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Yokogawa has designed FAST/TOOLS to enable the most effective transfer of data and knowledge. That is why so many global industrial companies and utilities rely on FAST/TOOLS to deliver high levels of data integration and guaranteed data integrity. FAST/TOOLS is a complete SCADA software environment with the following features:
Through its core software, FAST/TOOLS supports multiple operating systems including Linux, Unix and Windows. To interface with third-party applications, FAST/TOOLS applies numerous industry standards.
Broad compatibility enables seamless integration with systems that are used for accounting, asset management, Big Data analytics, information technology, modeling, optimization and simulation.
Our comprehensive lifecycle management approach eliminates the uncertainties and risks in system migration. Regardless of the application or OS, all customer systems are always on the FAST/TOOLS update track and development roadmap.
Since FAST/TOOLS maintains very limited ties to the operating system (OS) and is not built on any third-party software, it allows updates such as new Windows versions to be rolled out with minimum effort. Deployment is greatly simplified and version updates incur zero down-time.
With FAST/TOOLS, concerns over live update rates and throughput are things of the past. Even on relatively low-bandwidth satellite networks, FAST/TOOLS processes 400,000 updates per second.
The compact, efficient FAST/TOOLS architecture means that there is never a requirement for separate servers to handle alarming, real-time data, historian or any other SCADA functions.
Scalability, system expansions and system sizing are also non-issues. FAST/TOOLS supports database capacities up to 16 million points in a single server, 4096 servers in a system and virtually unlimited historical archives.
FAST/TOOLS puts today’s best operator practices into service. Yokogawa’s active participation in standards development allows us to incorporate the industry’s latest concepts in advanced decision support, alarm management (ISA 18.2), operator visualization (ISA101), control room design (ISO 11064) and procedure automation (ISA106).
Advanced Operating Graphics (AOG) is a consulting service provided by Yokogawa to design PCS user interface based on human factors and knowledge engineering in order to improve users’ situation awareness.
Figure AOG Consulting Process
To help customers towards a more effective HMI strategy we have developed a symbol library adopting the ISA-101 philosophies. It is designed to develop and establish a consistent approach to effective HMI development and implementation for manufacturing and especially process industries. End users, automation suppliers and system integrators can use this standard to create more effective HMIs, which will lead to higher productivity and a safer operating environment. The template and Object Oriented structures based on this library contribute as comprehensive elements towards more effective high-performance HMI’s.
The FAST/TOOLS Real-Time Operations Platform is the core that facilitates data integration from a broad array of sources and enables sharing of all information with the relevant stakeholders.
The basic functions of FAST/TOOLS are associated with Web-based Graphical User Interface, data acquisition, interaction with field equipment, real time event/alarm management, trending, reporting and storing the real-time and historical information. FAST/TOOLS is furthermore accompanied by system installation and configuration tools, a data management system and real-time networking for communication between the modules. Additional modules can be added as plug-ins to the networking layer to increase the required functionality.
FAST/TOOLS is a truly distributed system. When individual FAST/TOOLS servers are interconnected, information from any server can be visualized anywhere in the system. This is not only limited to tag values but also alarm information and historical data.
For example, a Web HMI server allows users to visualize and interact with information from any other server in the Enterprise. The Alarm Overview shows alarms combined among all the servers. Trends can combine historical data from different servers and process values from different servers are shown in the same display. This functionality does not require tags to be replicated to a central server; instead, they are truly distributed.
FAST/TOOLS many engineering features and functions make it one of the most extensive SCADA solutions today. It enables flexible and remote engineering capabilities.
The engineering environment of FAST/TOOLS provides a familiar Windows look and feel. FAST/TOOLS engineering module has evolved to an intuitive interface layer that improves efficiency and easily adapts to new generations of users. Advanced functions and default settings can be concealed on user group/account basis to adapt to specific user level and requirements. While running the engineering environment on a client, the user can always configure the server regardless of which operating system is installed. The engineering environment can run on the host server as well as on multiple clients simultaneously as a multi user environment.
As a next evolution in SCADA, FAST/TOOLS now allows a centralized engineering database which can be used for remote and centralized engineering. Multiple engineers can work on the engineering database at the same time and remotely deploy updates or alterations to FAST/TOOLS servers either on location or at remote sites.
