High reliability and high speed are essential for the systems that control your critical processes. The dual redundant model of the field control node (FCN) autonomous controller ensures that these processes continue without interruption even when a module is replaced.
For steady operations, high reliability is an essential requirement in the systems that controls and acquires data from various devices and processes and which interlink with other controllers in the control domain. The STARDOM autonomous controllers FCN-500 have rugged and highly reliable software and hardware, and as an optional feature support dual-redundant configurations for mission-critical applications.
High reliability is essential for the systems that control your critical processes. The dual redundant capability of the field control node (FCN) autonomous controller ensures that these processes continue without interruption even when a damaged module is replaced.
FCN-500 has a highly durable design. In addition to features such as fan-less cooling, there are no IC chips on the backplane, preventing mechanical failures. Furthermore, the use of error check and correct (ECC) memory prevents software failures.
Rich diagnostic functions make it possible to keep track of CPU temperature, SRAM memory status, and I/O module status. In addition to the diagnostic functions that are performed by the CPU, the analog input modules have embedded self-diagnostic functions that can detect disconnected wires and short-circuits by continuously monitoring the loop status.
STARDOM capability of establishing connections to a various network types results in big cost reduction for the customers. Networkability of STARDOM autonomous controllers FCN-500 designed for the hazardous area shows absolute advantage in the various applications requiring remote monitoring and operation.
A TCP/IP based network enables a seamless connection with control and information networks using COTS network components, and also allows the easy adaption of controllers for use with narrow bandwidth network infrastructure including public telephone lines, GSM/GPRS, satellite, and radio. The use of a redundant network configuration and data buffering guard against the loss of valuable data in the event of a disruption in network communications.
4 ports model is available for FCN-500. By utilizing this model, field network or engineering PC are connected while securing redundant control networks.
|Upper-level systems||Ethernet||VDS (TCP/IP), FAST/TOOLS (TCP/IP, DNP3, Modbus TCP), HIS (Vnet/IP via gateway)
Other vendor SCADA systems (OPC, DNP3, Modbus TCP)
|Serial (RS-232, RS-422/485)||FAST/TOOLS (Modbus RTU/ASCII), Other vendor SCADA systems (Modbus RTU/ASCII, DNP3)|
|Other devices||Ethernet||FA-M3 (driver available), MELSEC (driver available), others (Modbus TCP)|
|Serial (RS-232, RS-422/485)||FA-M3 (driver available), MELSEC (driver available), others (Modbus RTU/ASCII)|
|Fieldbus||FOUNDATION™ fieldbus||FOUNDATION fieldbus devices|
|ISA100||ISA100 wireless devices|
FCN-500 controller applications are written in programming languages compliant with the IEC 61131-3 international standard, so users do not need to learn manufacturer-specific programming languages and can start engineering immediately.
Concise applications can be developed by choosing the most suitable programming language for each application or the preference of the user from five IEC 61131-3 compliant languages including Function Block Diagram, Ladder Diagram, and Sequential Function Chart. Loop control and sequence control can be coded within the same environment, further improving engineering efficiency.
Engineering efficiency is improved by reusing the programmed and verified applications by using the following methods.
IEC 61131-3 compliant program allows your know-how to be encapsulated into reusable POU (Program Organization Units.) These POUs can be protected against user modification.
Network Template, which is a code frame programmed by FBD, LD, ST or IL, makes reuse of program easier. Network Template is inserted into any applications and modified corresponding to applications.
Virtual wiring to input/output modules can be defined in the software, and so loop checks and testing of ladder sequences can be performed without actual inputs to the FCN-500 from a calibrator or test switches.
The simulator functions simulate the control applications of the FCN-100 on a PC. Since this function does not require FCN-500 hardware, control applications can be developed simultaneously by two or more engineers. Alternatively, applications can be developed and debugged separately from applications running on FCN-500.
