BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, will turn hazardous waste into steam and electrical power at the world’s largest chemical plant.
Honeywell re-designed the plant’s control room with BASF’s Industrie 4.0 initiative in mind. Virtualization technology delivers consolidated plant information to operators via eight large-screen Experion Orion Consoles, which also embed traditionally separate Microsoft Office desktop applications alongside the distributed control system one. Two Experion Collaboration Stations enable BASF to run production meetings more efficiently by using real-time data and online documents.
The plant’s six incinerators process hazardous waste that cannot be reused or recycled and convert it into steam and electrical power. The clean, reusable energy is channeled back into BASF’s production processes, helping the company save resources and reduce emissions.
The incineration plant serves more than 200 BASF production facilities within the company’s flagship, 10-square-kilometer production site as well as facilities outside the BASF complex. The reliability of the plant is critical to BASF’s wider production operations because any standstill could potentially affect the world’s largest chemical complex as a whole.
In other Honeywell news, the company announced this week that it has extended its solutions to include mechanical systems. As a result, facility managers can gain insight into a building’s performance in terms of its mechanical equipment, identify issues, make the changes needed to optimize the building’s total cost of ownership, the company says.
The new offering, Outcome Based Service for Mechanical Systems, is the latest offering in the company’s Connected Services portfolio. It uses data analytics and sensor-based IoT connectivity to monitor the health and performance of mechanical equipment, helping uncover issues and faults that can impact system performance and efficiency, Honeywell says.
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