Honeywell has announced it has been awarded a contract to modernise a key steel manufacturing plant operated by Turkey's largest steel producer. Honeywell will implement a range of process automation solutions and services at Erdemir Iron and Steel Company's Karadeniz Eregli production facility in Zonguldak, located on the Black Sea. The changes will boost reliability and ease-of-operation at the site.
Honeywell will implement an Experion® process knowledge system (PKS) and two C300 controllers at Karadeniz Eregli. The Experion PKS will give plant operators unprecedented control of the production process and improved decision making in the control room. Operators will be able to access more diagnostics information than they could previously and the system will be easier to use, thanks to the Experion PKS' intuitive user interface. In addition, the open design of the new system will make it easier for Erdemir to modify or extend in the future.
Incorporating the latest process control technology, the Experion PKS will boost reliability and help prevent unplanned shut-downs of the plant. At the same time, the new system's integrated maintenance features will reduce maintenance costs. Honeywell will also deliver a range of services including consultancy, installation, start-up and system training.
"This project is significant not just for the future of the Karadeniz Eregli plant but to our market competitiveness", said Erdemir officials. "Honeywell's solution to our challenges was compelling; their technology is proven, their segment experience immensely strong, and their service and support package was reassuring."
"As Turkey's economy grows, so too does the need for a plentiful supply of raw materials such as steel," said Naci Erakin, country leader for Honeywell Process Solutions Turkey. "With the Experion system, Erdemir's production line will be transformed into a model of efficiency. This will enable it to take advantage of the building boom in Turkey and hold its own against local and global competition well into the future."
Erdemir began operating in 1965 and today has a production capacity of 5.2 million tons per annum of crude steel. The company is Turkey's only flat steel producer and manufactures plates, hot and cold rolled sheet, and tinplate. The Karadeniz Eregli production facility is the company's largest.