CENTUM VP has a simple and common architecture consisting of human machine interfaces, field control stations, and a control network.  It supports not only continuous and batch process control but also manufacturing operations management.

CENTUM VP Overview and Latest Release Information

Yokogawa released its CENTUM distributed control system (DCS) in 1975, a world first. CENTUM VP is the ninth generation in the CENTUM series. Known for their rugged performance, CENTUM systems set high standards for engineering and technology excellence while ensuring backwards compatibility with previous system versions and support of the latest technology applications. Knowledge-driven engineering lies at the heart of CENTUM, a Yokogawa flagship product that has been proudly serving the process industry, over the past 40+ years.

Yokogawa Releases CENTUM™ VP R6.07
– Enhancements to this core product in the OpreX Control and Safety System family that improve connectivity and productivity –

This release features the enhancement of the field digital communication and the additional of function for the Automation Design Suite (AD Suite) which is the integrated engineering environment.
These improvements make the expansion of the scope of facilities and devices and equipment that can be operated and monitored integratedly by CENTUM VP.
In addition, Yokogawa has continued to strengthen the functionality of its engineering environment with the goal of improving engineering efficiency in plant construction and expansion projects.


Enhancements of CENTUM VP R6.07

1. Enhance the field digital solution with PROFINET support
Yokogawa offers a communications card for the PROFINET* Industrial Ethernet standard, which is widely used in Europe. With this enhancement, the operation and monitoring of PROFINET devices as well as devices that support the FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus, HART®, PROFIBUS-DP, and ISA100 Wireless™ standards can be integrated into CENTUM VP.

*: PROFINET, an Industrial Ethernet standard with excellent real-time performance, is mainly used at motor control centers and with programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

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2. Improved engineering efficiency
Yokogawa offers enhanced functions in Automation Design Suite (AD Suite*) integrated engineering environment for module-based engineering of control applications and alarm attributes. With this new release, a new module grouping function is now available that enables the efficient customization and reuse of modules to construct similar applications. In addition, sequence applications have been added to the module library. This will enhance efficiency in the modification of sequential controls and other control programs.

*: Yokogawa developed the Automation Design Suite (AD Suite) engineering environment by leveraging its wealth of project engineering know-how. AD Suite is a powerful yet flexible engineering environment that helps engineers produce quality work and improves efficiency over the entire project lifecycle.

yokogawa, field control station


About OpreX

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 CENTUM VP DCS. 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.

Field Control Station (FCS)

yokogawa, field control station

For over 40 years, Yokogawa has been developing and delivering stable, high quality CENTUM systems. All the CENTUM series field control stations (FCSs), both software and hardware, have been developed by Yokogawa. CENTUM VP can be flexibly designed ranging from small- to large-scale.

The CENTUM VP controller is capable of handling a massive amount of field data at comfortable speeds that fully satisfies the needs in the field digital era.

Both the controllers and I/O node units can be placed in remote, classified locations (IEC Zone 2/Class I Div. 2) which saves installation cost.

We know single bit of software and hardware to maintain a 99.99999% availability service record.

Reliable Controller

reliable controller

The CENTUM VP controller features outstanding processing performance and a large application storage capacity, yet inherits the same quality and stability that are the hallmark of the CENTUM series. Processor modules, power supplies, I/O modules, and communication buses all support redundant configuration.

The latest release of the controller has been optimized to take full advantage of advancements in field digital technology that will help plants operate with increased efficiency and stability. A high speed remote I/O unit enables connecting controllers over remote site up to 50 kilometers via optical fiber cables.

Digital Field Network Support

CENTUM VP supports a wide variety of communication interfaces and digital field networks such as FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, PROFIBUS-DP, Modbus RTU, Modbus CP/IP, and DeviceNet. Device diagnosis communication and SOE functions are enhanced. Changes in the mechanism to access device data have contributed to reduce loading to the main processors and improves the performance of the plant asset management software, Plant Resource Manager (PRM).

