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Phillips 66 receives latest ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute Excellence in Automation Award

Phillips 66 was presented the “ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award” for Leadership in the utilization of site-wide wireless solutions for refinery operations.

(Left to Right) , Andre Ristaino, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute,
Managing Director, John Huot, Phillips 66,
 Automation Systems Specialist.

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute presented the Phillips 66 Borger Facility the award at the February 2017 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando during the “Leveraging Smart Field Systems to Create Value in Process Industries”  session, hosted by Tim Shea.

The Borger Facility is recognized for excellence and leadership in testing and deploying site-wide wireless solutions.

The Borger facility was experiencing issues with its tank farms, which were utilizing obsolete gauges and customized, hard to maintain RTU interface technologies.  A key challenge was the large coverage area. The facility’s tank farm covered a 7 mile area, was comprised of 18 independent RTU locations, and used a 3 step protocol conversion process for its data flow.  The assessing team determined the legacy system was no longer supportable due to equipment obsolescence and resources consumed to support heavily customized legacy applications.  

In the team’s search for alternative solutions, key selection criteria required a solution that 1) was permanent 2) was compatible with planned ICS development 3) would not interfere with ongoing plant operations and 4) was easily supportable for a minimum expected life of 15 years. 

The evaluation determined the most cost effective solution was to install commercial off the shelf level gauges and communication infrastructure integrating into a common ICS. 

The team elected to explore the use of wireless communications infrastructure, and followed up with a pilot test of wireless systems from multiple vendors.

Ultimately, the team selected the ISA100 Wireless infrastructure, using Honeywell’s One Wireless®technology.  The team’s selection allowed the maximum density of instruments, demonstrated superior security and reliability, and was easiest to deploy and maintain.

The technology upgrade resulted in an 18% daily throughput improvement in the Borger facility’s blending operations, and increased the speed of data to operators from minutes to seconds.
Following the implementation of the ISA100 Wireless infrastructure, Phillips 66 developed a companywide wireless guidelines and standards document.  The learning from this initial deployment led to a reduction in project time for subsequent wireless initiatives and increased operator effectiveness.

The complete presentation on Phillips 66 work can be found here.

“We are grateful to John for this great oil and gas success story.  This is classic example of improving company operations through selective use of wireless technology,” remarked Andre Ristaino, ISA100 WCI managing director.

About Phillips 66
Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally.  Phillips 66 Partners , the company's master limited partnership, is an integral asset in the portfolio. Headquartered in  Houston , the company has 14,600 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had  $52 billion  of assets as of  June 30, 2017 . For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.

About ISA100 Wireless™
ISA100 Wireless (IEC 62734) is an international, industrial wireless networking and communications standard engineered to serve the needs of process industries. With native IPv6 networking and object architecture, ISA100 Wireless extends the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to wireless.  End users can select ISA100 Wireless Compliant™ devices from a best-of-breed pool of suppliers with assurances of device interoperability. ISA100 Wireless enables automation engineers to quickly create, modify, optimize, and scale wireless networks that are open, interoperable, and reliable for their most critical applications. ISA100 Wireless is the first standard in the ISA100 family of open standards.

Built from the ground up and driven by user requirements, the ISA100 Wireless standard received formal ANSI approval in January 2012 and approval as IEC 62734 in September 2014.  ISA100 Wireless is the only IPv6, 6LowPAN industrial protocol designed for industrial automation.  ISA100 Wireless meets requirements of ETSI EN 300 328 v1.8.1 for coexistence with nearby 2.4 GHz radio devices.

About the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (ISA100 WCI) is a non-profit industry organization that provides users and developers with market awareness, educational information, technical support, and compliance testing for the ISA100 family of standards. ISA100 WCI provides real-world feedback from the deployment of ISA100 Wireless devices and systems to ISA Standards Committees, fostering rapid refinement to the standards.

More information about the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute can be found online at

The ISA100 Wireless and ISA100 Wireless Compliant are trademarks of ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.  All other marks are trademarks of their respective companies.

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