An "information model", to allow for process hierarchies, makes sense out of the ever increasing volume of data. Enabling multilevel namespaces, items and objects can be created up to 128 levels, and up to 255 characters, e.g. "Country.Region.BusinessUnit.Area.Section.Unit. …… Tag (item)." Each namespace can be used as a grouping for other entity types. This means, for example, that at the process unit level, an oil well can be defined. At the area level, an accumulator can be defined that accumulates all the oil production of the area. And at the business unit level, an accumulator can be defined that accumulates all oil production of the area level accumulators.
FAST/TOOLS provide a large number of symbols. Currently as standard more than 3000 industrial and manufacturing symbols are included. These libraries can be extended with any number of custom symbols.
Symbols can be transferred into objects with predefined properties and characteristics. The engineering environment allows for modifying standard available objects or creates new objects through the FAST/TOOLS entities in the engineering module. This functionality enables application engineering on a higher level using functional objects rather than configuring the system on item level. A unique functionality of the FAST/TOOLS engineering environment is loading and exporting the entire application configuration though the quick load engineering utility. This enables the user to quick load applications and modifications online without stopping the system from its real-time duties.
The requirements for Enterprise wide Process Automation Solutions are driving the needs to create sense in the ever increasing volume of data. An ‘Information Model’ allows for Process Hierarchies and FAST/TOOLS supports the enhanced information model (tree) by supporting objects under objects. This will further simplify the use and re-use of templates and typicals to increase re-usability and hence reduce engineering cost.
Plant equipment (e.g. block valves, pumps) can be organized as objects with defined properties and characteristics. The defined objects can be easily propagated to the entire wide area application by assigning a unique tag number to each object. A ‘Quick-load’ configuration utility is available to build the application database from the plant database in e.g. MS Excel/Access. These unique engineering functions save engineering time and reduce errors, especially for larger systems and for future extensions.
Modifications or adding/deleting configuration data and objects can be also done online without the requirement to stop/reboot the system. This applies for almost anything in the system such as tags, objects, symbols, classes, templates, graphics, etc. Bulk modification can be done via the “quick-load”. Exports out of live systems can also be done for comparison and analysis.
To create efficiency within an organization, collaboration between business units, specialists and operators is crucial. Sharing data across an environment is not effective unless this data is quickly analyzed and put to good use. FAST/TOOLS provides a powerful HMI with flexibility and capabilities that surpass standard SCADA HMI’s.
FAST/TOOLS supports the deployment of mobile devices (Web browser based) with its HTML5 HMI environment. This enables users to be able to create powerful client applications that bring HMI graphics, diagnostics and alarms to any device in the field with a web browser.
FAST/TOOLS server centric architecture allows clients to start FAST/TOOLS from any web browser. There is no need to manage licenses on the client side.
Ensure faster application delivery and increased IT productivity through a broadly accepted technology which is positioned to leverage standard and proven web security techniques as administered by IT departments.
FAST/TOOLS can be modeled according to any ergonomic guideline or corporate style due to its flexible nature. Free format of display layouts, graphic designs, layers, use of any true color pallet, no resolutions limitations, navigation panes and zoom & pan are native properties. Due to the web-based nature of FAST/TOOLS graphics build can also be used for video walls or mobile tablets. You can generate any color scheme, style or corporate visuals required to meet the demand and standards within your organization, as well as create a unified look & feel across all your platforms.
FAST/TOOLS provides the possibility to integrate data from various FAST/TOOLS nodes within one HMI display, each channeling different information streams. This allows for the combination of specific datasets for specific areas or management levels. With FAST/TOOLS you can provide one unified HMI across multiple information sources.
FAST/TOOLS CDSS expands the visualization of key operational information with powerful components founded on the most sophisticated operations management platform in the market and its ‘state of the art’ visualization environment, capturing ‘real-time’ operations, maintenance and business information in a single view.
FAST/TOOLS CDSS informative views support data collection from a variety of sources which can be shared – globally – allowing continuous application improvement and management. CDSS contributes to the optimization of the efficiency of resources by facilitating the move to ‘real-time’ information sharing.
FAST/TOOLS enables the use of different visual layers of information within one system. Different users can be authorized to see and/or access specific visual layers. Information can be logically grouped through the support of dynamic layers & visibility groups. Details can be turned on and off triggered by security settings, process conditions and zoom levels. Not only does this feature provide additional safety and security to the user environment, but it also allows for a decluttered and focused user environment.
