Plant Resource Manager (PRM)

Plant Resource Manager (PRM) is a key platform for the Yokogawa Asset Excellence initiative which aims to improve operations and maintenance and maximize the reliability and availability of plant assets by achieving greater predictability. PRM is a tool that gives you online access to all your field devices via a field digital network so that you can carry out essential management tasks such as changing device parameters. PRM helps both operators and maintenance personnel prevent downtime, and reduces maintenance costs.

PRM Overview

The latest Release Information: R4.02 (September, 2018)

  1. Virtualization Platform support
  2. New operation environment support
    • Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition (64-bit)
    • Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard (64-bit)
    • Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)

R4.01 (May, 2018)

 PRM R4.01, an upgrade to R3.31, has been significantly enhanced with a new function that provides statistical data needed to identify the overall status of the devices in a plant. Through the provision of information that is essential for efficient maintenance and optimum operations, this new PRM release will help to ensure plant safety.PRM KPI

Enhancements
  1. Display of quantitative status information on all the devices in a plant
    A function for the reporting of key performance indicators (Field Asset KPI Report) on field assets has been added to R4.01. These KPIs can also be referred to when planning a maintenance schedule.
  2. Efficient setting of device parameters
    A template function for the setting of device parameters has been added to R4.01. Once parameters are set using this function, the template can be downloaded to multiple devices. By making it easy to reset parameters, this function allows the immediate start up and use of the new device(s).

 

What’s PRM(Plant Resource Manager)?

 

Plant Resource Manager (PRM) is a plant asset management (PAM) software tool that works with production control systems such as CENTUM, STARDOM, and ProSafe-RS. With PRM and intelligent field devices, operators and maintenance personnel can monitor the condition of plant assets remotely. PRM detects early signs of performance deterioration such as valve.

 

 

Based on open technology

PRM supports the FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, HART, PROFIBUS, and ISA100.11a communications protocols, ensuring an extensive range of devices to choose from. PRM fully embraces an open, rich, and intuitive access to intelligent field devices.


PRM supports FDT/DTM (IEC 62453) and EDDL (IEC 618043). PRM accesses, provides appropriate setting and adjustment environment, and displays field device status.

 

A single window for managing plant-wide assets

Focus on specific plant areas and assets

The device navigator displays the status of plant-wide assets with a Windows Explorer-like interface. Flexible navigation mechanisms enable maintenance personnel to quickly identify areas of the plant that require online diagnosis.Intuitive status icons for the field devices change color depending on the diagnostic conditions. Maintenance personnel can easily focus on specific plant areas and assets that require attention.

The right information to the right people at the right time

Maintenance information immediately notifies the right people (operators and/or maintenance personnel), depending on the type and criticality of the diagnostic data analysis. Necessary actions can be taken at the right time, maximizing productivity.

For operators

The DeviceViewer window displays real-time diagnostic parameters and trend data for field devices.

The Operator Guide Message generated by a predictive maintenance alarm gives operators enough time to manage process changes when an asset fails. Operators can check the device diagnostics information by clicking the Operator Guide Message to launch DeviceViewer.

For maintenance personnel

prm-action-guidance

PRM action guidance messages help maintenance personnel determine what actions are needed based on alarm details and probable causes. This allows field maintenance personnel to make the most efficient and effective use of their time. The DeviceViewer window displays real-time diagnostic parameters
and trend data for field devices.

 

Maintenance Marks

Maintenance marks are used by maintenance engineers to identify the status of a device. It is possible to assign a maintenance mark to each device. Using these marks, maintenance engineers can set and check the work status of devices. Maintenance marks can also be linked with CENTUM's operation marks so that maintenance engineers and operators can share the same information and coordinate their work.

 

Easy and flexible access to historical data

PRM's historical records automatically store information on the who, when, why, and what of the changes that are made to field assets, along with all alarms, diagnosis results, and maintenance work records. The historical records can be filtered and sorted for quick analysis.

DTM/Parameter Manager/ Audit Trail Message

Device report function

device reportSubscribers to Yokogawa's InsightSuiteAE services can use PRM to generate daily, weekly, monthly, and annual field asset KPI reports from the alarm and event messages that are saved for FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART devices. A KPI report provides an overview of device conditions and helps users prioritize their maintenance activities.

