Honeywell Process Solutions announces the integration and certification of the FMC722 subsea automation protocol with its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) C300 controller as a native interface. This will give offshore platform operators seamless integration of subsea and topside automation systems.
A global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry, FMC Technologies supplies the automation platform as part of subsea production systems for control and monitoring of offshore oil and gas fields.
Within Honeywell’s Experion PKS solution, the Experion C300 controller executes control strategies, interfaces to various types of I/O devices, and directly hosts custom programmable applications. The FMC722 subsea automation interface provides integration of the FMC protocol on the controller, enabling seamless peer-to-peer communication between topside and subsea control assets.
Operators can have access to thousands of process parameters without the need for any intermediate hardware or protocol conversions, leading to fast response, reduced downtime and greater ease of maintenance.
Tracey Haslam, vice president of marketing, Automation Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions explains that the tightly integrated solution puts Honeywell at the forefront of technologies for subsea controls, with their technology offering advantages not only in bringing a new field online today, but also providing lower ownership costs over the lifecycle of the field’s operations due to common engineering, operations and maintenance. Additionally, ongoing developments in the FMC722 protocol can easily be integrated in future versions of Experion PKS.
Haslam adds that the integration and certification of these solutions will boost the productivity of oil and gas field operators and engineers by providing them with a precise view of the field’s process status, while also simplifying the way the subsea automation system interacts with the topside distributed control system.