Assets such as data and network systems represent a large value to any organization. Protecting these assets is a high priority and focus at most times. One of the main security weaknesses in any environment are users. Without the proper approach, users have a risk of causing negative operational and business consequences to data and system networks
FAST/TOOLS privileging mechanism prevents users from accidentally operating equipment beyond their responsibility, or accessing data they should not see. Users can be assigned to specific process areas, with privileges ranging from view-only up to full system configuration. A single FAST/TOOLS environment can support multiple users accessing simultaneously with different privileges. Customization of start-up displays and limitations of allowed actions by the user make sure that there is always full control of user rights and safety.
Three key elements of user management, and also the root of contradiction within that user management, are security, efficiency and compliance. FAST/TOOLS recognizes the need for secure user management without disrupting the everyday operations and efficiency, but also complying with company or industry standards and regulations. FAST/TOOLS role based management let’s an organization decide on the number of area’s and functions, and within each role decide which functions are available in which area.
FAST/TOOLS user/role management capabilities focus on the privileges and authorization rights of users in their specific role for each area and function. This allows for creation of a comprehensive profile in which you can also specify the following per role:
Some configuration changes or control actions can greatly influence the behavior of the system that is being controlled and monitored. All logged user actions can be viewed and browsed with the FAST-TOOLS Audit trail functionality. FAST/TOOLS offers the possibility to define in a flexible way the events that must be stored, together with additional information such as operator name, application program making the change, location and the date/time that the change took place.
FAST/TOOLS provides a comprehensive real-time operations video recording module. It provides an intuitive playback function which is acting like the systems “flight recorder”. HMI Displays are recorded live and can provide real-time, synchronized live video feedback at any point in time combined with (historical) alarm & events, process data and trended data. This even includes the mouse tracks and relevant keyboard strokes.
Data is one of the most valuable assets of any organization. Making sure that data is available and secure throughout an environment will increase its effectiveness. FAST/TOOLS system integrity features will ensure an optimal performing system environment and secure its content and uptime.
FAST/TOOLS delivers dual, triple and quad server architectures and redundant hard drive configurations (RAID), independent of applied communications media, geographical distance, domains and system server hardware. The authorized user can easily manage the active and stand-by server assignments, fail-over sequences and toggle between auto and manual mode.
Data is continuously synchronized between FAST/TOOLS servers using integrity checks and updates at fail-over and initial system start-up. The embedded watchdog decides whether the system is sufficiently healthy to carry on and take the least intrusive course of action to recover from any failure.
Natively integrated failover/fallback features in the FAST/TOOLS software architecture secure an optimized and effective redundancy of your control environment. Automated network checks and instant switch-over between servers.
Data can be stored to external storage manually, on an ad-hoc basis or automatically. This is all handled by the scheduling mechanism of the external storage archiving process. Any media that can be mapped to a drive letter within the operating system such as CD/DVDwriters, USB-disks, RAID-disk arrays and tape libraries will be acknowledged by FAST/TOOLS.
FAST/TOOLS supports lifetime data archiving to meet the application requirements. All data is kept on storage to be available for online trending, historical alarm displays with a lifetime that can range from hours, weeks or years. In addition there is the possibility to securely transfer relevant data to other end-user applications.
FAST/TOOLS adapts to the latest security measures, even supporting level 2 and level 3 security features and supports the required procedures to work in compliance with the ISA-99 policies. FAST/TOOLS mitigates the vulnerabilities by securing data transport using Secure Sockets Layer and if necessary equipped with a VPN connection. FAST/TOOLS supports synchronization with Windows user authentication processes and account settings in order to avoid multiple logins for the same user, to Windows (or other supported platforms) and subsequent to FAST/TOOLS or to avoid complex user and user authorization maintenance.
FAST/TOOLS AD integration reduces effort for defining FAST/TOOLS users and authorization across multiple servers in a Windows domain, especially when Windows user use multiple applications. This allows for a more integrated authorization and role based policy used throughout the entire organization, further stimulating the integration of field and business environments.
Users with profiles in multiple Active Directory domains can have a merged user profile in FAST/TOOLS in accordance with their authentications and authorization credentials.
Data and system security are important aspects for integrated automation solutions. This includes the possibility to encrypt host to host communication as a second level of defence and security besides IT based services such as the native integration with Active Directory Services.
