Experion PKS Orion – Process Control Beyond Distributed Control Systems

Experion PKS Orion – Process Control Beyond Distributed Control Systems

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​Honeywell redefined industrial automation with Experion® PKS (Process Knowledge System), the first enterprise-wide distributed control system (DCS) designed to unify people with process, business requirements and asset management.

Experion PKS Orion combines this approach with the newest in Universal Channel Technology, the industry’s most complete portfolio of turnkey Experion Virtualization Solutions, and superior HMI with Experion SCADA and Experion Collaboration Station. The latest release features technologies that, along with Honeywell's project implementation services, support a paradigm shift in project execution.


Experion PKS Orion integrates people and processes for better performance; the automation system is designed to merge traditionally disparate functions and systems across the manufacturing enterprise. It captures the knowledge of plant personnel and their workflows to deliver sustainable efficiencies. A common and consistent HMI over the entire process control system provides the essential foundation for improving operator effectiveness. The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium guidelines embedded in Experion PKS Orion result in better overall collaboration, allowing plant personnel to make better decisions to improve business performance, safety, efficiency and agility.

The latest release of Experion PKS Orion supports Lean Execution of Automation Projects (LEAP), a new methodology that separates physical from functional design, thus enabling parallel workflows, use of standardized designs, and engineering to be done from anywhere in the world. It enhances Honeywell's project implementation services with three innovative technologies – Universal Channel Technology, Virtualization and Cloud Engineering – to improve project schedule, cost and risk. 

Experion PKS Orion employs a distinctive portfolio of scalable capabilities for project execution and system management. Experion Virtualization Solutions and remotely-configurable Universal I/O cabinets allow for late-stage design changes, reduced footprint, and minimal hardware required for implementation. 

Honeywell’s approach reduces, and in some cases, even eliminates marshalling, simplifies engineering and configuration during the design phase of a project and can save up to 33% of installation costs. Experion Collaboration Station and Experion SCADA’s superior HMI give users the ability to share information across multiple locations and simplify engineering and operations across thousands of distributed assets. In addition, Experion PKS Orion supports on-process migration for easy access to valuable new capabilities without unnecessary downtime and production losses. Honeywell is the only DCS vendor to include built-in security to prevent costly downtime and safety incidents.

Experion PKS Orion offers several benefits to users, including:

  • Improved Performance – Connecting people and knowledge, it merges disparate functions and systems for better decision-making

  • On-Time, On-Budget Project Implementation – Experion PKS Orion leverages a global network of engineers and design centers, and proven methodologies and tools for unsurpassed project execution

  • Lifecycle Investment Protection – It enables cost-effective process and plant management while helping users keep pace with evolving technology through extended lifecycle support, and flexible and easy migration paths, including through virtualization. 