Pair and Spare Architecture

This is a unique feature of the CENTUM series that improves the stability of process control. Each processor module has redundant CPUs that execute the same computations simultaneously. Their outputs are constantly compared and a bump-less switchover to the stand-by processor module is initiated if any anomalies caused by electronic noise or other phenomena are detected. This minimizes the likelihood that errors will have any impact on process control. Our pair & spare technology is the key to achieve the 99.99999% of availability.


N-IO (Network I/O)

N-IO (Network I/O), the next-generation software configurable smart I/O, reduces footprint, lowers marshalling costs and allows flexible I/O binding. Matched with the FieldMate Validator, our commissioning tool, this allows for significantly faster project completion and reduced costs without compromising on quality.

Universal I/O and Software Marshalling

N-IO has AI/AO/DI/DO in each I/O channel. Each I/O channel can be changed to other I/O types by software programming.

Adapter (Built-in Signal Conditioner)

N-IO implements a wide variety of built-in signal conditioners on its baseplate. In most cases, there is no need to prepare external signal conditioning or the additional space this requires.


The same N-IO baseplate supports both single and dual redundant formations, eliminating the need for multiple hardware/software vendors when implementing redundancy.

Intrinsically Safe Barriers

The N-IO baseplate supports Intrinsically Safe I/O barriers.

N-IO, universal network I/O

FIO (Field network I/O)

FIO (Field network I/O) is a series of low-cost I/O modules which have been developed to improve packaging density. The large available range of modules enables you to configure your system to match the requirements for process signals, and to provide for different levels of isolation.

FIO, field network I/O

Isolation types

Non-isolation, isolation (all channels are collectively isolated), and isolation (each channel is individually isolated)

Field connection

Pressure clamp (Weidmuller), dedicated terminal boards, and MIL cables

Environmental resistance

Class G3 corrosive gas and a wide range of operating temperatures

Hazardous area classification

Type N and non-incendive protection provided as standard. I/O modules with a built-in intrinsic safety barrier available.

Virtualization Platformvirtualization platform

Yokogawa's virtualization separates system software operations from physical hardware dependencies, allows software reusability to optimally commission system hardware.
Virtualization platform enables a single server to perform the work of multiple virtual computers, thus reducing the number of computers required to configure a control system. With this platform, both the hardware and software required to build a virtual environment are provided.
By means of this virtualized server environment, it is possible to separately update and make modifications to hardware and software as required.

This translates to customer's business centric benefits like smooth migration to new physical hardware with reduced downtime, shorter migration process and system tests time.
From maintenance point of view, segregation of hardware and software maintainability are also the significant advantages.


Integrated Operations

CENTUM VP achieves the Operational Excellence that is the focus of Yokogawa's Production Excellence, Safety Excellence and Asset Excellence initiatives. It offers integrated viewing and data handling functions.

For example, alarms from the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System and Plant Resource Manager, Yokogawa's Asset Management product, can be seen and handled seamlessly in the Human Interface Station (HIS). All plant process data and device data are handled by CENTUM VP.


Easy to operate with clear visibility

Yokogawa offers an intuitive and easy-to-understand HMI environment for plant operation and monitoring, which is the result of vast experience with CENTUM systems in operation. Flexibility in displaying operation windows and monitors helps in adapting to various aspects of operation needs.

CENTUM VP provides easy-to understand graphics based on the ergonomics and knowledge engineering. For instance, data displays are provided with high visibility that enables intuitive awareness of the situation. The use of colors considers the best contrast and environments of the central control room and the configuration of the displays integrates the knowhow of experienced operators. With all these functions, CENTUM VP enables operators to make quick and accurate decisions during operations and contributes to improve operation efficiency.


System message banneroperation and monitoring view

Continuously displays the latest alarm messages, keeping operators up to date on process conditions.

Browser bar

Contains navigation tools for the convenience of operators, frequently-used icons can be grouped in a My Favorites folder.

Window history

Lists the previous operational displays. Operators can quickly call up previously-used graphics windows.


