Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced the introduction of its Experion Local Control Network (LCN) solution. This new offering enables the incremental upgrade of the company’s legacy TotalPlant Solution (TPS) control system to allow for a secure, seamless integration with Experion PKS. The Experion LCN solution provides users with standards-based functionality, regulatory support capabilities, and integrated operations from the field through the plant to the business level.
Honeywell’s on-process incremental upgrade to Experion LCN modernizes the control system infrastructure and enables deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Existing control strategies, field terminations, applications, history and graphics can be retained, allowing users to focus on high-value improvements.
Using Honeywell’s proven Experion Fault Tolerant Ethernet (FTE) infrastructure, the new Experion LCN bridge connects Experion to Classic Coax LCN. Once this connection is established, the LCN coax connection can be removed one LCN node at a time. Instead of a hardware connection for every Experion TPS node, only one redundant Experion LCN bridge pair is needed to enable virtualization.
Honeywell’s TPS modernization solution minimizes operating disruptions and maintains overall consistency, as well as delivers lifecycle advantages. After modernization, the control system can have a common Human Machine Interface (HMI) and unified physical control network, enabling control devices to easily integrate/expand with the latest generation of Experion PKS controllers and safety systems. The advanced control solutions and new functions within Experion PKS controllers can additionally improve the effectiveness of plant operations.