And the Oscar Goes To…Sushi Sensor (Part 2 of 2)

And the Oscar Goes To…Sushi Sensor (Part 2 of 2)

11. January 2020

Prospects: NOA channel (Namur Open Architecture) and M+O sensors (monitoring and optimisation)

NOA: existing automation structures are opened up and expanded so that innovations like IIoT, Industry 4.0 or the digital transformation are utilised on the way towards smart manufacturing, while the same time maintaining functional safety and cybersecurity. Of course without losing the advantages of the existing automation!

M+O stands for Monitoring + Optimisation. Rather than measuring process variables, M+O sensors monitor process components. They determine whether and how these components change. Whether they are operating in an optimum, low-load and low-wear range – or in a high-load range that causes a high level of wear.

Sushi Sensor: the smallest IIoT trigger

The first requirement is clever, safe & secure networking coupled with interoperability. The interoperable Sushi Sensors have a standardised interface and uniform data structure. This means the Sushi Sensor documentation contains a detailed representation of the data stream as well as the relevant information. Diverse opportunities for collaboration are opened up in this way. For example with software applications and/or services of third party suppliers.

Another interoperable highlight of the Sushi Sensors: Near Field Communication, NFC for short. This is a contactless, radio-assisted connection technology for reading and exchanging information simply over short distances. NFC is a standard technology based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) – and hence interoperable. No internal power source is needed to transmit information wirelessly over short distances (two to ten centimetres). NFC also ideal when it comes to security – as it is often one of the most secure authentication methods owing to its unique identification.

Another significant point regarding interoperability of Sushi Sensors is the LoRaWAN® communication technology. Thanks to standardisation and an accredited certification system, the LoRa AllianceTM provides the interoperability required to scale LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) networks. This makes LoRaWAN® the first solution for global LPWAN implementations.

Sushi Sensor = M+O sensors

Parallel to this, the Sushi Sensor is based on the requirements for M+O sensors (“Monitoring + Optimisation”) according to NOA (Namur Open Architecture concept), which are currently being formulated by NAMUR. In this respect, M+O sensors are used to monitor and optimise plant components. Completely in contrast to sensors that measure the properties of the process medium. This means the M+O sensors cover both conventional measuring principles as well as innovative approaches.

Additional functionalities:

  • Interoperability: standardised interfaces plus uniform data structures for easy access to current data and individual histories.
  • Established and available communication technology with low energy consumption, long ranges of several kilometres as well as an eye on infrastructure costs.

They therefore allow deep insights into the condition of a process plant to be gained.

Why the Sushi Sensor is the ne plus ultra

The synergy of smart IIoT product solutions – Sushi Sensors – plus state-of-the-art data analysis embedded in digital platforms enables autonomous operation to be achieved step by step.

We at Yokogawa combine in-depth asset management knowledge paired with digital transformation expertise to support our customers in a rapidly changing economy in line with our guiding principle of “Co-Innovating tomorrow”.

Do you have any questions about the Sushi Sensor or would you like advice on autonomous operation? Then you are welcome to contact us at any time. As a competent and trustworthy partner we are happy to help.

You can find the second and first part of this article HERE.


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