Tokyo, Japan - June 4, 2015
Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Yokogawa and Shell have jointly developed Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation, a software suite that speeds up and simplifies the process of designing, deploying, and maintaining advanced process control applications.
This software suite brings together the advanced process control technology that Shell has acquired by operating its plants and the real-time control technology that Yokogawa has developed as a control system supplier. This product will help companies to improve their productivity. Yokogawa will launch sales of this software suite on June 5, 2015.
Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation screens
Advanced process control systems improve product yield and reduce energy consumption by not only maintaining process values such as temperature, flow rate, and pressure within a set range but also keeping them as close as possible to their optimal set points. Thus, such systems are increasingly being used in facilities such as refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and natural gas liquefaction trains. This new software solution simplifies engineering and improves both operability and maintainability.
This software suite brings the following functionality available within the same platform:
The major features of this software suite are as follows:
Commenting on this joint undertaking, Bert Natalicchio, a Shell vice president responsible for engineering and SMART software, said, "Shell has had a long history in gaining significant benefits by the use of advanced process control and we are fully expecting the Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation to take us to a new level of performance in line with our goal of becoming the most competitive and innovative energy company. Advanced process control allows us to manage production, energy efficiency, product quality and waste minimisation in a coordinated and consistent manner. The relationship Shell and Yokogawa have in the advanced process control space leverages the strengths of each company, resulting in state-of-the-art technology solutions."
Satoru Kurosu, a Yokogawa director and executive vice president who heads the Solutions Service Business Headquarters, said, "This software was developed based on Shell's long experience with advanced control technology and Yokogawa's extensive global track record in providing superior control system solutions, and is expected to help our customers achieve dramatic improvements in productivity. We will continue to provide high value-added solutions that ensure sustainable growth for our customers."
Yokogawa's global network of 88 companies spans 56 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.5 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit www.yokogawa.com.
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The all inclusive Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation brings multi-variable control, quality estimation, complex custom calculations, and operator user interface design all into one application; in doing so, dramatically reducing deployment time and simplifying maintenance for robust performance.