The HART Communication Foundation is seeking nominees for the 13th annual HART Plant of the Year Award. The HART Plant of the Year is the only international award presented to end-user companies in the process automation industry to recognize the application of HART Communication technology. Nomination forms, selection criteria, and details are available at www.hartcomm.org.

“Through the HART Plant of the Year Award Program, we are able to provide global recognition for the work of end-users who have demonstrated ingenuity and value in the application of HART technology,” said Ted Masters, Foundation President and CEO, in a prepared statement. “For more than a decade, the recipients of this award have provided powerful, real-world examples of the significant benefits and savings HART Communication delivers throughout plant operations.”

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According to HART, eligible nominees include those companies who have taken the capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration, or are using real-time device diagnostics and process information integrated with control, information, asset management or safety systems to lower operating costs and improve plant reliability; have documented their results; and are willing to share their story with the industry.

Selection of the HART Plant of the Year is based on a plant’s use of HART Communication, not on the size of the installation. Previous recipients include BP (Canada), Clariant (Germany), Dow (USA), DuPont (USA), Mitsubishi Chemical (Japan), MOL (Hungary), Monsanto (USA), PDVSA (Venezuela), Sasol (South Africa), Shell (Canada), and Statoil (Norway).