It is known that partial stroke tests (PST) extends the interval period between full stroke tests (FST) for emergency shutdown valves and help to reduce maintenance costs. PST Scheduler brings precision, efficiency, and integration to the PST process. PST Scheduler can schedule an automatic, semi-automatic, or manual PST and automatically record test results for safety valves connected either to a Yokogawa ProSafe-RS or another safety instrumented systems. PST Scheduler works with safety valves from the four leading vendors.

PDFBrochure of PST Scheduler (BU33Q05Q10-35E)

PDFGeneral Specification of Model SSS7780 PST Scheduler Package (GS33Y05Q23-32E)

pst scheduler display

PRM and PST Schedule

Operating under PRM, PST Scheduler remotely executes the PST provided by the safety valve vendor, and records the results. Testing is efficient and well planned and results are shown on a single screen without any additional hardware or software.  Only Yokogawa's PRM and PST Scheduler support safety valves from multiple vendors.

 

Features of PST Scheduler

Schedule: Week, Month, Year, On demand
Mode: Manual, Semi-automatic, Automatic
Execution: Serial, Parallel
Operation: Execute, Pause, Resume, Skip
Recording: PST results

Maximize safety system performance
Yokogawa's ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system is SIL3 certified even in a single modular configuration. Execution of PSTs on a fixed schedule is key to ensuring that a safety system will function correctly in an emergency. The combination of ProSafe-RS and PRM with PST Scheduler not only simplifies the management of safety devices, it maximizes safety system performance. In addition, no additional wiring or hardware such as a multiplexer is needed to manage safety devices.

PST Scheduler image

Optimal flexibility in valve selection
The Vigilant Integration Partners (VIP) program is an open, non-exclusive, standard-based, and interoperability-driven initiative that enables users of Yokogawa's ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System and PRM asset management system to use best-in-class field devices from Dresser Masoneilan, Flowserve Corporation, Metso, and SAMSON AG.

 

What is a partial stroke test (PST)?

A partial stroke test (PST) partially opens and closes emergency shutdown (ESD) valves while the plant is running. Safety standards, such as IEC61508, IEC61511, or ANSI/ISA-84.00.01, require full stroke tests (FST) for those ESD valves to be conducted at certain intervals depending on the safety integrity levels (SIL) to make certain that they are functional in case of emergency. FST requires those shutdown valves to fully open and close, and it can only be done while the plant is shut down for maintenance. However, by conducting PSTs, it is possible to extend the intervals of the FSTs, thus the plant operation time can be maximized, which means the OPEX and TCO are reduced.

PLUG-IN Applications

DeviceViewer

DeviceViewer Parameter window / DeviceViewer Trend window

DeviceViewer displays real-time diagnostic and trend data for FOUNDATION™ fieldbus and HART devices from Yokogawa and other vendors. It features a color-highlighted display of device status and parameters that helps operators grasp the device status at a glance, without having to go into the field. DeviceViewer can also run on a CENTUM VP/CS 3000 operator station, allowing operators to identify whether a process or a field device is responsible for a failure.

 

ValveNavi

ValveNavi

The ValveNavi application includes a setup wizard that improves maintenance efficiency by simplifying the setting up and tuning of the YVP110. A signature function provides complete diagnostic information on control valve and positioner I/O characteristics, giving operators the diagnostic information they need to fine-tune and make maximum use of the YVP110. For more information about this software, please go to the ValveNavi page.

 

Collaboration with Other Companies

PRM has an open integration tool for connecting with valve management and device maintenance software from other vendors. This PLUG-IN Application (PIA) interface enables these programs to run as PRM clients and communicate with related devices through Yokogawa host systems. Yokogawa provides a PIA interface development kit to software suppliers with a contract. After developing a program with this interface, a supplier sends it to Yokogawa for integration testing.

ValVue For Dresser valve positioners
ValveLink For Fisher DVC5000f/DVC5000, DVC6000f/DVC6000 valve positioners

 

Synchronization with FieldMate™

PRM-FieldmateFieldMate™ is a versatile device management wizard used to set, adjust, and troubleshoot parameters of field devices. All adjustments and settings made with FieldMate™ can be monitored and managed from a PRM window.

Integration with GE Energy's System 1®

System1Field devices and machinery account for 51% of plant maintenance costs.

GE Energy's System 1 is a proven software platform for real-time optimization of equipment and selected processes, condition monitoring, and even diagnostics.

