Monitoring of plant noise levels in real time
Amersfoort, The Netherlands - March 02, 2016
Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has concluded an agreement with Statoil ASA, a Norwegian energy company, to jointly develop a field wireless system. Under this agreement, Statoil and Yokogawa will draw on their respective strengths in plant operations and ISA100 Wireless field wireless technology to develop a system that can map noise levels in real time at Statoil’s plants and upstream (exploration and production) facilities, as part of Statoil’s Wireless Noise Surveillance Project (WiNoS).
By introducing this system, Statoil will be able to obtain real-time noise information during work in noisy areas, and use the data for better risk control of the noise exposure of personnel.
Masatoshi Nakahara, director, senior vice president and head of the IA Platform Business at Yokogawa, commented: “It is crucially important and a matter of urgent concern for company managers to optimize their management of health, safety, and the environment. Based on this agreement, Yokogawa will seek to develop an ideal system in Norway, Europe’s largest producer of oil and gas. To achieve this health, safety and environmental objective, Yokogawa will combine its wireless technology and know-how with the knowledge and expertise possessed by Statoil, a world-class energy company that is well known for its innovations in oil exploration and production technology. We believe this effort will lead to solutions that help our customers.”
In plants, there are many different noise sources, and the noise that is produced can have a harmful effect on workers, impairing their hearing. As noise levels often vary considerably, periodic monitoring with sensors must be done in real time and at multiple locations so that plans can be drawn up for protective measures such as restricting the amount of time workers spend in noisy work environments and requiring that they wear hearing protection.
In a wide range of industries such as energy and materials, there is a growing emphasis on health, safety, and the environment. Data acquisition systems at production sites must be able to measure and collect not only flow rate, pressure, temperature, and other kinds of production data, but also environmental data such as the concentration of a gas. Wireless technology is well suited for use with such systems. Yokogawa has a wealth of experience in developing ISA100 Wireless-based wireless communications technologies and instruments, and has provided a variety of wireless field devices as well as adapters that can transform a conventional wired instrument into a wireless device, for use in oil and gas upstream production facilities. A number of Yokogawa field wireless systems are already in use at various Statoil facilities.
Statoil and Yokogawa aim to develop a system that will help Statoil in risk management of noise exposure and achieve compliance with the OHSAS 18001 specification. This system will use an ISA100 Wireless field wireless network to collect data from noise sensors distributed throughout a plant. In real time, this data will be superimposed on a map of the plant that can be viewed in a central control room or via a cloud service. The data can be saved and accessed at any time for analysis. For such applications, field wireless systems are superior to wired systems because it is easier to collect data from sensors spread out over a wide area, sensors can be installed in difficult-to-wire locations, and wiring costs are lower, even with systems that have many sensors.
Based on this agreement, Yokogawa will provide its technology and products to build the ISA100 Wireless communication system, and Statoil will utilize its expertise to determine the overall system specifications and conduct field tests. Technologies contributed by other Norwegian companies and research institutes will be used to develop the sensors and data visualization graphics. Statoil and Yokogawa will conduct field tests of this system at a Statoil offshore platform in the North Sea to confirm its viability as an health, safety and environmental solution.
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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