Virtual Environment Takes A Unique Slant On Industrial Control

Honeywell’s Experion PKS Highly Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE) is promoted as a fundamentally new approach to engineering and maintaining industrial control systems. An evolution of the company’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), Experion PKS HIVE uses the company’s LEAP project execution principles, software and networking to unchain control applications from physical equipment and controllers from physical IO. Allegedly, this enables control systems to be engineered and implemented in less time, at lower cost and risk, and with simpler, modular builds.  

The solution also transforms the way control systems are maintained over their lifecycle, shifting day-to-day management of servers to a centralized data center, where experts and established protocols mitigate cybersecurity risk, allowing plant engineers to focus more proactively on optimization of their control systems.

  1. Experion PKS HIVE employs three elements that can be used individually or collectively, in tandem with existing systems and infrastructure:
  2. Experion PKS IT HIVE centralizes up to 80% of the IT infrastructure traditionally used in project engineering to lower project delivery and lifecycle costs, better leverage skills, and drive consistent physical and cybersecurity management across an enterprise.
  3. Experion PKS IO HIVE provides flexible IO and control distribution enabling the control system to become a natural extension of process equipment and to facilitate modular and parallel project execution.

The Experion PKS IT HIVE and IO HIVE can be ordered now, with deliveries beginning Q1 2020. Experion PKS Control HIVE will be available in the second half of 2020. For more information, you need to watch the Experion PKS HIVE video below and visit Honeywell Process Solutions.

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