Thursday 9 May 2013

Honeywell Integrates & Certifies FMC Subsea Automation Protocol

The integration and certification of Honeywell's FMC722 subsea automation protocol with its Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) C300 controller as a native interface has been announced. A global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry, FMC Technologies supplies the automation platform as part of subsea production systems for control and monitoring of offshore oil and gas fields.

C300 Controller
Within Honeywell’s Experion PKS solution, the Experion C300 controller executes control strategies, interfaces to various types of input/output (I/O) devices, and directly hosts custom programmable applications.The FMC722 subsea automation interface provides integration of the FMC protocol on the controller, enabling seamless peer-to-peer communication between topside and subsea control assets. This solution gives operators access to thousands of process parameters without the need for any intermediate hardware or protocol conversions, leading to fast response, reduced downtime and greater ease of maintenance.

“This unique and tightly integrated solution puts Honeywell at the forefront of technologies for subsea controls,” said Tracey Haslam, vice president of marketing, Automation Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Our technology offers advantages not only in bringing a new field online today, but also provides lower ownership costs over the lifecycle of the field’s operations due to common engineering, operations and maintenance. Also, ongoing developments in the FMC722 protocol can easily be integrated in future versions of Experion PKS.”

“The integration and certification of these solutions will boost the productivity of oil and gas field operators and engineers by providing them with a precise view of the field’s process status,” Haslam said. “Additionally, it will simplify the way the subsea automation system interacts with the topside distributed control system.”

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