Tokyo, Japan - December 4, 2017
Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces the December 4 release of FAST/TOOLS® R10.03, the latest version of a web-based real-time operations management and visualization software solution that scales perfectly from a small and hybrid SCADA to an integrated enterprise operations & engineering framework, thus enabling higher levels of application portability, modularization, and standardization that will help our customers derive maximum value from their investments over the entire system lifecycle.
Driven by factors such as IoT, Big Data, analytics, and the cloud, a digital transformation is underway that is leading to the convergence of information, operational, and engineering technologies (IT, OT, and ET) in unmanned, remote-controlled, and other operations that go way beyond what has traditionally been possible with DCS and SCADA solutions. To benefit from near real-time transaction processing and other capabilities that already are well established in the IT domain, a growing effort is being made to achieve seamless integration and convergence with the OT domain. As production and delivery cycles shorten and require greater flexibility, the instant sharing of real-time data on operational capacity and conditions for the purpose of production/maintenance planning and forecasting become critical factors for a company's bottom line results. A modern open SCADA platform should be able to bridge the legacy gaps between the IT and OT domains by leveraging OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA), extensible mark-up language (XML), and direct database interfaces. By simplifying operations, automating activities, and enhancing the user experience, CAPEX can be reduced.
Recognizing that most enterprises will take a hybrid approach in their management and control solutions, Yokogawa continues to pursue innovations that will ensure its customers are able to transform their data into meaningful information and get the most out of their investments. This release includes new functions that provide greater transparency by integrating multi-tier architectures and enabling global access to and sharing of a variety of resources.
The Open SCADA platform
FAST/TOOLS R10.03 offers significant enhancements that improve operator efficiency, data processing, application usability, security, and configuration, thus enabling customers to tailor their applications to best fit their work methodologies. It supports the digital industrial ecosystem with open information models that simplify and enhance sub-system integration and diagnostics and enable leaner & flatter architectures. This is done through (cloud-based) virtualization solutions that are managed as a single system.
Oil and gas upstream/midstream, petrochemicals, chemicals, renewable energy, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, mining, iron and steel, and water supply and wastewater treatment
First released in 1978, FAST/TOOLS has evolved from centralized SCADA and HMI software to an enterprise automation environment that is used by Yokogawa's global network to facilitate supervisory control with customers' systems. This state-of-art industrial software benefits our customers through improved visualization, collaboration, decision support, configuration, communication, security, virtualization, deployment, connectivity, operational alarm management/analysis, and data storage/management. The FAST/TOOLS software suite also provides a high-performance process historian with production history archiving and retrieval, along with a web information service that dramatically simplifies the delivery of operation information.
Yokogawa will keep working to improve its entire range of solutions and services, including FAST/TOOLS, with the aim of ensuring safe and highly efficient operations over the entire lifecycle of its customers' facilities.
Yokogawa's global network of 113 companies spans 60 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. Targeting this segment, Yokogawa helps companies maximize their profits by offering a wide range of highly reliable products and working with the subsidiary KBC Advanced Technologies to provide premium solutions and services. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit www.yokogawa.com.
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Operations Management, as it applies to the industrial automation industry, is the process of designing, visualizing, and orchestrating plant production and business systems.
Originating as the Flexible Advanced System Techniques (FAST) project, FAST/TOOLS today is a comprehensive, fully-integrated SCADA application suite. Powerful and flexible, FAST/TOOLS serves installations ranging from 50-point unit processes to multimillion-point offshore production and pipeline systems that extend over thousands of miles.
Our IoT-enabled Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system optimizes automation and monitoring throughout the entire enterprise.