More news (belatedly) from the ARC Forum. Honeywell announced February 7 that it has formed a new business focused on providing advanced open software and services to the process industries. This solution integrates the open connectivity and platform capability of its Matrikon acquisition with its applications and solutions business. Targeted to customers in the mining, chemical, petrochemical, refining, oil & gas and power sectors, it enables deployment of enterprise-wide solutions across their process infrastructure to better control and optimize their manufacturing footprint, better extract information and to make faster and smarter decisions that can transform their business.

“Process companies are increasingly demanding solutions that can work with any control system or application seamlessly across the enterprise,” said Ian Brown, vice president, Advanced Solutions. “With Matrikon’s track record for open connectivity, agility and innovation and Honeywell’s unparalleled lifecycle protection and reputation for project execution and products, customers can now get best-in-class solutions available, matched by industry-beating delivery, consulting and support. We are dedicated to helping our customers get the right information, in the right place, and at the right time whether in the plant, across the enterprise, from the cloud or as smart mobile applications.”

The Advanced Solutions portfolio, which includes offerings such as UniSim, Profit Suite, Uniformance PHD and Matrikon, is a part of Honeywell Process Solutions. According to the company, “This new business area will respond to the need for technology and expertise to turn data into information, information into analysis, analysis to actions, and actions to measurable results.”

Honeywell’s Advanced Solutions business targets critical business challenges such as:
o Accurate material and energy usage monitoring and tracking
o Reducing production losses
o Improving control of inventory levels
o Providing on time product delivery (our customers’ customers)
o Better visualization of information and collaboration within the organization
o Improving business agility
o Meeting regulatory compliance
o Achieving predictable total cost of ownership and lifecycle support
o Mitigating skills loss and reduced work force
o Leveraging expertise remotely
o Embedding process expertise into solutions
o Reducing maintenance expenditures
o Long term realization of return on investment

Honeywell also announced these changes regarding the Matrikon acquisition. MatrikonOPC will be spun out of the Matrikon business and run independently. “This independence is very important to their business model as they continue to provide open connectivity solutions to Honeywell competitors,” continued the press release. Matrikon will no longer be a business unit within HPS— it will be fully integrated into the new Advanced Solutions business (excluding MatrikonOPC). Matrikon products will continue to carry the Matrikon name.

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