Yokogawa releases new production control system
Tokyo, July 21, 2014
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the release of Centum VP R5.04, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship integrated production control system.
This new Centum release features enhanced alarm and batch functions, it said.
The development of Centum VP R5.04 is the outcome of a steady effort to improve this system, which is the cornerstone of Yokogawa’s IA business’s VigilantPlant vision, the company said.
R5.04’s enhanced alarm function improves operational safety, and the enhanced batch function meets specific requirements of industries, such as specialty chemical, which is being targeted under Yokogawa’s Evolution 2015 mid-term business plan, it said.
The major target markets for the product are manufacturers in process industries such as oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, and water supply and wastewater treatment. Its applications include monitoring and automatic control of plant operations.
Some of its main features include:
* Visual and audible indicators: With the Centum system, a prominently coloured tag mark is displayed on the HMI screen next to any measurement reading that falls outside the normal range. With Centum VP R5.04, these coloured tag marks now come in a variety of easily recognisable shapes that indicate the importance of a measurement item and the severity of an anomaly (critical, high risk, medium risk, low risk, etc.).
* New audible alarms have also been added to provide information on the severity and equipment location of an anomaly. Through the use of colour, shape, and sound, operators can quickly and intuitively recognise the significance of a specific alarm, thereby allowing for improved operational safety.
* Highly efficient batch process engineering: With batch process manufacturing, a recipe must be defined for each product. A recipe consists of a procedure and a formula: the procedure is a description of particular processes such as feed and temperature control that will be employed, while the formula specifies feed quantity, temperature, and the like. While procedures and formulas are usually defined separately, it is advantageous in certain batch applications if both can be defined together on the same screen. The product’s4 batch function has been enhanced by adding this capability, and this allows end users to efficiently perform the engineering required for each definition method.
With Centum as its core platform, Yokogawa continues to improve all of its production control systems. Currently, Yokogawa is developing the next-generation Centum VP based on the following four concepts: hyper-intuitive operation for safe and highly productive plant operations, total automation management for efficient engineering of all instrumentation, an intelligent plant conductor that optimizes the operation of an entire plant at minimum cost, and a sustainable plant that maintains high efficiency throughout its lifecycle, it said. -TradeArabia News service