AOG (Advanced Operator Graphics) Solutionadvanced operator graphics

The AOG solution emphasizes ergonomic design and seeks, through improved color selection, layout, and visual function, to improve operators situational awareness. A team of Yokogawa engineers visited many plants to conduct a detailed analysis, review the tasks carried out by operators, and learn about the plant's operations. In accordance with general principles on industrial design and human engineering, Yokogawa then redesigned the GUIs for the HMI displays to reduce operator errors, make their work easier to perform, and reduce physical stress.


By using the Trend Recording

trend recording function, trend data graphBy using the Trend Recording function, process data such as temperature, pressure and flow rate coming into the Control Station are gathered by the HIS, and the time-series changes in the process data are displayed in a graph (trend graph).

The HIS trend recording function acquires a variety of trend data types, suitable for a continuous process plant and a batch process plant. The continuous-type data acquisition is suitable for recording and monitoring data for a long period of time. The batch-type data acquisition starts and stops acquiring data according to the commands received from operators. Comparison between the actual data and a reference pattern is also available for the batch-type.


Operation Keyboard

operation keyboard, USB keyboardA unique USB keyboard is available for CENTUM VP option. The 64 function keys and the numeric keypad can be used by operators to call up graphics by pressing a single key.

Switching between frame tabs can be done by pressing the container window key. The keyboard has two built-in speakers and the key pitch complies with IEC 9241-11.

A touch sensor highlights the selected operating instrument on the screen to prevent unintentional input errors.

A single-loop operation keyboard and an 8-loop simultaneous operation are available.


Yokogawa paves way for a new engineering paradigm for the next-generation. It is not uncommon for a project to experience backsliding and significant rework, all of which affects the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Yokogawa's engineering prevents these inefficiencies and ensures our customers reap all these benefits throughout a plant’s lifecycle.

engineering, TCO


Yokogawa provides smart engineering thanks to three innovative products.

  • Automation Design Suite, Yokogawa's engineering environment
  • N-IO (The Network I/O), Yokogawa's software configurable smart I/O
  • FieldMate Validator, Yokogawa's commissioning tool for N-IO


Flexible I/O Binding with N-IO and FieldMate Validator

After the DCS is sent to a site, design changes often happen due to physical restrictions of implementation or inadvertent miscalculations and these changes can significantly affect the project schedule. And shortening the term of a project is an ever-present challenge. Flexible I/O binding, Yokogawa’s improved late I/O binding solution, helps overcome these customer challenges.

Reducing the Risks to Scheduled Project Delivery

The flexible I/O binding facilitates simple and hassle-free I/O binding. This is made possible by software marshaling and the N-IO’s universal channels. The type of I/O and the interconnection between the I/O module and the controller can be modified remotely which significantly absorbs the impact of last-minute I/O changes. Furthermore, the flexible I/O binding achieves early delivery of I/O cabinets to the site, and problems can be found and fixed on-site at a very early stage.

Early Start-up

The flexible I/O binding shortens duration of a project. After I/O design is fixed, application engineering and hardware engineering can progress independently and parallel. This is made possible by System Independent Loop Commissioning. System Independent Loop Commissioning project capability utilizes Yokogawa's FieldMate Validator, an innovative tool allowing the field testing and validation of N-IO without requiring a deployed system.


The Automation Design Suite, Yokogawa's new engineering environment, retains the entire engineering history of your plant from design phase, through commissioning and live operation; which ensures up-to-date plant knowledge with every expansion, or hardware and software change throughout your lifecycle.

module based engineering, reuse, efficiency

Module Based Engineering

The Automation Design Suite adopts a Modular approach to automation design and execution, where process loops (regulatory/complex Loops and sequence control), alarm design philosophy, graphics and more are deployed as design patterns. Also multiple application modules can be handled as one module (Group Module). These functions enable easily downloaded, efficiently shared and re-used as standards across the enterprise, saving time and resources.

YOKOGAWA leverages its long history and vast expertise in process automation, with standardized, industry proven engineering modules available that span a broad range of processes and functions for production, safety and asset excellence.

Management of Change and Resources

The Automation Design Suite is more than the ‘As built’ specification of your plant… It provides dynamic management of design, investment and project effectiveness by auditing and versioning engineering changes, and facilitating effective engineering through ModPacks (Modification Packages).

