2008 Press Releases-04
Tokyo, Japan -
February 5, 2008
Yokogawa Announces New Integrated Production Control System
– CENTUM VP –
Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of CENTUM VP, a new integrated production control system that will become the flagship platform for the VigilantPlant Operational Excellence initiative.
VigilantPlant is Yokogawa's automation concept for safe, reliable, and profitable plant operations. VigilantPlant aims to enable an ongoing state of Operational Excellence where plant personnel are watchful and attentive, well-informed, and ready to take actions that optimize plant and business performance. This initiative eliminates unplanned downtime, improves asset utilization, and allows businesses to adapt to shifting market conditions quickly and efficiently. Based on this concept, Yokogawa launched Safety Excellence solutions in 2005, Asset Excellence solutions in 2006, and Production Excellence solutions in 2007. The launch of the CENTUM VP takes the VigilantPlant initiative to its next evolutionary step, integrating the three excellence solutions into one Operational Excellence platform.
CENTUM VP is the ８ｔｈ generation of the CENTUM series, and succeeds the CENTUM CS 1000/CENTUM CS 3000. While securing clear backward compatibility and consistency with previous CENTUM systems, CENTUM VP redefines the role of a production control system, commonly known as a DCS. Going beyond the traditional DCS function of controlling and monitoring a plant, CENTUM VP integrates plant information management, asset management, and operation support functions, achieving a unified operating environment. CENTUM VP provides a foundation for operational excellence by delivering information in context and allowing easy role-based access to all key information.
Satoru Kurosu, Senior Vice President of Yokogawa's Industrial Automation Business Headquarters, says, "CENTUM VP is designed to empower real-time decision makers at all levels of a plant's operations. A significant improvement in information efficiency enables our customers to enhance both plant safety and business agility."
Key advantages of the CENTUM VP system are as follows:
Unified Architecture Based on a Single Real-time Plant Database
In contrast, Yokogawa's CENTUM VP establishes a single real-time plant database that serves all of these key functions in real time, setting the foundation for a unified operating environment. This unified architecture improves information efficiency and enhances the safety and agility of plant operations.
With this unified plant database, CENTUM VP enables single-source seamless integration of advanced applications that manage plant information, stabilize processes, and improve operational efficiency. Quick and flexible deployment of these applications enables the user to improve the safety, availability, and profitability of a plant on an ongoing basis. This also simplifies change management, thereby minimizing the life-cycle ownership cost.
Continued High Reliability and Compatibility
The first release of CENTUM VP features a new and intuitive human machine interface.
Intuitive Human Machine Interface （HMI）
Main Target Markets and Applications
Yokogawa's Commitment to This Field
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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.