At HMI level single sign-on is supported with HTTP requests, using SPNEGO as web authentication which is a standard method for user authentication for web servers, including support for AD SSO from browser environments, MS Excel, etc. Users can securely negotiate and authenticate HTTP requests for secured resources in the FAST/TOOLS Host/Application Server by using the Simple and Protected GSS-API Negotiation Mechanism (SPNEGO) as the web authentication service for the FAST/TOOL Application Server.
SPNEGO provides a mechanism for extending Kerberos to Web applications through the standard HTTP protocol. Kerberos is a network authentication protocol for client/server applications. Many types of clients connect to same web server, using different technologies that may not provide direct access to AD, especially browser based (e.g. HTML5, JAVA).
Using an extensive array of integration, drivers and support for industry communication standards, FAST/TOOLS can be the glue that binds all your information platforms together.
FAST/TOOLS can utilize any communication media for connection to other servers, applications or devices. LAN/WAN, Serial, Radio, Microwave, Satellite, Fiber and many others are supported and can be simultaneously used within a single FAST/TOOLS environment. FAST/TOOLS hardened and efficient architecture ensures a light use of bandwidth and a variety of features to setup connections and compensate for delays and loss of communication. Mix and set communication lines per device, location or a multitude of other preferences, and automate your communication fail-over sequences with FAST/TOOLS.
FAST/TOOLS supports direct communication links to various DCS/PLC/RTU systems & controllers on the same or multiple servers. FAST/TOOLS supports a wide variety of drivers communication with field equipment and has integration with all Yokogawa systems and instruments as well as driver support for all major PLC, RTU and DCS brands. An easy deployable “plug-in” driver structure, which goes beyond “traditional driver configuration”, is available for easy integration of new and existing infrastructures. This “plug-in” structure is both applicable for the Yokogawa product family as well as an extensive list of third-party controller hardware and software products.
FAST/TOOLS has flexible capabilities in data acquisition from field devices or even per process variable. Data from field devices or process variables can be acquired through various types of parameters such as scan based at regular intervals, event based initiated by the device, time based or availability based. FAST/TOOLS also features several functionalities which ensure data from field devices or processes are stored and represented in the sequence they actually were generated.
With the Remote Gateway Server (RGS) solution FAST/TOOLS delivers a unified remote visualization environment across multiple CENTUM, Prosafe-RS, 3rd party control and safety systems, PLCs and RTUs.
The RGS can directly communicate over Vnet/IP to the connected FCS, SCS and UGS stations. The RGS Server connects just as easy to Vnet/IP like any HIS or FCS. The RGS can also directly read variable and function block data and assign these to the FAST/TOOLS database points (items). The alarm detection and generation can be done from FAST/TOOLS as well while the annunciation status is controlled by FAST/TOOLS.
FAST/TOOLS provides an embedded OPC Unified Architecture (UA) environment, both OPC UA Client and OPC UA Server, certified by the OPC-Foundation. The FAST/TOOLS OPC UA environment meets the requirements of the OPC certification program for interoperability and robust performance. FAST/TOOLS also continues to supports classic OPC-DA and OPC-A&E. In addition FAST/TOOLS continues to support Tunneled OPC for distributed communication (DCOM) links over the network infrastructure. OPC Tunneling provides a secure and robust interface in a distributed manner avoiding common known OPC issues across domains.
For higher performance and integration to other RDBMS, FAST/TOOLS utilizes and embedded RDBMS engine.
The FAST/TOOLS RDBMS engine contains a “distributor” module that runs on the same machine as the external database and provides an ODBC interface to the mapped tables, allowing them to be used as “linked server” tables in the external RDBMS. This method improves data integration by allowing these tables to be queried and reported in the same way as native tables. The RDBMS engine function supports reading of data set records, historical data and current item data. The mapping of these types of data to the target tables is performed using a dialog in the engineering module. Writing data from the RDBMS back to the FAST/TOOLS DB is also possible.
Utilize FAST/TOOLS comprehensive reporting & trending platform for effective leveraging of information throughout the entire organization.
A table component can be used to present data set information in a table to the operator to display e.g. historical data, audit trail, items values, etc. in a friendly HMI based manner. It allows end-users to perform more quick queries ‘spreadsheet style’ that cross-section FAST/TOOLS data for fast insights over traditional ways This method improves data transparency by allowing these tables to be queried and reported directly in native graphics.
Provide insight into production or business data with the use of FAST/TOOLS comprehensive reporting platform. FAST/TOOLS enables to easily define relationships across sections of plant and business data which results in highly informative reports, tailored to the needs of each specific user. Data can be relayed between multiple levels within an organization and even to and from third party applications, databases or devices.