This serves to maintain project schedules by reducing the delays and the engineering impact of late design changes or scope changes. The Automation Design Suite also auto-documents and checks inconsistencies in project activity and software resources, removing the pain from project management, and significantly reducing project risk.

management of change and resources



Agile Project Execution

Support the Field Digital Communication

Yokogawa realized the potential of field networks in a production control system early on and designed its systems with field networks in mind. CENTUM VP supports FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, HART®, PROFIBUS-DP, PROFINET, DeviceNet™, Modbus®, Modbus/TCP, Ethernet®/IP and ISA100 Wireless™ (ISA100.11a wireless standard). The CENTUM VP integratedly controls and monitors these field devices from various vendors with various communication protocols.

field digital communication


Applying Fieldbus in Plant Control System

fieldbus function blockThe engineering for fieldbus function blocks can be performed in the same way as for other function blocks in FCS. The operation and monitoring environment is also the same for the fieldbus function blocks and other FCS function blocks. No additional requirements for engineering, operation and monitoring of the fieldbus applications in Yokogawa DCS. The most favorable merit for applying fieldbus is highly efficient maintenance of field devices. Yokogawa offers an asset management software package, Plant Resource Manager (PRM), for device management and diagnosis. With PRM, the advantage of fieldbus can be optimized so as to make the maintenance of the whole system more efficient.


Plant Resource Manager (PRM)

plant asset management, PAMThe maintenance information of devices are collected by PRM via fieldbuses and stored in the PRM database. The corresponding maintenance schedules, maintenance procedures and spare parts information are also stored accordingly in the same database. The maintenance of the field devices can be performed through fieldbus. Thus the maintenance engineers are considerably relieved from going to the fields of the devices in the remote areas and hazardous areas.

Go to the related web page (Asset Management Software page)

Audit Trail

Audit trail management is important in both control and maintenance systems. All maintenance works on devices, which are maintained by PRM, are recorded and stored, and can be easily retrieved too.

Predictive Maintenance

By integrated management of device management information, the replacement cycle of devices and trend of device troubles can be predicted. This technique minimizes the impact of device problems on plant operation, and maintenance work and parts procurement can also be planned and scheduled.

Solutions to Non-Fieldbus Devices

PRM can create a database for legacy devices in addition to Fieldbus devices. Maintenance information is recorded and managed in a database for integrated, overall planned maintenance of all devices in the plant.


DD and CF Download

The FOUNDATION™ fieldbus device files in this section are categorized according to whether the devices have undergone Host Interoperability Support Testing (HIST). HIST is an invaluable tool in determining whether a specific fieldbus device is interoperable with a host system.

About HIST at Yokogawa

  • FOUNDATION™ fieldbus laboratory is established in Yokogawa Singapore.
  • Yokogawa is running the HIST program according to the FOUNDATION™ fieldbus specifications.
  • Yokogawa is continuing development of HIST in cooperation with other device manufacturers.
  • The list of field devices that have passed the HIST can be checked on the Interoperability page.

Interoperability Menu

List of HIST Completed Devices
List of FIST Completed Devices

Recommended FOUNDATION™ fieldbus Accessories


Data Integration

Unified Gateway Station (UGS)

The unified gateway station (UGS) acts as an interface, allowing CENTUM VP to communicate with STARDOM network-based control systems or other third-party subsystems such as Modbus RTUs, Modbus/TCP units, EtherNet/IP units, OPC DA units, and intelligent electronic devices (IEDs). It utilizes the EC 61850 protocol, which has been widely adopted by the power industry.

allow Unified Gateway Station (UGS) (0.4 MB)  PDF
allow IEC 61850 IED Communication Package (for UGS) (0.4 MB) PDF

Network and Security

System Architecture

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Robustness Against Cyber Attack

EDSA, ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance, certification

CENTUM VP field control unit has obtained the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification from the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI). The certification was obtained through a process that involved an examination by the CSSC (Control System Security Center) Certification Laboratory. It ensures that CENTUM is equipped with the cyber security features to be used in the industries such as oil, petrochemical, power and many others.

