Honeywell has released a distributed control system (DCS) specifically aimed at small-to-midsized plants that want an easy-to-use yet multi-function control system.
The new system, Experion LX, is designed for customers with continuous and batch-process control applications and less than 5,000 input/output points, according to the company.
Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) is integrated into the product, now providing even smaller manufacturers the technology to help improve plant reliability, safety, and efficiency, as well as reduce total lifecycle costs, said Don Maness, vice president of Honeywell Process Solutions, in a
Experion LX is a new purpose-built distributed control system (DCS) from Honeywell aimed at small to mid-size plants with less than 5,000 input/output points. It’s designed to be easy-to-use but still robust enough to handle complex operations.
“Just like large refining plants, smaller industrial enterprises need to manage their processes safely and efficiency,” he said. “With Experion LX, we have made Honeywell’s proven DCS technology available to a more diverse group of manufacturing plants. It provides a purpose-built system flexible enough to meet their specific needs now and in the future.”
Honeywell also has designed the system for easy implementation and configuration, allowing users “to go to market faster and to be more agile in responding to product changes,” Maness added.
Experion LX allows smaller manufacturers to manage all continuous process control applications, as well as optimize batch and sequence-oriented applications, according to
Honeywell. The system also is scalable, with the ability to configure for a single PC or controller to many stations and controllers. It is also able to integrate with a number of existing automation systems, including PLCs, DCS, RTUs, drives, and smart field devices.
On the reliability side, there is no single point of failure in the system. Moreover, for end users with batch processes, the batch execution software operates in a redundant controller instead of a computer. This eliminates the need for extra hardware to provide this function and also reduces communication load and time for execution of each batch phase, according to the company.
Other features and functions of Experion LX include:
- The Experion C300 controller
- Controller-based, S88-compliant modular batch control
- High-performance Fault Tolerant Ethernet (FTE) network
- Profit Loop algorithm for predictive control
- Series 8 I/O module design, which provides a compact footprint
- An option for redundancy at the server, network, C300 controller, or Series 8 I/O modules levels
- Smart device integration through protocols such as HART, Modbus, and Profibus
- A distributed server architecture
Honeywell is selling the new Experion LX exclusively through its network of system-integrator partners.