Global media representatives gathered digitally last week to “chat” with Honeywell Process Solutions’ CEO Darius Adamczyk. His agenda was to promote the upcoming Honeywell User Group (HUG) coming up in Phoenix on June 16-22. It also marked his first anniversary in the CEO role, and he expressed his continued enthusiasm for the position and Honeywell’s place in the industry.

I, unfortunately, will not be there. I have some meetings in the Chicago area, a graduation in the family, and the fact that I’m on my own right now–all conspiring to keep me out of the desert.

The conference is always a great learning experience, and this year HPS is picking up on a couple of trends. Bringing the operator control room of the future into reality is one of the focus points for the conference. Cybersecurity solutions will be another highlight, sharing with collaboration tools and services.

Around 1,000 attendees – representing major oil and gas, refining, chemical, pulp and paper, and metals and mining companies, among others – are expected to participate.

According to Honeywell, “In recent years, the conference has helped introduce manufacturers to advancements such as control system virtualization, universal input/output (I/O) technology, and smart instrumentation that have transformed the design and operations of today’s industrial processing facilities. This year’s event will highlight more than the technology that links the corporate boardroom to the plant floor. Attendees will discuss the growing importance of preventative and corrective services that keep plant automation systems running at top performance levels, while easing the burden on their workers.”

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