Wurldtech Security Technologies, certificate

Wurldtech Security Technologies, Inc. has duly tested and certified Yokogawa’s AFV10D controller, AFV30D controller, AVR10D V net router, and AW810D WAC router with Achilles Level I test, which ensures the end-point security of the controllers.


Security Lifecycle Approach and Service

Yokogawa built its security lifecycle approach upon industry cyber-security standards. And Yokogawa provides an effective security service in response to the customer's requests and operational conditions.

Lifecycle Solution

System Software Updates

Periodically, system software must be brought up to date by adding new functions, enhancing existing functions, and fixing bugs. For a variety of reasons, many of our customers would prefer to wait for a scheduled plant shutdown to update their system software to the latest version. Even if a customer has not yet installed an earlier version of the software, Yokogawa guarantees that the system will keep working normally and without interruption when the latest software version is installed. Yokogawa also guarantees that the software will be fully compatible.

System Modification & Expansion

Our customers often need to modify or expand a control system after it is installed, and major concerns with this include avoiding disruptions to plant operations, minimizing the shutdown period, and minimizing the risks of a hot system cutover.

Yokogawa offers a virtual environment for FCS and HIS where both the control and operator functions of the CENTUM database can be tested without FCS hardware. It ensures the new programs will work when they are installed, reduces risks of system failures, and minimizes the shutdown period.

Upgrading (moving from one Yokogawa system to another Yokogawa system)

For each of its CENTUM systems, Yokogawa has paid particular attention to helping its customers manage lifecycle costs by optimizing the upgrade process. Upgrading is simple and quick.

All of Yokogawa's legacy CENTUM systems can be controlled and monitored from a newer CENTUM system. Via a control network, CENTUM VP can control and monitor operations at a plant that relies on a CENTUM V, CENTUM-XL, CENTUM CS, or CENTUM CS 3000 system. The latest CENTUM VP can also communicate with both the N-IO and the more traditional FIO and Yokogawa will continue to sell and provide long-term support to both types of I/O. Thus, by allowing its customers to utilize their existing assets wherever possible, Yokogawa offers them a cost-effective way to upgrade their production control systems.

Migration (moving from a non-Yokogawa system to a Yokogawa system)

CENTUM has been Yokogawa’s DCS brand since 1975, when the first generation CENTUM system was released to the market. Many of our competitors in the DCS market have either been acquired by other companies or have disappeared from the market together with their control systems. Only a handful of the companies that were first active in this market are still around today.

Not satisfied with another vendor’s control systems? Consider migrating to it to CENTUM VP. We have successfully migrated over 350 non-Yokogawa systems so far and the number is steadily growing. To name a few: Bailey INFI90, Foxboro I/A, Emerson RS3/PROVOX/DeltaV, Eurotherm, Hartman & Brown ContronicP, Hitachi, Honeywell TDC2000/TDC3000/PKS, Siemens SIMATIC, Taylor MODCELL, Toshiba, Allen-Bradley PLC.


40 year history of CENTUM

40 year history of CENTUM

  • Yokogawa supplied an integrated boiler and turbine control, monitoring and protection system for each of the four generating units in a coal-fired power plant in Australia.
  • Yokogawa also delivered two high fidelity operator training simulators for this plant.

Under the smoky skies of Zaltbommel, Sachem produces products used in the starch and paper industries day after day. After 20 years, it was time to replace the control system used for that production. But how do you convince the head office that the upgrade is truly necessary when the system has worked perfectly for 20 years? The only way is to present an affordable solution that combines speed with minimal downtime and maximum safety, reliability and quality. That solution was found in an upgrade to CENTUM VP Batch.

Sachem in Zaltbommel is part of the international Sachem group, with headquarters in Austin, Texas (USA) and locations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. At its production site in Gelderland (NL) the company produces fine chemicals, including the flagship product Reagens. What once began in a barn in Zaltbommel grew to become an extensive production environment with the old barn as a pilot plant, along with three production halls and numerous chemical installations. Unlike in the bulk chemicals industry, where products are made hundreds of thousands of tons at a time, Reagens is produced on a much smaller scale. This product is produced in batches. The control system is tuned to this and has been specially developed for batch processing. The operating system was recently upgraded to Yokogawa's CENTUM VP Batch R6. 