Through integration with System 1, PRM is able to provide a single monitoring window for the diagnosis of turbines, rotating equipment and reciprocating equipment, in addition to field instrumentation such as pressure transmitters and flowmeters.

Benefits

  • Maintenance strategies are optimized for maximum effectiveness.
  • Risk to operations is reduced through improved capabilities, safety, and business performance.
  • Costs are controlled though more effective planning and the avoidance of unexpected shutdowns/catastrophic failures.
  • Cost savings are achieved by reducing the need for manual data collection.
  • Equipment damage is prevented by ensuring it is operated inside design parameters.

PDFInterface for GE System 1

FieldConnex® Advanced Diagnostic Module (ADM)

system overviewIn addition to supporting the use of powerful tools such as oscilloscopes and data historians, ADM has a unique commissioning wizard that can reduce up to 80% the amount of time required for the critical plant start-up phase.

ADM's online monitoring capabilities provide actionable information through PRM's user interface, indicating changes in the fieldbus physical layer before they become critical.

The integration of the FieldConnex ADM interface widens the scope of PRM's asset management capabilities to include the communication status of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus segments.

 

commissioning & maintenace times

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Benefits

End Users and Plant Operators:

  • Minimizes installation time
  • Speeds up commissioning
  • Increases plant uptime
  • Simplifies verification of explosion protection
  • Engineering Companies:
  • Simplifies planning
  • Eliminates unnecessary engineering
  • Documents the complete segment for plant handover

Maintenance Teams:

  • Enables a proactive maintenance approach
  • Reduces frequency of outages
  • Maximizes device uptime

FieldConnex ADM

CMMS* Interface

PRM has a CMMS interface for Maximo, an enterprise asset management (EAM) system from IBM Software, Inc. Through this interface, Maximo can provide better maintenance operation by acquiring real-time device information from PRM when both systems are connected.

 PDFCMMS Interface

 *CMMS: computerized maintenance management system

The latest: Revision 4.02 (September, 2018)

  1. Virtualization Platform support
  2. New operation environment support
    • Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition (64-bit)
    • Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB (64-bit)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard (64-bit)
    • Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)

Revision 4.01 (May, 2018)

 PRM R4.01, an upgrade to R3.31, has been significantly enhanced with a new function that provides statistical data needed to identify the overall status of the devices in a plant. Through the provision of information that is essential for efficient maintenance and optimum operations, this new PRM release will help to ensure plant safety.PRM KPI

  1. Display of quantitative status information on all the devices in a plant
    A function for the reporting of key performance indicators (Field Asset KPI Report) on field assets has been added to R4.01. These KPIs can also be referred to when planning a maintenance schedule.
  2. Efficient setting of device parameters
    A template function for the setting of device parameters has been added to R4.01. Once parameters are set using this function, the template can be downloaded to multiple devices. By making it easy to reset parameters, this function allows the immediate start up and use of the new device(s).

Revision 3.31 (September 2016)

  1. New FCSs from CENTUM VP R6.03 are supported
    • The PRM R3.31 supports the N-IO system (for RIO System Upgrade) released in the CENTUM VP R6.03.
  2. Versions of Maximo Asset Management are changed
    • Interface for CMMS (software package) now supports Maximo Asset Management Versions 7.5.0.4 and 7.6.0.0.
  3. Linkage with Field asset KPI report

Revision 3.30 (February 2016)

  1. Quick obtainment of failure and other status information from HART field devices is enhanced by using Network-IO field input/output devices of ProSafe-RS R4.01.
  2. Support function for Exaopc OPC Interface package are enhanced Not only alarm messages but also notification of operator guide messages and synchronization of the maintenance marks are enable with CENTUM VP systems via the Exaopc OPC Interface Package.
  3. Priority icons are added to the Device Navigators Enhancements to the Device Navigator enabled to display the priority icons for the devices.

Revision 3.20 (July 2015)

  1. Quick obtainment of failure and other status information from HART field devices is enhanced by using Network-IO field input/output devices of CENTUM VP R6.01.
  2. Various management functions for ISA100 field wireless devices are improved.
    •   DeviceViewer for ISA100 field wireless devices can be displayed on CENTUM’s screen.
    •   Field wireless management console can be called up by PRM to monitor the wireless network status.
  3. Compliance to FDT2.0, the latest version of the field device tool communication interface, improved device response times and performance

Revision 3.12 (May 2014)

  1. Status signals defined by NAMUR NE107 (*1) can be displayed
  2. ProSafe-RS Vnet/IP-Upstream’s narrow band mode is supported.
  • *1 : NAMUR is an international user association of automation technology in process industries headquartered in Germany. NE107 is the recommendation by NAMUR describing self-monitoring and diagnosis of field devices.

