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Solving complex automation challenges in oil and gas industries

23 August 2010

Honeywell has introduced the RC500 Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), a modular and scalable controller that easily integrates with SCADA technology to give industrial manufacturers tighter control of remote operations. The RC500 is designed to withstand harsh environments and is ideal for remote automation needs such as those found in oil and gas applications.

Solving complex automation challenges in oil and gas industries
Solving complex automation challenges in oil and gas industries

It also can operate using minimal electricity, making it suitable to run on solar power and for providing continuous monitoring of remote, fixed assets.

RC500’s open communication platform integrates seamlessly with Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), one of the process industries’ most widely used platforms for control system automation. When combined with Experion’s SCADA products, the RC500 helps facilities more-effectively manage complex remote automation and control applications such as gas flow metering, data concentrator and communications integration, well-head control, pump and compressor control, block-valve automation and gas stations, leading to a lower total cost of ownership.

With its embedded Linux platform, the RC500 RTU line features models with flexible communication ports and protocol options enabling facilities to easily and cost-effectively expand the system It also supports industry standard protocols Modbus and DNP3. Additionally, RC500 is capable of peer-to-peer I/O transfers, making it ideal for transferring and sharing information between devices in a large network.

Other key features include data-logging capabilities with the option to record I/O values and log them into data files. This means critical data from the field is not missed and is available for analysis. Facilities can easily retrieve the data files and then display them using many applications making the process simple and cost-effective.

The RC500 also features self-resetting fuses, an independent watchdog function for health monitoring and an Ethernet I/O-2 module that delivers the best price per output across all common control applications.

"Knowing what is happening upstream enables refiners to respond quickly to market conditions and adjust product output, and the best way to achieve that visibility is by integrating remote systems into a single automated platform," said Scott Hillman, global solutions director, Honeywell Process Solutions. "The RC500 RTU makes it easier for manufacturers to achieve this integration thanks to greater control, increased system utilisation and lower management costs."

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