Why replace a DCS after 20 years of trouble-free operation?
At the production location we spoke to Erik Smalbil, who oversaw the change process from Sachem in Zaltbommel. Erik knows the production environment like no other. He was closely involved in the production process as an operator for many years, and since becoming a software engineer, he has been able to use his knowledge to set up and optimise use of the process automation environment and the DCS system.

For the past twenty years that was the CENTUM CS Batch system. ‘The Yokogawa system ran smoothly for two decades, but after 20 years we had to replace it for safety and continuity reasons. This was due to the Unix platform on which the CENTUM CS system's HMI runs on, for which suitable computer hardware is no longer available. It therefore seemed a logical moment to also investigate whether we could implement improvements to the DCS system.’ 

Seamless transition the convincing factor
But taking this step proved to be no easy task. Erik: ‘The final investment decision for such operating systems is made at the headquarters in the U.S. And when they see that everything is running smoothly, it takes some effort to convince them it is really necessary. Moreover, the head office had a preference for a different system, one we already use, in production hall 2 for instance. But because I work with both systems, I am in a good position to assess the advantages of the different systems. Yokogawa stands out for its quality and stability as well as the simple programming method. But the most important factor is the seamless transition from the old DCS system to the new one. With the upgrade from CENTUM CS Batch to CENTUM VP Batch, the controllers and all the I/O cards could be retained. That made the migration considerably faster and cheaper. Keeping what's good, replacing what's outdated – that is essentially the starting point.’

CENTUM VP Batch with redundant, reliable server
The beating heart of CENTUM VP Batch is the familiar production and operating system CENTUM VP. In addition to the process control function of CENTUM VP, it also offers a batch function with recipe and process management. A redundant and highly reliable recipe server is used for the recipes, which is beneficial in terms of stability and availability. ‘This server is part of CENTUM VP Batch. Recipes are sent to the controller, where they are then processed. The recipe also specifies which equipment is required for the production.’

Co-innovation with a focus on minimal downtime
Erik explains about the transition from the old CENTUM system to the new one: ‘At chemical plants, whether we are talking about bulk or batch processes, minimal downtime is an essential requirement. When systems are upgraded, a lot of time is always spent on thorough preparation. The fact that there was no need to interrupt the process, was important to me and the Plant Manager. We worked closely with the technical team and Yokogawa account manager Paul Snel to ensure the project proceeded smoothly. First, we started with the upgrade process. Because we could reuse the controller and I/O cards, the focus was on replacing the DCS system and conversion of the existing application. Yokogawa has tools to do this, so the conversion from old to new was actually effortless. Everything was prepared at Yokogawa in Amersfoort, and we were able to complete the FAT (Final Acceptance Test) within six months.
The actual transfer took no more than a week in total. And we were able to schedule the major maintenance stop in the same week.’

Clear visualisation provides instant insight
When you enter the control room, everything looks new, yet still familiar. ‘The screens are now larger. The visualisations were also improved. In the old situation, the operator had one small screen, whereas he now has two large 24-inch screens to work on.’ CENTUM VP's HMI is very easy to use, and the graphical visualisation better reflects the actual situation. By providing insight into the parameter settings, the operators also have an at-a-glance overview of all the important information for timely and safe decision-making. ‘The new system therefore offers considerably more possibilities for the operators. With this upgrade we are once again up to date and will be for many years to come’, concludes Erik.

More information
Would you like more information? Please contact Account Manager Paul Snel via paul.snel@nl.yokogawa.com, 088 464 1871. 


Williams Opal successfully reduced start-up time of stabilizer column and turbo expanders with Exapilot.

Exapilot also standardized operators' start-up processes as Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Hibiki LNG Terminal is supplying natural gas to a broad area of northern Kyushu.
  • CENTUM VP and FA-M3V provide a centralized monitoring environment and contribute to safe and stable operation.
  • Integrated CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS Systems Ensure Nonstop Operation of ADU/DKU Processes.
  • "This is a real VigilantPlant! We will continue to improve our production efficiency."
  • Nan Ya had been using Yokogawa Micro-XL DCS since the plant opened in the 1990s.
  • Step-by-step approach for migration from Micro-XL to CENTUM VP keeps downtime to a minimum.

