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2003 Press Releases-06

Tokyo, Japan - May 15, 2003

Yokogawa Releases Exaquantum/Batch PIMS Software Package for Batch Processing Industries


Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced today the release of Exaquantum/Batch, a plant information management system designed for batch processing in industries such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food processing.
Exaquantum/Batch is a Plant Information Management System (PIMS), a software package that systematically links information systems on the business management level with production control systems on the site management level. This linking of systems on the management and production levels enhances the efficiency of corporate management as a whole.

Exaquantum/Batch is based on Exaquantum, a PIMS package that was first released in December of 2000 and which is used in petrochemicals, chemicals and other industries where continuous production processes are typically employed. The Exaquantum/Batch features new batch databases that conform to the ISA S88 international batch standard and which enables batch processing using control systems that are different from those used in the continuous processing.

Exaquantum/Batch also supports US federal government regulations (FDA 21 CFR Part 11) on electronic records and electronic signatures which are being adopted within the pharmaceutical industry.

Kiyokazu Ishii, Vice President of Yokogawa's Industrial Automation Systems Business Division, states "In the current rapidly changing market environment, it is imperative for companies in the manufacturing industries to shift the emphasis of their business models in such a way that they can respond to changing market requirements more quickly than before. With the help of information technologies, many companies are trying to create systems that make more efficient use of manufacturing-related information. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCP) are two examples of such systems."

The reality, however, is that information does not necessarily flow smoothly between business management information systems and the production control systems used at manufacturing sites, partly because the information used at manufacturing sites is different from that required at the business management level.

Information management systems such as PIMS fill this gap. According to Mr. Ishii, "Yokogawa has been developing such systems, which are dubbed "electronic Real-time Manufacturing" (e-RM), as they respond to market requirements in a timely manner while producing the required products reliably and profitably. Exaquantum/Batch is the most recent result of these efforts and provides a new plant information management system for use in the batch processing industries. With Exaquantum/Batch, on-site batch control systems can be linked in real-time with the information systems used at the business management level.

Product Features

1. Real-time access to manufacturing results and performance rating

Data from manufacturing processes / facilities can be acquired in real-time, facilitating the rating of manufacturing status and batch performance. With Exaquantum/Batch, operators, production control personnel, recipe management personnel, and control engineers can each have a hand in improving production.

2. Web-based data retrieval/display, report generation, and analysis functions

Data can be easily retrieved and displayed, via web sites, from large databases containing actual results that have been maintained for a long period of time. Additional functions have also been incorporated to support the creation of batch reports as well as analyses of production time, performance ratings, and frequency distribution.

No complicated engineering procedures are required for connecting Exaquantum/Batch to Yokogawa's CENTUM CS Batch 1000/CS Batch 3000 systems. Other batch control systems or quality control systems can be connected using the interfaces of Yokogawa's Exaopc communications software and OPC DA Version 2.0.

3. Compliance with international standards

Exaquantum/Batch is a highly generic software package that complies with ISA S88 international batch standard. Exaquantum/Batch supports the use of electronic records with audit trail and revision control for FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

In the interests of overall cost efficiency, Exaquantum/Batch employs as its platforms commercial off-the-shelf products such as Microsoft Corporation's Windows 2000/XP and Internet Explorer.

[Benefits of Introducing Exaquantum/Batch]

Exaquantum/Batch can achieve the following through acquisition, storage, and management of production information:

Reduction of time to bringing new products to market
Reduction of raw materials, utilities, and operation costs
Expansion of production and improvement of capacity utilization rates
Better decision making through improved access to production data
Improved monitoring of manufacturing results and attainment of more expedient approvals through powerful data analysis and report generation functions


About Yokogawa
Yokogawa's global network of 19 manufacturing facilities and 89 companies spans 32 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,500 patents and registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa.
For more information about Yokogawa, please visit our web site at www.yokogawa.com.

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