The FAST/TOOLS trend module provides rich trend visualization capabilities for real-time as well as historical operational data. Trends can bring an organization valuable insight in past and current effectiveness and efficiency.
Advanced trending/display capabilities include fast and smooth panning, zooming with clutter/decluttering based on zoom detail levels, dynamic layering, 3D view and XY plotting.
FAST/TOOLS trend component provides the option to synchronize the representation of trend data with the historical alarm statuses based on time/date. This allows for an event in the trend display showing the hairline at that exact time including the related alarms in an overview in the same display.
Reversing this can be very useful by browsing through the alarm and event overviews and instantly have the trend lines related to these time frames visible. Clicking on an individual alarm-event will cause the hairline to snap to the time the alarm was generated in the associated trend. This provides powerful online (Sequence Of) Event analysis for Historical and Real-Time data.
FAST/TOOLS trend options can also show the ‘offline’ indication. The FAST/TOOLS trend component can render a trend in such a way that there is a visual indication whether the trended value is updated or not (offline) by the field. The trend pen shows the periods over which the trended value was not actualized by the field and can provide this for each pen individually.
The trend overview provides options to simply export data directly to MS-Excel or via CSV for use in other application packages. Trend views can also be exported to
a .JPG image file. This function copies trend data values and associated parameters like tag name, alarm limits, engineering units, data status, etc. directly to the clipboard. This allows for on demand issuing of any specific trend data from the visualization environment to the office environment for external analysis.
FAST/TOOLS features a fully integrated and extensive alarm management module. Not only does this allow for more control and security, but it also enables for a more in-depth analysis of your alarm environment and efficiency.
Extensive filtering option of alarms from both current and historical alarm displays. Define multiple areas-of-interest, such as field devices or installations. Specify alarms per user or group Alarms per specific area, device or installation. Ensure users only see the alarms that belong to their area, role or responsibilities, thus increasing efficiency and security.
Generate reports from current and historical alarms and include filtering settings. Print alarms automatically, define special criteria that initiate a report print-out. Directed alarms to a printer, with the format of the alarm line to be printed set independent from the format used in the current or historical alarm displays. Export reports and overviews in CSV and XML. Reporting and acknowledgement through FAST/TOOLS alarm app for Android.
FAST/TOOLS has fully integrated Alarm System Performance Analysis (ASPA). ASPA supports the alarm system performance improvement processes to avoid operator overload and reduces the risk of critical alarms being overlooked, causing incorrect or to late decisions and putting safety as well as the continuity and quality of production at stake.
FAST/TOOLS ASPA delivers critical statistical methods, views and tools providing performance analysis in relation to the guidelines of EEMUA 191, ISA18.2 to ensure alarm system quality and effectiveness. Based on key performance measurements embedded in FAST/TOOLS ASPA, the behavior of the alarm system will be presented from different angles. This will deliver holistic and informative views providing guidance for improvement.
Routing of alarms provides possibilities for quick and efficient alarm handling. Alarm options such as setting time limits priority of alarming rerouting destinations. Apply routing for both escalation procedures as well as shift planning.
The way alarms need to be handled by the operator depends on a variety of factors, mostly determined by user specific alarm procedures. Manual and automatic alarm acknowledgement. Alarm suppression, delay, repeat, block etc. Automatic alarm handling can be used to distinguish events or ‘silent-alarms’ from alarms.
All field I/O-signals that are configured for alarming can have a status (High-High, High, Low etc.)
FAST/TOOLS allows for deciding the alarm annunciation for each status or I/O signal.
Create alarm groups and alarm collecting. An alarm group can consist of units, areas or field devices.
Apply status-item to each group, which means that acknowledgment of alarms will count for the whole group.
Full customization of alarm groups, including the connection of graphical objects to a group. Thus providing users with a quick and efficient overview of areas-of-interest.
Alewijnse provides Yokogawa's FAST/TOOLS package for a variety of marine applications, including the world's largest yachts (megayachts) built by Oceanco of The Netherlands. Alewijnse has selected FAST/TOOLS because of its quality and support, and this software has allowed them to both streamline the engineering process and reuse data.
INPEX Corporation (INPEX) is Japan's biggest oil and gas development company and is involved in all aspects of this business, from research to exploration, production, and sales. INPEX is engaged in projects all over the world, in a total of 29 countries, including Japan, where it operates a gas production plant near Oyazawa, a town in Niigata prefecture.
