In a highly competitive, tight-margin environment, capital efficiency in executing automation projects assumes greater importance than ever before. Inefficiencies can prove costly, negatively impacting CAPEX planning, return on invested capital and cash flow. Honeywell now introduces a new transformative approach to implementing automation projects with LEAP (Lean Execution of Automation Projects).
Based on the three enabling technologies of Universal I/O, Virtualization and Cloud Engineering, LEAP removes the traditional dependencies that used to force project flows to be sequential in nature, drastically improving the overall project schedule. It enables separation of physical from functional design processes, allowing parallel workflows, using standardized components and engineering that can be done from anywhere in the world.
Universal I/O - Now make late additions and modifications to I/O type with only a soft configuration change
The use of Universal I/O Cabinets enables standardization to eliminate waste and redundancy. This not only reduces the cost of custom engineering, but also lowers documentation and testing requirements and reduces defect opportunities by 60-70%. The savings can impact tens of millions of dollars in hardware and engineering outside of the automation scope of supply.
Virtualization - Reduce plant hardware requirements while benefitting from improved process control system availability
Virtualization allows standardized reference designs for servers and workstations to be built for users, reducing the design effort. It also reduces space, power, cooling and weight, eliminating the associated costs. With the design independence provided by virtualization, users can procure servers and workstations at a later point in the project cycle and benefit from the latest hardware. New virtual machines can also be added without requiring additional hardware, allowing changes to be accommodated without impacting the hardware design.
Cloud Engineering - Decouple automation engineering from physical infrastructure and benefit from remote testing
Honeywell’s virtualized engineering environment allows engineering to happen in the cloud. Now, at the end of FEED, the architecture is replicated in the virtual environment (instead of the traditional laptops), where engineers, owners, operators and subject matter experts all have access to it from wherever they sit in the world – securely. This assures that interactions are obvious and testing performed immediately, and problems solved early, in real time without having to fly people all over the world. In fact, this type of progressive testing, along with standardization can eliminate the need for a huge, centrally located factory acceptance test (FAT). Virtualized engineering saves millions on engineering time and travel, positively impacting schedule and risk.
Honeywell estimates 30% capital savings and schedule optimization by 25% for a project implemented with LEAP. To find out more, visit the LEAP page.
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