Tokyo, Japan - November 1, 2019
Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces the November 15 release of ProSafe™-RS R4.05.00, an enhanced version of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system. ProSafe-RS is a core product of the OpreX™ Control and Safety System family.
This latest version of ProSafe-RS has a new processor module with a Yokogawa-developed microprocessor unit (MPU). The use of an MPU of Yokogawa's own design eliminates the risk of disruptions caused by the modification or discontinuation of commercially available electronic components, ensuring the long-term stable provision of the ProSafe-RS system. This version of ProSafe-RS also features an enhanced function that speeds up system software upgrades and a new function that helps to prevent operator errors. With these enhancements, Yokogawa is helping to ensure safety and sustainable operations over the entire lifecycle of plant operations, from commissioning to end of service.
In energy and basic materials industries such as oil, gas, petrochemicals, and chemicals, safety instrumented systems are employed to safely initiate emergency plant shutdowns whenever abnormal conditions are detected, and they operate as part of fire and gas systems that annunciate alarms and initiate appropriate countermeasures if toxic gas, flame, smoke, or heat is detected.
Rapid advances in technology are resulting in ever shorter lifecycles for the electronic components that are used in a wide variety of products and systems. When an electronic component is modified or discontinued, suitable substitutes are not always commercially available. As a result, manufacturers must often make significant modifications to their products and systems. To address such needs and thereby ensure long-term support over the entire plant lifecycle, Yokogawa has developed components of its own design for ProSafe-RS and has added and enhanced functions that help to keep software up to date and improve operability.
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Released in February 2005, the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system helps prevent accidents by detecting abnormal conditions in plant operations and initiating emergency actions such as a plant shutdown. An independent certification body has certified that ProSafe-RS can be used in SIL3 applications by TÜV Rheinland. Unlike conventional safety instrumented systems and distributed control systems, which are regarded as having different roles and functions and operate separately, the operation of ProSafe-RS and the CENTUM integrated control system can be fully integrated. ProSafe-RS is highly regarded by users and has been installed in more than 2,600 projects worldwide (as of October 2019).
Extending its efforts to support the safe operation of plants mainly through the ProSafe-RS safety integrated system, Yokogawa has been proposing services, systems, and software packages comprehensively under the concept of Sustainable Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) Solution, which is a systematic consolidation of approaches to support continuous and safe operations, since 2017.
Oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, water supply and wastewater treatment, non-ferrous metals, metal, cement, etc.
For use in fire and gas systems (FGS), burner management systems (BMS), and emergency shutdown systems (ESD)
OpreX is the comprehensive brand for Yokogawa's industrial automation (IA) and control business. The OpreX name stands for excellence in the technologies and solutions that Yokogawa cultivates through the co-creation of value with its customers, and encompasses the entire range of Yokogawa's IA products, services, and solutions. This brand comprises the following five categories: OpreX Transformation, OpreX Control, OpreX Measurement, OpreX Execution, and OpreX Lifecycle. One of the product groups that make up the OpreX Control category is the OpreX Control and Safety System family, which includes the ProSafe-RS. With its various OpreX Control solutions, Yokogawa is able to quickly effect changes for its customers that lead to a transformation in such areas as management and operations, and provides highly reliable control technology that ensures high efficiency, high quality, and safe and stable plant operations.
With the OpreX brand, Yokogawa will deliver integrated solutions that address specific needs and support its customers in their efforts to transform and grow their businesses.
Founded in 1915, Yokogawa engages in broad-ranging activities in the areas of measurement, control, and information. The industrial automation business provides vital products, services, and solutions to a diverse range of process industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, and pulp and paper. With the life innovation business, the company aims to radically improve productivity across the pharmaceutical and food industry value chains. The test & measurement, aviation, and other businesses continue to provide essential instruments and equipment with industry-leading precision and reliability. Yokogawa co-innovates with its customers through a global network of 113 companies spanning 60 countries, generating US$3.6 billion in sales in FY2018. For more information, please visit www.yokogawa.com.
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Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) protect people, environment and assets. Yokogawa’s SIS and relevant safety solutions are widely used in applications of Emergency shutdown, Fire & gas, Burner management and HIPPS.