Honeywell to upgrade automation for Idemitsu at Japan refining complex

Idemitsu Kosan has selected Honeywell’s Experion process knowledge system (PKS) to modernize the integrated control room at its Tokuyama refining and petrochemical complex to promote operational efficiency, safety and reliability, officials said on Thursday.

Idemitsu Kosan, one of Japan’s largest refining and petrochemical companies, said it hopes to modernize its control systems while adopting global best practices and business applications that can be added onto the Experion architecture quickly and with minimal disruption to operations. 

“This modernization project will give us greater effectiveness and efficiency as we work to meet Japan’s need for energy diversification,” said Takashi Matsushita, general manager of the manufacturing and technology department for Idemitsu Kosan.

As a part of this modernization effort, the company will deploy abnormal situations management, alarm management, and cyber-security solutions.

“Honeywell is committed to helping Idemitsu Kosan’s drive for sustainability,” said Marc Kroll, Japan sales director for Honeywell Process Solutions.

“With Experion PKS, disparate data across various facilities are integrated into a unified automation system," he added. "This approach enables Idemitsu Kosan to attain greater operational and business efficiencies in its operations.”

The implementation of Experion PKS began in late 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

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