Okinawa Prefecture is promoting clean energy with the aim of becoming a low-carbon society in the 21st century. Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technology is particularly well suited for this purpose, and is expected to both reduce the environmental impact that power generation has in the prefecture and lessen the prefecture's dependence on imported fossil fuels.

  • CENTUM VP Batch replaces the legacy system and improves production efficiency in the acrylic plant.
  • CENTUM VP Batch capability can handle the recipe management to Batch report handling and unit management.
  • Highlyadvanced biopharmaceutical plant uses CENTUM, VP Batch, Exaquantum and PRM.
  • Total system integration for large-scale biotech production facility.
  • As the main automation contractor (MAC) for this plant construction project, Yokogawa Brazil engineered, installed, and commissioned an integrated control and instrumentation solution
  • Yokogawa Brazil completed the commissioning of these systems ahead of schedule and the production of green polymer was started just one week later

Yokogawa China successfully replaced control system with CENTUM VP at 4th phase of caustic soda production plant in China.
Thanks to their project execution capability, the replacement was completed within a shorter period than the planned shutdown time.

  • Operational Excellence by Asset Maximization, Utilizing Yokogawa's DCS, SIS, Analyzers, and Field Instruments.
  • The CENTUM VP PCS and ProSafe-RS SIS were integrated using the same engineering environment.
  • Nearly 60 gas chromatographs and a large number of other types of analyzers in several analyzer houses.
  • World's largest LNG terminal relies on CENTUM to maximize safety and reliability.
  • It is very important for KOGAS to be able to adjust flexibly to shifts in demand in the gas that it supplies to power plants, industrial companies, and residences.
  • OTS for familialization of liquefaction processes and operator training.
  • Yokogawa's integrated solutions contribute to safe and steady production at gas liquefaction plant in Norway.

Yokogawa contributes to the education of process industry talents by providing its own products.
TAFE Queensland students learn process industry by controlling the color of toast with CENTUM VP DCS.


First generation CENTUM had contributed to the production of high-quality steel product at the NSSMC's Yawata Works for 33 years.
Yokogawa had pursued innovation of process control technology with the customer during the decades.


Rousselot Ghent won Belgium Factory of the Future Award. Yokogawa has supported Rousselot with automation systems since 1993.

Data of 20,000 tags gathered by Exaquantum helped to find the ideal production parameters.

  • Yokogawa successfully carried out the upgrade of off-site system in a 48 hour shutdown period with Seibu Oil.
  • Control room design for HSE and smooth communication contributes to the operational efficiency and safety.
  • Complex starting up and shutting down operations of a biomass power plant were automated with CENTUM VP.
  • Operator errors and interventions were eliminated in all critical processes.
  • Kuraray EVAL and Yokogawa prepared carefully for the expansion and modernization of the CENTUM system.
  • Management of 400+ fieldbus instruments by Yokogawa's PRM plant resource manage also helped the project to proceed smoothly.

Network and system security is now a necessity in process automation industry. YOKOGAWA provides a service lifecycle solution for cyber security to ensure that the security measures and deployments are continuously enhanced, monitored and inspected.

This white paper explains the details of the security design, implementation, operation and validation solutions from the technical perspective.


Process manufacturers continue to demand more from their plants and automation systems. This demand is driven by business pressures for greater manufacturing flexibility and by customer pressure for faster, smaller deliveries and higher service levels. Manufacturers also realize that they need to improve the quality of their manufacturing operations for any number of reasons, most especially safety, as recent major accidents have shown. Abnormal operations, especially, present risks that these manufacturers need to reduce.


Process automation in oil refineries is undergoing major changes, driven by customers frustrated by what they consider to be slow and incremental advances from the main automation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the industry. ExxonMobil has become a de facto industry representative and is driving vendors like Yokogawa and others to reevaluate how large-scale automation projects are implemented.

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