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Field Service Specialist QualificationsHoneywell’s Site Support Specialists and Field Service Engineers are highly trained and certified technicians who help users maintain peak operating performance and maximize the ongoing value of their control systems, measurement and control devices, field measurement instruments and installed solutions. 318.58 KBApplication Note15 Sep 2015
Natural Gas Operators Can Benefit from Honeywell Portfolio of Integrated SolutionsHoneywell's broad portfolio of integrated solutions spans from wellhead to the end user providing lower TCO and increased asset utilization to help maximize profitability.153.18 KBArticle Reprint9 Jun 2015
New Approach for Shortening Schedules and Minimizing Risk on Automation ProjectsTraditional delivery models for automation solutions generally follow the standard engineering process of define, design, manufacture, configure, test and install. The optimal approach for automation system delivery is to extend the definition for as long as possible to delay the start of design, as well as the impact of changes on downstream processes. 412.85 KBArticle Reprint5 May 2014
Experion Smart Plant Instrumentation(Intools) AdapterProduct Information Note for Experion integration to Experion Smart Plant Instrumentation(Intools) software.301.65 KBProduct Information Note15 Oct 2013
Safety Manager - Product Information NoteHoneywell’s Safety Manager, part of the Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS), enhances the safety, reliability and efficiency of critical processes.200.94 KBProduct Information Note4 Sep 2013
Experion PKS BrochureUpdated brochure outlining benefits for the various disciplines across the plant. Includes 4 alternate covers representing the different people Experion benefits; all can be used during the same event or customer visit.3.74 MBBrochure2 May 2013
Industrial Boiler Control PKS Solution Note on Industrial Boiler Control PKS.86.71 KBSolution Note26 Feb 2013
Experion PK Boiler Control for Fossil Fired Boilers Solution NotesSolution Notes on Boiler Control for Fossil Fired Boilers.240.44 KBSolution Note19 Feb 2013
Burner Management SystemSolution Note on Experion PKS Burner Managment Systems.140.53 KBSolution Note19 Feb 2013
Experion Universal Process IO Product Information NoteUniversal Process I/O improves your project’s performance by simplifying your process control system infrastructure.119.08 KBProduct Information Note26 Nov 2012
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Magma_Installation_Instructions_HWDOC-X279-en-AThis document provides detailed information on how to use the Magma PCI Expansion Chassis with Honeywell-configured Dell servers.1.02 MBSupport Document2 Dec 2014
Experion PKS R430.2 Controller Patch Controlled Release 1Experion PKS R430.2 Controller Patch Controlled Release 1 delivers fix for PAR 1-33Y4ZQL29.06 MBSoftware Download7 Nov 2014
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Experion PKS Technical Note # 338Assigning CDA/TPS points to Experion standard history638.8 KBSupport Document4 Nov 2013
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Motiva Successfully Migrates from TDC 2000 to Experion® PKSMotiva Successfully Migrates from TDC 2000 to Experion® PKS96.78 KB4 Nov 2015
DuPont Shares Impact of Effective Tools for DCS ConversionDuPont Shares Impact of Effective Tools for DCS Conversion219.28 KB4 Nov 2015
Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery Upgrades to Experion® Ratio Controller (ERC)Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery Upgrades to Experion® Ratio Controller (ERC).97.11 KB19 Oct 2015
Honeywell’s integrated control and safety expertise helps HLJOC’s offshore oil platform start production ahead of scheduleExtracting oil from the sea bed and transporting it is both complicated and dangerous. Technologies, skills and resources must be well orchestrated to achieve safe and profitable operations. The ICSS is critical to this effort, ensuring safe and effectivecontrol of the process at the wellhead, while the F&G system in turn assures the safety of the process and employees.265.59 KB13 Jul 2015
OJSC Angarsk Petrochemical work with Honeywell to Improve Productivity and Operator Efficiency at Coking UnitThe project involved replacing the legacy control system with a modern, reliable solution to simplify operation efforts and enhance output and production control efficiency. 224.51 KB3 Jul 2015
Sappi Gratkorn Increases Process Visibility and Operator Efficiency with ExperionSappi completes an error-free, on schedule transition to newer technology migrating MXOpen QCS systems to Experion MX and the TP Alcont DCS to Experion PKS, fully integrated with Safety manager, PMD and PHD.475.92 KB1 Jul 2015
Yerevan Power Plant Improves Process Control Efficiency and Reliability with Experion® PKSWhen constructing a new power generation plant, Yerevan management was faced with equipping the facility with a reliable control system that would meet all of its operational requirements. The contract to supply automation equipment was signed by Honeywell and Yerevan.169.08 KB16 Jun 2015
TRONOX Cooljarloo Control System UpgradeHoneywell and Tronox worked together on a control system upgrade that addressed obsolescence issues associated with the R201 installed base and executed it in a manner that minimized the impact on Tronox operations.223.8 KB10 Jun 2015
Qatar Petroleum NGL Plant Completes Successful Experion On-Process Migration The project included Station and Server hardware upgrades, software release migration to Experion R430, and existing CNI migration to the latest FTE technology. The greatest challenge was migrating CNI to FTE since no tool was available to migrate this technology On-Process. 247.41 KB31 May 2015
Wiri Oil Services Protects Hardware Investment with Experion PKSWiri Oil Services developed a project plan to upgrade its process system technology. Turning to Honeywell, the company upgraded to Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), enjoying benefits of faster data access, reduced installation and data costs.201.12 KB18 Aug 2014

​Training, maintenance and support are critical aspects to consider when choosing a technology partner. Honeywell offers world-class training through our Automation College as well as comprehensive maintenance and support services designed to leverage your physical and intellectual assets and help you sustain and increase their value and performance over time.

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