Yokogawa 6th User Conference 2012
Mission: To provide a platform to facilitate, stimulate and optimise the transfer of information for the mutual benefit of Yokogawa end users, and ultimately the Yokogawa organisation.
| Robert Ytsma, Kisuma Chemicals Bv. Veendam, The Netherlands|
After leaving school in 1992 at the age of 18 Robert started working in the utility branch. After a short period Robert started at the in-company school of Aluminium Delfzijl. Here he became an all-round engineer. During this period he developed an interest in automation and followed several courses in this area. In 1999 Robert started as an E&I Engineer at Kisuma Chemicals Bv. during the building and start-up of this new chemical plant. In 2002 Robert became the E&I Supervisor responsible for Electrical, Instrumentation, DCS Hardware & projects (E&I). In 2005 Robert became also responsible for the process control. During the first expansion (2003) CENTUM CS was migrated to CENTUM 3000R3 mostly to introduce profibus. After 2003 Kisuma expanded every year introducing newer techniques and more automation. In 2008 Kisuma has expanded with a complete new production line including a new control room with the latest on ergonomics and safety. Prior goals for the process control are: Backwards engineering, (putting the control on paper for improvement of the production & alarm handling), further investigation for improvement of security (soft & hardware). During this period Robert became the Maintenance Supervisor, responsible voor all technical equipment. In 2008 Robert also has been chosen Peter Carse’s successor as chairman of the Yokogawa Steering committee.In 2010 Kisuma started preparation to prepare for the future again. The decision was made to increase the amount of employees to be ready for the future. This resulted in an increase of the technical department and Robert became a member of the Management as Maintenance & ICT Manager and graduated in Business administration. In 2011 a kick-off for a safety campaign was started by him, promoting creating human awareness instead of changing only rules and procedures. 健康 & 安全
Dr. Jörg Nothdurft, Evonik Degussa, Germany
Jörg Nothdurft has been director of the Electrical & Process Controls (E&PC) department within the Degussa service unit Process Technology & Engineering since 2002. After graduating in Automation from the University of Hanover, Germany, he received a PhD in Process Controls in 1986 at the Institut für Regelungstechnik in Hanover.
From 1986 until 1989 Jörg worked as a scientist in the Degussa Process Technology department, solving special control problems in various chemical production plants. With his change to the Engineering department in 1990 he was assigned (Lead) Instrumentation engineer for several projects in Germany and abroad. The tasks within these projects covered the phases of conceptual/basic engineering, EPC and start-up. During this period he had to deal with different kinds of plants (batch as well as continous) and with different chemical or fermentation processes in the area of process control and process management. From 1995 until 1998 he took the lead of the maintenance instrumentation department of Degussa Antwerpen NV in Antwerp, Belgium. Back to Germany he became head of the automation group of the E&PC department of Engineering in Hanau (near Frankfurt) and later on in Marl after the merger of Degussa and Hüls. In his current position Jörg is responsible for the area of electrical and process controls in investment projects worldwide and for innovation in these technical fields as well as for on-the-job training of the engineers in the department.
Jaco de Lange, Safripol, South Africa
Leaving the South African Air Force in 1990, Jaco started his career in Process Automation and Instrumentation at the In-house training facilities of the Sasol group of companies while he studied towards an Instrumentation and Control qualification. At Sasol Jaco was involved with the maintenance of all Process Instrumentation disciplines together with numerous projects with the installation, design and Implementation of new PLC and DCS systems, mainly Yokogawa and Toshiba. It was after his involvement in a specific project to migrate a whole Rectisol plant, which used to be controlled by pneumatics and PLC’s to the Yokogawa microXL that Yokogawa South Africa offered him an opportunity to serve as a Systems Service Engineer in 1999. At Yokogawa SA Jaco worked on all the older Yokogawa systems like Yewpack, uXL, Centum XL, Centum CS and obviously the new generations CS1000, CS3000. Jaco left Yokogawa in 2006 to join the current company, Safripol, where he serves as the Process Control Engineer for the Poly Propylene plant making use of the Spheripol technology developed by Basell. Safripol is currently using Centum VP, which was also the first migration successfully done in South Africa from Centum CS. Jaco joined the Steering Committee in 2011 as the representative of the South African Yokogawa customers when Peter Carse (former Chairman of the committee, also from South Africa) left.
Lubomir Korcek, UNIS, Czech Republic
After graduation from the Technical University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he specialized in computer sciences, he started to work as an automation engineer at the Chemical Research Institute in Brno and became familiar with automation for biotechnological and food industry.