Revision 3.11 (April 2013)

  1. On-demand communications with PROFIBUS-DP devices via PROFIBUS-DP Communication Module (Models ALP121/NFLP121) are supported
  2. On-demand communication via a new ISA100 Field Wireless Gateway is supported
  3. PST Scheduler functions are enhanced
  4. Advanced Diagnosis Server supports Windows Server 2008

Revision 3.10 (July 2011)

  1. PST Scheduler function enhanced
  2. Security function enhanced
  3. Windows 7 Professional Edition SP1 (64-bit) support added
  4. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition SP1 (64-bit) support added

Revision 3.05 (June 2010)

  1. PROFIBUS Support
  2. Wired HART7 Support
  3. Wireless ISA100.11a Support
  4. Maintenance Mark
  5. CommDTM/GatewayDTM support
  6. Windows 2008 Server Support

Revision 3.04 (August 2009)

  1. PST Scheduler function added

Revision 3.03 (February 2009)

  1. Windows VISTA support added
  2. Upstream solutions with STARDOM integrated
  3. Support range for EDDL extended

Revision 3.02 (December 2007)

  1. Synchronization with FieldMate added
  2. Integration with GE Energy's System1 added
  3. Interface with CMMS added
  4. Support for EDDL added

Revision 3.01 (August 2006)

  1. SQL server adopted as database
  2. DTM works for HART devices added
  3. Integration with ProSafe-RS added
  4. Parameter search function added

Revision 2.20 (November, 2005)

  1. Enhancement of Maintenance alarm management
  2. DeviceViewer enhancement
  3. Tightened device security
  4. New DD menu for FOUNDATION fieldbus
  5. Data exchange tool in XML format
  6. GUI enhancement

Revision 2.10 (May, 2005)

  1. Maintenance Alarm
  2. STARDOM HART Module
  3. Connection to Multiple COM Ports
  4. Add HART Multiplexer

Revision 2.06 (October, 2004)

  1. Windows Server 2003
  2. Oracle 10G
  3. DeviceViewer for HART
  4. DevicHMI Improvement
  5. Performance Up

Revision 2.05 (September, 2003)

  1. Advanced diagnosis
  2. STARDOM interface
  3. Device templates
  4. Database maintenance

Revision 2.04 (January, 2003)

  1. 20,000 Tags
  2. Windows XP
  3. Oracle 9i
  4. Multiple server switch over
  5. Calibrator Support
  6. HART Multiplexer Enhancements
  7. Audit Trail Enhancement

Revision 2.03 (August, 2002)

  1. HART Enhancement
  2. PLUG-IN
  3. CMMS Interface

Revision 2.02 (September, 2001)

  1. HART communication support
  2. Pepperl+Fuchs Multiplexer

Revision 2.01 (January, 2001)

  1. FF communication support
  2. 10,000 Tags

DeviceFiles List

DeviceFile is the contents for Partner Portal members. After user registration, please refer.

 

Supported devices

A list of devices that the latest PRM version supports can be accessed by members of Partner Portal. Please register to access this information.

Interoperability Menu

List of HIST Completed Devices (Link to Yokogawa Global Website)
List of FIST Completed Devices (Link to Yokogawa Global Website)

 

DTM files

DTM files that are not included on PRM media or that have been updated can be downloaded from the PRM Members Page. A document explaining how to install DTM files is also available for download. This service is available only for registered PRM members.

 

PRM integration

PRM PLUG-IN Applications Integration (Link to Yokogawa Global Website)
PST Scheduler Integration (Link to Yokogawa Global Website)

