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Honeywell control room technology ‘transforms efficiency’ of Finnish recycling plant

Control room technology provided by Honeywell Process Solutions has helped a waste-to-energy plant become more efficient, according to the company.

Honeywell says the “Experion Orion Console” has helped boost safety, productivity and environmental compliance at flagship incineration site in Finland.

Honeywell says Riikinvoima, a leading Finnish provider of sustainable energy, has “transformed the operational efficiency” of its flagship waste incineration plant in Leppävirta, Finland, with Honeywell Experion Orion control room technology. 

Based on a human factor study, the two-position Experion Orion Console incorporates intuitive graphics that allow safer, faster and more consistent operations, from process start-ups to abnormal situations and alarms.

Honeywell says the console’s ergonomic design reduces fatigue and creates a healthier working environment as well as higher situational awareness for plant operators.

Juha Räsänen, managing director at Riikinvoima, says: “A crucial factor for the success of this project was a joint workshop, in which we defined key elements of the human-machine interface design.

“Now we are able to control our process in a standardized way, no matter who is running the plant, and react to any changes in the boiler condition quickly.

“This is how we can convert waste into energy in a safer, more environmentally-friendly and efficient way, allowing us to cost-effectively deliver energy to our customers.”

The new technologies are enabling Riikinvoima Oy to run its circulating fluidized bed boiler – the first of its type in Finland – at an optimal level, meeting strict environmental regulations.

In addition to the Experion Orion Console, the Leppävirta site will implement Honeywell’s Field Device Manager, which uses smart instrumentation to perform device configuration and management capabilities.

It will also add Control Performance Monitor, an application that monitors, diagnoses and remedies control asset issues, allowing Riikinvoima Oy to detect problems and predict maintenance needs as early as possible.

Joe Bastone, global Experion product director, Honeywell Process Solutions, says: “This is very much a control room of the future.

“Our solution combines human factors science with advanced technology to present critical data to operational engineers in a totally new way.

“This has helped improve and standardize process control at the site, unleashing new production efficiencies that are strengthening the business.”

Riikinvoima previously implemented Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System and Safety Manager, the company’s flagship distributed control system and its safety solution.

Honeywell also supplied Uniformance PHD, which helps customers make better and faster decisions by using advanced data management. Honeywell was initially selected as a technology supplier by global EPC Andritz Group.