Yokogawa to launch advanced version of its integrated system next year

yokogawaYokogawa’s CENTUM VP R6.01, to be released in February 2015, is an enhanced version of the company’s integrated production control system for oil and gas industry

R6.01 marks the first step in the development of an all-new CENTUM VP that will play a central role in Yokogawa’s VigilantPlant strategy for the IA business, the Japanese company said.

Manufacturers today need a high degree of certainty and confidence to achieve timely production, and flexibility to make changes in product and material specifications. This enables them to effectively respond to intense global competition and major market shifts.

Yokogawa said that R6 brings together smart engineering, advanced operation, system agility, and sustainable plant and with it, plant operators can achieve an optimum engineering environment that spans the entire plant lifecycle, from plant design and the engineering and installation of systems and devices to the start-up of production, maintenance, and renovation. In addition, it is also designed to meet the most stringent industry requirements for safe and reliable plant operations and environmental protection.

R6.01 features expansion of Yokogawa’s lineup of I/O devices and introduces crucial new control system components. Combined with an intuitive engineering environment, it dramatically reduces the time required to configure and install a control system.

Some of the features include:
N-IO (Network-IO): A field I/O device with a versatile I/O module that can handle multiple types of I/O signals. Control systems rely on field I/O devices for the transfer of data to and from sensors, valves, and other types of field instruments. Using this data, they automatically control a plant’s operations. Depending on instrument models, the type of electric signal used to transfer this data varies. With Yokogawa’s current FIO device, a compatible I/O module is needed for each signal type.
FieldMateTM Validator: The new CENTUM VP R6.01 features the FieldMate Validator N-IO loop commissioning software, a software tool that is used to verify the wiring and relevant operations for any newly installed field instrument or field I/O device. FieldMate Validator is provided with FieldMate, Yokogawa’s field device management PC software. When FieldMate establishes a connection with an N-IO device, the FieldMate Validator tool can check in real time the wiring of all field instruments, based on the control loop I/O information in the control system’s application software, to verify that they operate correctly.
Automation Design (AD) Suite: AD Suite is an integrated platform that ingenuously facilitates project execution, system integration, and site execution, bringing certainty and confidence through all project phases and the start-up, operation, maintenance, expansion/upgrade, and extension stages of the plant lifecycle.

Besides oil and gas, manufacturing companies in process industries such as chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods, iron and steel, and water and wastewater can also use the application.

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