Honeywell unveils remote monitoring service natural gas plants
The platform allows plant managers to monitor water removal and curb energy consumption
Designed for natural gas processes found in natural gas plants, Honeywell UOP has launched its new Connected Plant ARMGuard system, a remote monitoring service that helps plant managers to better manage energy consumption and improve water removal.
Optimising how natural gas processes oversee the adsorbents used to remove water from natural gas, the new platform integrates is designed to integrate with existing plant instrumentation.
From there, ARMGuard can help realise efficiencies within a number of processes, which includes the adsorption cycles and operation under variable feed conditions, as well as reducing energy consumption and costs due to unscheduled shutdowns.
Ken Stacherski, VP and GM of Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties at Honeywell UOP, shared: "The ARMGuard system monitors the performance of our adsorbents to advise how the dehydration process can be kept running efficiently and reliably."
He added: "The more effectively you can manage your adsorption system, the more effectively you can keep the unit on-stream and operating profitability."
In addition to collating and analysing data from the adsorbent unit, Honeywell's ARMGuard platform can detect process upsets. This enables the system to then make recommendations for the adsorbent regeneration cycles, which in turn help to increase adsorbent performance and forecast future maintenance.
Once connected to a customer's corporate data historian, Honeywell boasts that the system can help both reduce energy consumption and increase adsorbent life by 20%.
"Nothing like this has ever existed before because it's a software-based service dedicated specifically to dehydration, and it compares plant operation to proprietary UOP process models," said Stacherski.
"As a result, these models reference the true capability of the adsorbent, not just the past operation of a plant."