Overview:
  • Highlyadvanced biopharmaceutical plant uses CENTUM, VP Batch, Exaquantum and PRM.
  • Total system integration for large-scale biotech production facility.
Industries:
Overview:
  • 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.
Industries:
Overview:
  • Stable operation and proactive maintenance were realized at new coal-chemical plant in China.
  • Yokogawa engineers ensured a successful and efficient commissioning and startup.
Overview:
  • 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
Industries:
Overview:
  • Italian waste to energy plant turns to CENTUM, PRM and FOUNDATION fieldbus solution
  • Nearly 1500 FOUNDATION fieldbus devices are monitored and managed using the PRM
Overview:
  • Replacement of legacy control system by CENTUM CS 3000
  • Replacement of 4 – 20 mA protocol to FOUNDATION fieldbus™
Industries:
Overview:
  • Steady boiler control by CENTUM CS 3000 with dual redundant CPUs and seven 9s availability
  • Total plant information integrated into supervisory information system via OPC interface
  • Reduced water, coal and other resource consumption
Industries:
Overview:
  • Xstrata designed and supplied a plant wide process control system for the project based on a Yokogawa CENTUM CS 3000 system.
  • Xstrata has used Yokogawa extensively in the past and trusted the reliability of the CS 3000 system.
Industries:
Overview:
  • Yokogawa's integrated solutions control FGD processes at Romania's largest power plant
  • SO2 and dust emissions are controlled within the EU environmental standards
Industries:
Overview:
  • CENTUM CS3000 seamlessly integrates with multivendor control systems through OPC interface. 
  • Challenging predictive maintenance to monitor many transmitter data through PRM.
Industries:
Overview:
  • Smooth fieldbus deployment through first-class project management and expertise
  • Reduced operating costs by utilizing the latest technology
Industries:
Overview:
  • Computerized Maintenance Management System by PRM and SAP Schedules Field Instrumentation Maintenance.
  • The frame applications and DTMs support the preventive maintenance strategy with self-diagnostic and condition monitoring.
Overview:
  • DCS, SIS, PRM with FOUNDATION fieldbus and OTS Installed in Thailand First LNG Terminal.
  • Alarms are issued before any device fails completely, enabling predictive maintenance that reduces maintenance costs throughout the facility lifecycle.
Overview:
  • FDT technology gives users centralized access to all devices.
  • FDT technology provides a common environment for configuring, operating, or maintaining any devices.
Industries:
Overview:
  • Fieldbus technology introduced to realize predictive and preventive maintenance.
  • ISAE to improve the reliability of diagnosis and parameter setting, utilizing data collected by PRM.
Overview:
  • 16,000 FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices
  • Main Automation Contractor (MAC)
  • DCS anywhere concept integration with site SAP system
  • Long term maintenance contract
  • Sustainable development
Overview:
  • CS Batch is used to automate a wide range of Reichhold's batch processes and multi-product/multi-path processes.
  • Using PRM, process engineers can immediately find out the status of every field device without having to do an onsite inspection.
Overview:
  • HMEL selected an integrated solution from Yokogawa
  • Yokogawa India oversaw and implemented the engineering, installation, and commissioning of the refinery
Overview:

Eraring Power Station, located just north of Sydney, is one of the largest power stations in Australia, comprising four 660MW coal-fired units. The power station has operated reliably since 1981. To ensure continued reliability for the next few decades, Eraring Energy, the owner of the power plant, decided to replace the original hard-wired control equipment with a modern integrated control and monitoring system (ICMS).

Industries:
Overview:
  • This is the first offshore platform in Thailand that is designed to make full use of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology.
  • Thanks to Yokogawa's highly reliable systems and products, a safe working environment has been achieved.
Industries:
Overview:
  • Integration of CENTUM CS 3000 with ProSafe-RS improves plant safety and reliability.
  • Yokogawa's PRM package manages more than 500 HART field devices including control valves.
Overview:

Thai Acrylic Fibre Co., Ltd. (TAF) was established in 1987 and is currently a leading acrylic fiber manufacturer in the ASEAN region with 450 employees. It produces a wide range of acrylic fiber productions with varied deniers and the annual production recorded 77,000 megatons in 2004 which is five times the production rate at the time of establishment.

Overview:
  • PRM allows a preventive maintenance approach where maintenance can be scheduled and performed before a field device fails.
  • Exaquantum gathers plant data from the CENTUM VP to generate a variety of reports on the polymerization process.
Overview:
  • Smooth and safe switchover to the new system
  • Easy-to-use, easy-to-engineer system, plus various post-installation enhancements
  • Tuned controllers for smooth plant operation and better traceability of process upsets
  • Various other improvements thanks to advanced process control and MVC implementation
Overview:

Saudi Aramco's operations span the globe and the energy industry. The world leader in crude oil production, Saudi Aramco also owns and operates an extensive network of refining and distribution facilities, and is responsible for gas processing and transportation installations that fuel Saudi Arabia's industrial sector. An array of international subsidiaries and joint ventures deliver crude oil and refined products to customers worldwide.

