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Yokogawa’s enhanced production control system claims five times the throughput

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has unveiled Release 5 of the Centum VP integrated production control system, the company’s flagship product and a cornerstone of the VigilantPlant concept that aims to help customers realise the ideal plant.

Developed with the aim of bringing companies operational excellence through the use of field digital technology, this latest version of Centum VP will be released to the market in August this year.

With Centum VP Release 5 as a key platform, Yokogawa aims to become the leading company in the industrial automation business.

Centum VP Release 5 will demonstrate its capabilities by improving the use of plant information and reducing lifecycle costs with simplified engineering. It will also enable unified plant operations by integrating with many other systems.

Centum VP Release 5 features:

New Field Control Station (FCS). In comparison with the previous FCS, the new station will feature four times the processing performance, twice the application storage capacity, and five times the control network throughput.

Unified Gateway Station (UGS). Release 5 will also include a unified gateway station (UGS) that improves integration with other systems, allowing Centum VP to control and monitor all the systems at plants, including PLC systems.

Despite the differences in such systems, all of their operation windows will have the same Centum VP look and feel. Operators will now only need to learn how to use the Centum VP HMI, making the overall system easier to operate.

In oil and gas fields and other applications where facilities may be scattered over a very wide area, the UGS can establish a link with the small-scale systems (such as utilities) at each site as well as with Yokogawa’s Stardom network-based control system.

As such, the UGS makes possible the integrated control and monitoring of an entire system comprised of both central large-scale facilities and remote facilities via the Centum VP human machine interface.

Enhanced Alarm Management. Yokogawa’s Consolidated Alarm Management Software for Human Interface Station (CAMS for HIS) includes new functions that have been optimised for the management of change process specified in the ISA18.2 standard’s alarm management lifecycle model.

Windows Support. Included will be support for Microsoft’s latest 64 bit Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.

Release 5 will be targeted at process control and monitoring in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages, iron and steel, and water supply and sewage treatment.

VigilantPlant is Yokogawa’s automation concept for plant operations.

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