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Posted by: In: 2011, Partnerships 18 Jul 2012 0 comments

Lin and Associates is expanding our system integrator and solution provider capabilities and has become a Honeywell Industrial Solutions Provider. As a Honeywell Industrial Solutions Provider, we have now added Honeywell Modular Control Solutions to our portfolio that includes Experion HSExperion LSHC900, and MasterLogic.

Posted by: In: 2011, Products 31 Oct 2011 0 comments

Lin & Associates is proud to announce the most anticipated release of the Advanced Graphic Package. The focus of the AGP V4.0 is to provide operators with an effective tool, that is not only intuitive and user-friendly, but will also give them a greater opportunity for success in plant operations. Coupled with abnormal situation awareness and human factors, the qualitative viewing option within each shape has changed the standard approach to high performance HMI. The AGP V4.0 has moved years ahead of it’s competition. Customers can’t wait to implement this package and see the benefits first hand.

For a demonstration of the Advanced Graphic Package V4.0 or to receive additional user information please contact Lin & Associates. A private/group WebEx or a personal on-site demonstration can be scheduled at your convenience.

Posted by: In: 2011, Conference 29 Oct 2011 0 comments

This year’s event was held at the Gaylord Hotel and convention center in Nashville, TN and attended by approximately 2,800 folks. The buzz this year was led by the CHARMS I/O, SIS CHARMS (in Version 12) virtualization (in Version 12), DetlaV simulate – stand alone – on a USB stick, USB management of all of all ports on all boxes on the network, the use of temporary licenses for start-up and commissioning, and advanced alarm management (V13 or V14).
Emerson really touted their emphasis on implementing user centered design into their products at the platform level. We attended quite a few break-out sessions that employed this as a consistent theme. Emerson also chairs a consortium (similar to ASM) called COP – Center of Operator Performance – some interesting ideas coming from this group.
The workshops and break-out sessions were split were between product/service update, control system modernization, business intelligence, optimization, and all off the ‘Pig-Iron’ stuff.  A bonus is the Demo floor, it looked like a scaled down ISA show, making it nice to put your hands on a lot of different instrumentation that is installed in the industry.

Posted by: In: 2011, EMEA, HUG 28 Oct 2011 0 comments

This was an exciting Users’ Group where customers revealed that globalization is affecting Europe – the European Union’s role of being the manufacturing base for the region is shifting to China and Asia while Eastern Europe and the Middle East are emerging as the energy supplier for the region. This transition puts increased pressure on Europe to maintain competitiveness and leadership. Common challenges and trends that emerged during the conference were:

  • Skills Shortage
  • Increased Health, Safety, and Environment emphasis (internal policy and regulation)
  • Wireless Solutions to improve reliability, safety, and efficiency
  • Systems and Enterprise–wide integration creating demand for Process Control Network Security

A skills shortage is being created by retiring engineers with fewer new people to fill their shoes. Europe is seeing a “decline amongst those aged 19+ taking engineering courses”. This combined with many sites that have a 10-12 year gap between their new hires and their next youngest group of experienced engineers is causing a growing concern throughout EMEA across all industrial sectors. One customer even indicated that a technical job posting went two years without anyone even applying. This creates challenges for training younger engineers and transferring knowledge to the next generation of employees while also putting a broader scope of responsibility on each of the remaining employees.

Honeywell emphasized two network-oriented technology areas to help fill the gaps – virtualization and wireless. Honeywell touted both virtual plant scenario training as well as virtualization of systems, running DCS systems in a virtual PC environment and field wireless solutions. Cisco and Honeywell partnered to announce that Cisco will be launching a new industrial access points (AP) – a combination of the Cisco Aironet series industrial Wi-Fi AP and Honeywell’s ISA100-based sensor network radio. The solution provides wireless coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure to minimize total cost of ownership while providing more information (not just data) to guide and help environmental and process awareness for operators.

A strong theme emerged – convergence of IT and Process enterprise-wide solutions are playing a larger role and being leveraged with the goal of gaining better business performance and improving regulatory compliance. Plans have been made to move the TDC to Fault Tolerant Ethernet (FTE) with the eUCN and eHPM nodes that will replicate HPM and NIM functionality and communicate as a peer to the C-series controllers. This continual move to Ethernet-based nodes along with heavy emphasis on Operator Effectiveness and operator-centric advanced solutions such as procedural operations, alarm management, mobile operator/mobile productivity, remote sensing and control, process performance, asset management solutions, operator training simulator, virtualization, virtual plant and integration of networked systems shows how OEMs and customers are leveraging modern Ethernet technology to do more with less people, comply with more regulation, and improve reliability. Wireless and remote networking technology enables more effective collaboration among a few specialists and the many generalists through remote communications and remote access to systems. This technology combined with modern DCS systems capability of embedding knowledge into the systems enables customers to protect their investment in their systems. They can now capture retiring experience before it is lost and protect their intellectual property by embedding it in the system.

These solutions underscore the cyber security and Architecture planning gap. Customers stated that they were thirsty for an unbiased body to publish a security benchmark and have competent experts collaborate with their plants to meet their coming challenges.

Posted by: In: 2011, HUG 20 Jun 2011 0 comments

This year’s Users Group was a big success! Our host, Honeywell, all of the speakers and trainers, as well as the many product demonstrators all made this past week exciting and enjoyable. With attendance well above last year, Lin & Associates found equal success at our demo booth. Armed with our newly designed Advanced Graphic Package, developed for Experion® R400, the Lin & Associates booth was constantly filled with curious customers. Many of them returning with friends & co-workers to share in the excitement. We received great positive feedback and welcomed the suggestions that were shared with us, as well.

If you were unable to see a full demonstration of the Advanced Graphic Package please contact us. We can easily schedule a WebEx demonstration. In addition, feature sheets for our products and services can be downloaded from our website.