As the demand for food is increasing worldwide, fertilizers are playing an essential role in improving agricultural productivity. OCI Nitrogen (hereinafter OCI) is a leading producer of mineral fertilizers and the world's largest producer of melamine, which is used to make adhesives and resins for a wide range of applications, such as furniture panels, laminate flooring, coatings, paints, and plastics.
The Malampaya Deep Water Gas to Power project delivers gas from an off-shore gas field to three power plants near the city of Batangas (100 kilometers south of Manila) in the Philippines. The project consists of an off-shore production platform, a 504 km subsea pipeline, and an on-shore gas treatment plant.
Water Supply Treatment
FAST/TOOLS, STARDOM, Flowmeters, Liquid Analyzers
Granite Power is a geothermal company that has developed GRANEX®, a patented direct supercritical fluid heat transfer technology for the efficient, eco- nomic, and zero carbon emission generation of electricity from low grade geothermal sources using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC).
India's flagship natural gas company GAIL Limited integrates all India's Gas Pipelines by a Yokogawa FAST/TOOLS SCADA system.
Many different types of gases are consumed in industries as varied as chemicals, food & beverages, and medical. These gases are normally delivered in liquid form by trucks and dispensed at the customer site. Although the flow volume of cryogenic liquefied gas is used for billing purposes, it is not easy to accurately measure this because the gas is always at saturation temperatures.
Continuous Control Solutions ("CCS") has been providing advanced turbo machinery solutions to global markets since 2000 with a steadfast focus on developing advanced control algorithms implemented in the customer's choice of PLC or DCS hardware platform. CCS Turbo Machinery Control Solutions have been implemented on a variety of hardware platforms including Allen Bradley ControlLogix, Honeywell C300, Siemens S7, ABB AC800M and Emerson DeltaV.
Continuous Control Solutions ("CCS") specializes in industrial turbo-machinery control challenges for various types of industries. CCS' turbo-machinery technology and patented control algorithms are hardware platform independent and have been successfully implemented on different hardware platforms since 2004.
STARDOM field control node (FCN) autonomous controllers allow both Modbus master and slave functions to run simultaneously.
Many catalysts are used in the production of Alkyl-amines. Since some of these catalysts are recycled and reused, it is important that the plant measures and controls them to improve profitability and efficiency. Implementation of a Pilot Plant for the evaluation and selection of catalysts aimed to the improvement of the production of Alkyl-amines.
Yokogawa is one of a few companies worldwide that is able to successfully execute large SCADA host migration projects, i.e. data item counts in excess of 500,000 points. This advantage plus our robust technology coupled with the knowledge of previous Systems installed within various customers and our overall integration and knowledge of third party systems should give Yokogawa a clear technical advantage.
To make the most of the advantages of GPRS, Yokogawa's STARDOM FCN/FCJ intelligent RTUs and FAST/TOOLS SCADA package have several functions that reduce the number of packets that must be sent. This dramatically lowers communication fees.
A mineral processing company began a project to replace an aging SCADA system that monitors remote process flow data. The existing system is a large, multi-node installation based on standalone RTUs with radio communications to a central processor. Distance between locations is measured in miles.
Virtualization and Cloud Computing are becoming common terms. Global leaders in Information Technology (IT) advertise with their new solutions of Virtualization and Cloud Computing.
Due to current events of target virus attacks such as Stuxnet and Flame, the demand for cyber security has become high priority within Industrial Automation (IA). Since the beginning of IA, the global approach for security technologies has been reserved. There was a valid reason for the industry wide reticence, given that there were no direct vulnerabilities.
Virtualization and Cloud Computing are becoming common terms. Global leaders in Information Technology (IT) advertise with their new solutions of Virtualization and Cloud Computing.
Recently, several ARC Advisory Group analysts and management team members had a chance to sit down with the new Yokogawa President and COO, Mr. Takashi Nishijima, and several other top Yokogawa executives to discuss the company's burgeoning presence in the worldwide upstream and midstream oil & gas industry.
Network and system security is now a necessity in process automation industry. YOKOGAWA provides a service lifecycle solution for cyber security to ensure that the security measures and deployments are continuously enhanced, monitored and inspected.
This white paper explains the details of the security design, implementation, operation and validation solutions from the technical perspective.