Industries:
Overview:
  • CENTUM VP Batch package improves productivity.
  • Reduction of operator workload and safe operation.
Industries:
Overview:
  • NAM needs to remotely monitor field devices and organize their maintenance schedule.
  • True value in instrument diagnostics and preventative maintenance with powerful software tools like DTM.
Industries:
Overview:
  • Extremely cost-effective, reliable fieldbus solution to revive control system
  • Minimized total cost of ownership and maximized total value of ownership
Industries:
Overview:
  • Yokogawa provides CENTUM CS 3000, Exaquantum and PRM solutions for China's largest refinery/petrochemical complex.
  • Process data management by Exaquantum is a key issue in the petrochemical complex.
Industries:
Overview:

PetroChina Guangxi Petrochemical Company has completed construction of a combined refinery and petrochemical production complex in Qinzhou, a port city in China's Guangxi Autonomous Region. With a 10 million ton per year capacity, the refinery is one of China's largest, and is truly world class, using a highly advanced hydrogenation process, with the main process technologies coming from the USA and France.

Overview:
  • Using the CENTUM CS 3000 system, many kinds of plant key performance indexes are calculated and analyzed to produce further improvements.
  • During plant start-up, PRM helps the customer's engineers perform all the loop checks.
Overview:
  • Yokogawa's CENTUM VP and PRM improve efficiency at new nylon plant in Thailand.
  • At the plant startup stage, PRM was used together with FieldMate to thoroughly check all loops.
Overview:
  • Yokogawa's integrated solution contributed to reliable and efficient operation.
  • All the instrument information is fully integrated with the instrument management system.
Overview:

The municipal water system of Oviedo, Florida provides high quality water to more than 30,000 area residents from its West Mitchell Hammock and A.M. Jones water treatment facilities. The West Mitchell Hammock facility is designed to provide an average daily flow of 10 million gallons per day (MGD), with an ultimate design flow of 16 MGD. 

Overview:
  • A Japanese petrochemical plant leverages FDT/DTM-compliant intelligent field devices and Yokogawa's PRM asset management system for maintenance efficiency.
  • The customer aims to improve maintenance efficiency further by introducing condition-based maintenance (CBM).
Industries:
Overview:
  • 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.
Overview:

Process automation end users are under more pressure than ever to do more with less. The current economic climate means that many automation capital projects are on hold. With capital budgets tighter than ever, users instead focus on operational budgets (where cost cutting is also a key concern), or on automation investments with a very rapid return on investment.

Overview:

In today's dynamic industrial marketplace, the only constant is change. Raw material costs, energy costs, market demands, environmental and safety regulations, technology, and even the nature of the labor force itself are constantly changing, and not always in predictable directions.

Overview:

March 2006

The new CSPC (CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited) petrochemical complex at Daya Bay in southern China is one of the world's largest process industry projects (see box, Figure 1 and Table). It has a control system to match. Process Worldwide spoke to Johan Veerman, principal instrument and process control engineer at CSPC, about the challenges of managing such a huge job.

Industries:
Overview:

May 2006

Predictive maintenance allows to schedule plant maintenance before a failure occurs only when it is necessary, greatly reducing unnecessary inspection and improving productivity. Yokogawa's Asset Excellence initiative helps its customers make their plant asset condition predictable and performance sustainable.

Overview:

2011

Decades of operation, modernization and expansion have left many chemical plants with a somewhat haphazard automation mix of different controls, process control systems, remote I/Os and field devices. The various components may use different communication protocols such as HART, PROFIBUS or FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and are often based on different device integration technologies. 

Overview:

Combining smart instruments, analyzers and valves with a modern asset management system can provide faster response to incidents, enable proactive maintenance, and reduce downtime.

Overview:

September 2007

Yokogawa's web-based DCS Anywhere has simplified commissioning at the Nanhai petrochemicals complex. With a total investment of 4.2 billion US dollars, the Nanhai petrochemicals complex at Daya Bay in Huizhou, China, has attracted a lot of attention because of its sheer scale.

Overview:

Offshore, February 2013

Offshore and deep-water production has been a significant factor in the sustained growth of the oil and gas industries over the past decade and this trend is expected to continue beyond 2013. 

