Record attendance at Honeywell user group meeting

Honeywell announced record attendance at its annual Users’ Group Conference for Europe, Middle East and Africa  (EMEA), which took place in Baveno, Lake Maggiore from 25th-27th October 2011. More than 430 customers from 47 countries attended the conference, demonstrating that this has become the pre-eminent event of its kind for the industry in the EMEA region.

This year’s agenda featured a diverse range of keynotes, Honeywell breakout sessions and customer presentations from companies such as Saudi Aramco, AKSA, Grupa LOTOS, Total Petrochemicals, Qatar Petroleum, and Lukoil.  In addition, a panel comprised of representatives from Honeywell, GPIC, Saipem and ZADCO debated the process industry’s skills shortage, which is becoming more acute every year, and discussed how the industry can promote interest amongst young people in pursuing engineering as a career.

Throughout the three day conference, delegates shared insights and best practice into how greater safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability can be achieved across vertical process industries including chemicals, oil & gas and power, through the use of innovative process control solutions. Session highlights included presentations by Honeywell and Lukoil on how pioneering virtualization and OneWireless technology can be implemented on a large scale in industrial facilities; an area of great interest to many delegates.

Honeywell also made a number of major announcements including an agreement with Cisco which will see Honeywell incorporating Cisco’s new Aironet 1552 Access Point as part of its OneWireless solution of industrial wireless products and services, providing customers with coverage for both Wi-Fi applications and ISA100.11a field instruments under a single infrastructure.

The winner of Honeywell’s fourth annual student competition dedicated to the encouragement of design and innovation in the process industry was also unveiled in Italy. This year’s competition – which focused on the use of Honeywell’s dynamic process simulation technology, UniSim – was won by Igor Krylov from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with his entry entitled “UniSim Design Simulation Combined with First Principles Modeling for Industrial Plant Safety Engineering”.

The 2011 conference, which featured the theme ‘Where Technology Shapes Solutions’ included an extensive demonstration area where Honeywell showcased a number of new solutions including ExperionBatch Manager R410MeterSuite, Fiscal Metering Solution and its OneWireless Adaptor, while live demonstrations of the new 3D training simulation solution MindSafe – developed jointly by Honeywell and Virthualis s.r.l – were also available to delegates.

“Honeywell’s customers come to our EMEA Users Group Conference not just to learn what’s new but also to share their experiences with us and their peers,” said Orhan Genis, vice president of sales, EMEA, Honeywell Process Solutions. “In turn, we listen and learn, using what we hear from our customers to help create products and solutions which better meet their needs. This is what makes the EMEA Users’ Group Conference such an important part of our calendar every year.”

Honeywell’s User Group Conferences are developed by and for Honeywell process automation customers and features educational presentations on process industry innovations and advancements. Each year, the agenda is developed by the Customer Steering Committees, which represent customers from companies such as Shell, Marathon Oil, SABIC, Repsol Oil and LyondellBasell.

A full independent report on this user group meeting, and the Invensys OpsManage11 event in Paris, which took place the following week, and attracted 461 customers, is available in the November issue of the INSIDER newsletter, see http://www.iainsider.co.uk.

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