In 1993 he left his job and started to work for the UNIS company in Brno, Czech Republic as a programmer of control systems. He became a member of teams of engineers solving reconstructions of power plants, glass plant and others in the 1990s in the Czech Republic. He was working with DCS/SIS from Honeywell, Valmet, Triconex etc., gathered experience with basic and advanced control of boilers, turbines and other types of plants in power generation industry. Later in the 1990s, Lubomir became a control system lead engineer and started to work on projects in Oil & Gas and Chemical industry. At that time UNIS began widely using Yokogawa DCS and safety systems.
In the year 2002 Lubomir became the Manager of Process Control Department of the UNIS company. He also started to deal with Yokogawa representatives from the Wienna office and was involved on solving common projects. Such projects prepared by UNIS in cooperation with Yokogawa were directed especially to Russia, Belarus and to the Middle East countries. Lubomir has been taking part in the DCS and ESD commissioning of newly built refinery units in Iraq over the last three years. All these units are controlled by Centum CS3000 and ProSafe RS.
Lubomir joined the UC steering committee in 2010 as a successor of Mr. Jiri Kovar, the Managing Director of the UNIS company.
Elbert van der Bijl, Yokogawa Europe & Africa, Netherlands
Elbert van der Bijl became a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delft in 1996. After a short period at a Cable Duct company, in 1998 Elbert started working in the Industrial Automation business. He first joined Elsag Bailey Hartmann & Braun which was taken over by ABB. Elbert joined ABB for approximately 10 years and worked as a technical sales engineer and later as account manager supporting the ABB existing customers in the migration to ABB’s latest DCS platform.
Since the end of 2008 Elbert joined Yokogawa to work more internationally in the field of Oil & Gas and PetroChemicals. First in international sales and since the end of 2010 as Marketing Manager Systems with a responsibility for marketing the Yokogawa solutions (CENTUM DCS, ProSafe-RS Safety Systems, STARDOM PLC’s, FAST/TOOLS SCADA, Exaquantum PIMS and all related value added solution packages) within Europe & Africa being the link between the customers and Yokogawa sales people and the headquarters of Yokogawa in Tokyo.
Will de Groot
Will de Groot is Vice President for IA Sales Sales & Marketing at Yokogawa Europe & Africa. He studied Electrical Engineering and started his working career in sales at Philips Electronics in Eindhoven. In 1990 he started to work for Yokogawa in sales, was international account manager, marketing manager, sales manager and became managing director in 2002 of Yokogawa System Center Europe BV (later Yokogawa Europe Solutions BV). In April 2011, he became Vice President for IA Sales & Marketing for Yokogawa Europe & Africa and in this position he also meets with the customers’ management at various other locations in the world (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia, Kazakhstan, Baltic States, etc.) to discuss the optimum in Industrial Automation solutions. From these discussions, direct feedback is provided to Yokogawa’s Corporate headquarters in Tokyo, Japan in global marketing & development networks.
Since early 2007 Massimo joined Yokogawa as Managing Director of Yokogawa Italy, with the responsibility also for Greece, Turkey and Libya. He graduated at Politecnico di Milano in 1979 as electronic engineer, he developed the entire career since 1980 in sales, always in the field of the Industrial Automation and Process Control. He worked for Companies such as Ansaldo Group, Marconi Group, Carlo Gavazzi, Foxboro. Before joining Yokogawa, Massimo’s last assignment was with Invensys Process System, a division of Invensys plc, in the position of Sales Operation & Growth Initiatives Director for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In this role, the main responsibilities, among others, were the Strategic Planning of the Sales Activity, the Account Management Process and the complete Proposal Preparation Process. During this assignment, which brought Massimo to cooperate with really many colleagues in Europe and Middle East, he had the opportunity to experience and contribute to the process of unification that Invensys had started, and that under many respects is similar to the “One Global Yokogawa” strategy.
Herman van den Berg, Vice President IA Delivery & Services, Europe & Africa
Herman’s career started in the nuclear industry where he was responsible to design, engineer and manage small projects. He moved to an International EPC where he was part of the engineering and design team of South Africa’s first off-shore platform (that cleans and separates gas and light condensate and deliver it to the on-shore refinery through two pipes, 65 km from the shore). He was also responsible for the engineering and design of two of the on-shore plants; the Lurgi Secondary Reformers and the Process-water Treatment Plant. He also lead many studies and mining projects in Russia, Laos, Mozambique, Botswana, Peru and South Africa after which he worked as the global Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering Manager for the same company. He joined Yokogawa on November 1, 2005 as Managing Director of YEF-SA and was able to turn the company around from a loss situation to a position where customers trusted us again for major projects, while achieving positive retained earnings. Herman enjoys assisting the IA Delivery & Services business to new heights and position the business as a trusted partner to our customers that has their profitability at heart.