Overview:

October 2008

Yokogawa's Raju Seshadri reveals the latest trends in predictive maintenance solutions. We all dream of being able to see into the future, of being able to predict what will happen before it has, and taking decisive action before something negative occurs later.

Overview:

September 2006

Asset management systems need to be able to handle more data and present information in better formats if plant managers are to move towards proactive maintenance, says John van der Geer, industrial automation marketing manager at Yokogawa Europe.

Overview:

July 2010

Martin te Lintelo, Yokogawa Europe B.V., The Netherlands, discusses high level control system design for LNG receiving terminals. As demand for LNG increases worldwide, players face seemingly conflicting challenges. On one hand, they must expand capacity in different regions, make the business and production as agile and adaptive as possible, and improve operational efficiency.

Overview:

LNG Industry, Summer 2012

Martin te Lintelo, Yokogawa, The Netherlands, discusses the need for better automation, measurement and control instruments to cope with the rising popularity of LNG.

Overview:

Yokogawa Electric Corporation promotes the standardization of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus as the communication foundation supporting Asset Excellence for VigilantPlant, which is an approach aimed at the advancement of plant instruments and equipment. With the recent dramatic advancement of fieldbus technologies, information processing technologies, and network speed, it has become possible to process various kinds of information inside the field sensors and transmit the results to the distributed control system (DCS) and host computer.

Overview:

In 2005, Yokogawa announced "VigilantPlant" as a concept to ward the realization of a type of plant operation that is considered ideal by our customers.

Overview:

Intelligent field instruments and process analyzers accumulate diverse field information including process values and diagnostic results. This data needs to be sent to upper systems such as distributed control systems (DCS) via digital communications such as FOUNDATION Fieldbus and analyzer buses, or hybrid communications such as HART and Brain, and visualized to enable the customer to utilize them for plant operations and maintenance.

Overview:

More than ten years have passed since the first digitized field devices were introduced. These support either a hybrid communication protocol such as HART or a full digital communication protocol such as FOUNDATION Fieldbus.

Overview:

As field instrumentation devices become increasingly digitized and computerized, interactive and remote access to a large quantity of field information becomes possible. This will increase the efficiency of plant equipment maintenance by reducing labor requirements in field patrol work for example. 

Yokogawa Technical Report
Overview:

There has been increasing demand for cost reductions and lower-priced products in the manufacturing industry, and maintaining cost competitiveness and achieving optimum costs have become necessary for the survival of manufacturers. This calls for minimizing TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) over the whole life cycle of plants and maximizing TVO (Total Value of Ownership).

Yokogawa Technical Report
Overview:

Process automation involves both operation and maintenance. Plant operation and monitoring are mainly conducted by a control system such as CENTUM, while equipment maintenance is handled by Plant Asset Management (PAM) such as Plant Resource Manager (PRM).

Yokogawa Technical Report
Overview:

As compared to Distributed Control Systems (DCS) such as CENTUM VP that monitors the operations of the overall plant, PRM is a type of Plant Asset Management (PAM) software package that primarily focuses on the maintenance of devices and instruments.

Yokogawa Technical Report
Overview:

Environment and safety are major topics on a global scale in recent times. As symbolized by the effectuation of the Kyoto Protocol, an interest in preserving the environment is growing worldwide, and there is also a tendency to criticize more severely, occurrences of industrial accidents that are accompanied by environmental contamination or which may cause damage, etc., to residents in the surrounding areas.

Overview:

The FieldMate versatile device management wizard is PC software mainly used for configuring and adjusting field devices. Under the concept of "one tool for all," Yokogawa has been enhancing this software to support a wide range of field devices and field communication protocols.

Industries:
Overview:

Asset Excellence (AE) provides a set of solutions for maintaining a plant in good condition at reasonable cost to ensure that it works as a production infrastructure. To reduce maintenance costs without causing a risk to production, it is necessary to change from breakdown maintenance to predictive or preventive maintenance.

Overview:

Latest field devices have not only various self-diagnosis functions but also process-interface-diagnosis functions such as valve diagnosis of valve positioners and impulse line blockage detection of differential pressure transmitters. The YVP valve positioner can easily perform initial tuning, parameter adjustment, trend monitoring, and valve diagnosis, by using the ValveNavi YVP management software.

Overview:

Due to emerging competitors from the rapidly growing countries such as India and China and the global economic downturn triggered by the Lehman shock, many companies in the process industries are struggling to survive the severe global competition.

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