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. 

​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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