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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1996--Honeywell today introduced a series of application-specific nodes for the TotalPlant(TM) Solution (TPS) System that enhance the ability of hydrocarbon processing industry users to manage key automation and information management tasks within a single system.

The new additions to the TPS system will be demonstrated at the National Petroleum Refiners Association 1996 Computer Conference and Showcase in Atlanta, Nov. 11-13. In addition, Honeywell introduced new optimization capabilities, enhanced refinery off-sites management capabilities, and new advanced control services. The Windows NT-based application nodes deliver to TPS users multivariable control, optimization, plant history and batch control.

"TPS allows plants to perform these vital functions in a single system," noted Markos Tambakeras, president of the Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control. "This eliminates the need for custom interfaces and a reliance on multiple third-party vendors.

"The TPS System, with its broad layer of applications, can dramatically affect automation costs," Tambakeras said. "System costs can be cut by 25 to 35 percent, maintenance and support costs can be reduced, and implementation times shorted to as little as three to 12 months." He added that the new TPS System nodes would have applications in industries other than hydrocarbon processing, including chemicals and pulp and paper production. The TPS System was introduced in April as the first system to unify business and control information for the process industries. The system enables flexible manufacturing and better control of the factors critical to making products and profits quality, yield, costs, cycle time and schedules. TPS System users can more easily translate business information into improved plant performance.

The new TPS System nodes embody the following functions:

TotalPlant History (TPH) TPH is the high-performance historian and real-time database of the TPS system. TPH automatically collects and stores data from plant control systems and information system databases. Advanced process control applications can use this data to optimize performance.

Robust Multivariable Predict Control Technology RMPCT is Honeywell's premier advanced control algorithm for effective control and optimization of interactive processes. It provides the intelligence and robustness needed in advanced control to improve process performance and plant profitability. A new extension to RMPCT, TPS Profit, provides cost-effective optimization across an entire plant.

TPS Profitmax

TPS Profitmax is Honeywell's new solution for full rigorous model-based optimization. The solution employs Dot Products' NOVA Optimization and Modeling System. Because the solution is embedded in the easy-to-use TPS, it is easier to implement and maintain than conventional solutions.

TotalPlant Batch

TotalPlant Batch is built on PID, Inc.'s widely accepted OpenBatch software package. It is consistent with SP88 and IEC standards. Graphical tools streamline system and controller configuration.

In addition to the TPS System application nodes, Honeywell introduced a new module for its Oil Movements and Storage (OM&S) solution for flexible and reliable refinery off-sites operations. The Path Finder Module substantially enhances the ability of OM&S to monitor, control and optimize tank farm operations in ways that help catch abnormal situations before they occur and minimize their impact if they do so.

Honeywell also introduced a set of Advanced Process Control (APC) Solution Services, intended to provide users with the expertise they need to keep the advanced process applications running. Services include periodic on-site visits and performance reviews, continuous remote monitoring, monthly reports, phone and on-site troubleshooting, ready access to product and technical information and automatic software updates.

For additional information, write to: Honeywell Inquiries, 2800 Wells Branch Parkway, Austin, TX 78728. Inquiries also may be made to Honeywell by phone, 1-800-288-7491, or by fax, 512-244-9222 or via Honeywell IACUs Worldwide Web Site at:

Honeywell is a global controls company focused on creating value through technology that enhances comfort, improves productivity, saves energy, protects the environment and increases safety. The company services customers worldwide in the homes and buildings, industrial, and aviation and space markets. Honeywell employs 53,000 people in 95 countries, and had 1995 sales of $6.7 billion.

CONTACT: Dan Sussman

Honeywell Inc.

Industrial Automation and Control

16404 N. Black Canyon Highway

Phoenix, AZ 85023

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