There's a shift happening in American business today as companies move in-house functions, such as accounting and IT infrastructure, to external organizations with specialized expertise in those areas. This enables corporations to focus more on their core competencies while reducing fixed costs.
Many global industrial companies and utilities rely on Yokogawa's FAST/TOOLS system to deliver high levels of data integration and guaranteed data integrity demanded by these companies. Yokogawa says that the secret to FAST/ TOOLS success in these critical applications is the highly reliable design, combined with exceptional performance and the online configuration capability.
Industrial Automation Asia, August 2012
SCADA brings "real-time" operations, maintenance and business information sources together in one integrated Visualization environment. Data from different sources needs to be interrelated and translated into KPIs of the most elementary operational and business functions.
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have been part of the process industries for many decades and cyber security measures need to grow as technology advances. SCADA systems are used in oil and gas pipeline and other remote control and monitoring applications, such as electrical transmission and distribution, and water/wastewater.
Modern historians do much more than just store process data. They also provide analysis, reports, and valuable operational and business information.
One solution packaged for production control systems today is a system comprising a PLC and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software that runs on a PC. An advantage of these systems is that they can be configured at considerably lower cost than systems that use dedicated devices as they use commercially available PCs.
For large scale geographically dispersed projects, there may be a hierarchy of individual Process Automation systems, which in turn are each responsible for a specific region, and are managed by a higher level system. Engineering of systems on this scale is a huge challenge, because each individual system has its own database and its own configuration.
To improve the efficiency of operations, production control systems are working together more closely with information systems. As a result, security measures have become indispensable for production control systems though they have not been emphasized to date. Because many production control systems are used for critical infrastructure, some malware tries to attack them.
Yokogawa presents a quick review of FAST/Tools SCADA Visualization Editor. This video covers some of the most commonly used features within the visualization editor including layers, trending, and properties.
Yokogawa presents a demonstration of FAST/Tools Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Operator Interface. A sample application covers the basics of navigation, trending, alarming, diagnostics, reporting, and operator interaction playback.
Yokogawa presents a demonstration of how the combination of Stardom FCN-RTU and FAST/TOOLS SCADA can be combined to provide a powerful control and data collection system where in the event of a network disconnection or computer outage - Stardom internally buffers data that would otherwise be lost and on reconnection or restoration of the SCADA Server FAST/TOOLS is able to back-fill missing data in its trend.
Yokogawa presents a tutorial on the trending and historical data logging capabilities of the FAST/TOOLS Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software. The tutorial covers the key features of the trend application as well as setting up historical data collection.
Yokogawa presents a quick review of the FAST/TOOLS SCADA Collaboration Decision Support Solution (CDSS) option. The CDSS option allows FAST/TOOLS traditional operator interface screens to be combined with outside Internet based information for incorporation of Multimedia like camera feeds, video, news feeds, weather-feeds, stock prices, reports, and other sources of information that are critical to planning and operations.
Yokogawa is pleased to present a quick walk through of a demo application that is hosted through FAST/TOOLS SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) mobile web server. The mobile operator interface is a pure HTML 5 implementation which is suitable for any web browser that supports this standard. No accessory applications or plug-ins are required beyond a web browser. Mobile browsers such as Chrome, Dolphin, Safari on platforms such as Android, iOS, and Windows should work equally well. The mobile clients offer a reduced set of functionality compared to the regular FAST/TOOLS rich client and are primarily intended for mobile process and alarm updates.
Yokogawa presents a quick tour of a demo application for a Gas Pipeline SCADA Host. The tour shows Scheduling, EFM/EGM Metering Management, Storage, Compression, and Line Pack functionality.
Yokogawa presents a quick walk through of a liquids handling pipeline SCADA Host implemented in FAST/TOOLS 10.01. It features the fictitious AlbertaSouth Pipeline that includes tank farms, pump stations, block valves, metering stations, provers, pig launchers and receivers. It features applications like leak detection, batch scheduling, and strapping tables for storage tanks. Although it is a demonstration pipeline it does feature functionality that Yokogawa has deployed across the world on real pipeline SCADA Host projects.
Yokogawa presents a tutorial on how to create a new item point in the Stardom RTU/PAC/PLC controller and then register it in the FAST/Tools SCADA environment and have it display on an operator interface.
- Industry-first (according to Yokogawa research, as of August 27, 2018 ) solution to be demonstrated at ONS 2018 -
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