Quick troubleshooting is the key to increasing the availability of the systems. From trouble shooting to the replacement of modules, STARDOM helps people on site perform simple maintenance procedures without requiring dedicated tools.
Since the same CPU modules are used for both of single and redundant configurations, you only need to keep a small number of CPUs in your inventory.
The system and system logs can be backed up onto a SD card in FCN-500 using the rotary switch. It does not require any PCs or dedicated terminals on site.
Alternatively, expert engineers in the central control room can remotely check the CPU status on Web pages on the FCN-500.
Your application can be modified without interfering your process. By using online download functions on Logic Designer, application running on dual redundant CPUs are automatically synchronized and variables on the applications can be inherited.
All program copy (APC) synchronizes the control side and stand-by side CPUs without using any PC tools.
Thanks to hot swappable I/O module features, I/O definitions are automatically downloaded to I/O modules without use of PC tools. While replacing I/O modules, rewiring cables are not required.
A TCP/IP based network enables a seamless connection with control and information networks using COTS network components, and also allow the easy adaption of controllers for use with narrow bandwidth network infrastructure including public telephone lines, GSM/GPRS, satellite, and radio.
STARDOM controllers act as Yokogawa DCS controllers via gateway. From a single window on the Yokogawa DCS HMI, operators enjoy seamless and transparent access to all the utilities on these different systems, with complete consolidation of all alarms.
I/O unit extension bus (E2bus) with 3 types of base module enable various system configurations.
The I/O modules can be remotely distributed. The maximum transmission distance between two units is 100 m. The total transmission distance is up to 800 m (with 8 extension units in 1 line).
Moreover, by converting the copper cable to fiber optic cable, the total distance can be extended up to 5 km.
STARDOM capability of establishing connections to a various network types results in big cost reduction for the customers. Networkability of STARDOM autonomous controllers designed for the hazardous area shows absolute advantage in the various applications requiring remote monitoring and operation.
STARDOM autonomous controllers are suitable for the geographically distributed area since software architecture is highly independent and control network easily adapts to the COTS network infrastructure.
Customers have already installed STARDOM autonomous controllers to a wide range of applications under various network infrastructures.
|Network Type||Application Name|
||Power meter reading (Power)
Heat and CO2 custody transfer system (Power)
Water pipeline leak management system (Water)
Automatic custody transfer system for cryogenic gas by truck delivery (Chemical)
Water dispensing bays control (Mining)
Environmental monitoring (Others)
|VSAT (Satellite)||Pipeline operation (Oil & Gas)
Wellhead monitoring (Oil & Gas)
|Radio Link||Gas development management system (Oil & Gas)
Oil platform - offshore CO2 metering (Oil & Gas)
Tram data (signals, points, location, etc) logging (Others)
Power metering and distribution control (Power)
Control system in the wells cellulose production line (Paper)
|Wired||ADSL+VPN||Oil collecting station (Oil & Gas)
Co-generation utility monitoring (Oil & Gas)
Cryogenic gas control and custody transfer (LNG)
Water pipeline leak management system (Water)
Water treatment plant monitoring and controlling pumps (Water)
|PSTN||Cryogenic gas control and custody transfer (LNG)
Water gate valve control (Water)
Water pipeline leak management system (Water)
|ISDN||Co-generation utility monitoring (Oil & Gas)|
|Leased Line||Gas district cooling - chilled water monitoring (Oil & Gas)|
On April 18th 2018, YOKOGAWA has released the new unit extension module: “E2 bus interface module” for the STARDOM autonomous controller “FCN-500”. Excellent Scalability and Excellent Reliability, FCN-500 has evolved with “Excellence × 2”.
Providing an introduction to the features of STARDOM autonomous controller ‘FCN’. “Faster, Stronger, Smarter”, the FCN-500 STARDOM controller strengthens your core competencies with field proven reliability.
New CPU module for the STARDOM autonomous controller 'FCN' is unveiled. “Faster, Stronger, Smarter” controller will strengthen your competencies.
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