel to alert them of any equipment problems. The device is a cost-effective and efficient alternative to the manual inspections that many industrial facilities employ to monitor the health of rotating equipment, such as pumps, compressors, and motors.

"Wired equipment instrumentation solutions provide effective condition monitoring, but the equipment and installation costs may be impractical, and the few wireless alternatives are very limited in functionality and the information they provide," said Jeff Becker, Global Wireless Business Director for Honeywell Process Solutions. "OneWireless EHM provides all the information needed to pinpoint problems before equipment failure. It acts as another set of eyes in the field and helps technicians better anticipate maintenance and avoid downtime."

OneWireless EHM includes everything necessary to capture and analyze equipment health information, including data acquisition equipment, database management software, and installation services. The EHM software can deduce probable bearing defects, misalignment, pump cavitations, and impeller wear and then translate the data into alarms that can be configured to appear in the plant's distributed control system (DCS) and Honeywell's asset management platform. Additionally, the system can be installed in less than four hours on a pre-installed OneWireless network and readily integrates with Honeywell DCS.

In addition to stand-alone OneWireless EHM components, Honeywell is currently offering OneWireless EHM starter kits, which contain everything necessary to wirelessly monitor between four and eight plant assets, depending on individual facility needs.

About Honeywell
Honeywell International is a $34 billion 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. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. 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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