Yokogawa has been continuously developing and enhancing CENTUM VP as a cornerstone of its IA business's VigilantPlant® vision for operational excellence. In accordance with the strategies set out in the Evolution 2015 mid-term business plan, CENTUM VP has been enhanced with a variety of new functions.
New Features Include:
1. Wide area communication (WAC) router for control via public communications networks
Yokogawa has developed a WAC router that enables a CENTUM VP system to remotely monitor and control equipment over a wide area network (WAN) established using public communication lines, satellite links, and the like. The WAC router provides the same high reliability and security as the Vnet/IP control network that is used with Yokogawa production control systems. It compensates for limited bandwidth and transmission delays by prioritizing communications based on data type and target. For added reliability, the router has dual redundant communication modules. Each of these modules can be linked with the WAN by up to two communications lines. When two lines are employed, they may be of the same type or of different types, e.g. satellite link and fiber optic cable. The router enables reliable and inexpensive monitoring and control of widely distributed facilities such as the offshore platforms used in oil and gas exploration and production.
2. Enhanced batch functions
The CENTUM VP R5.03 batch package*1 is based on ISA-88 and has enhanced functions that allow greater flexibility when accommodating changes in production procedures. The number of operating procedures has been increased and the recipe*2 procedure has been provided with additional levels of granularity, simplifying the process of making recipe changes. CENTUM VP R5.03 is thus ideal for companies that employ complex batch production processes and are engaged in such industries as foods, pharmaceuticals, and specialty chemicals.
*1 Used with batch processes that rely on the same facilities and equipment to produce a variety of products.
*2 A batch process recipe defines the manufacturing process for a specific product, specifying the requirements for items such as equipment, formulas, and procedures.
3. Easy integration with intelligent electric devices (IEDs)
CENTUM VP R5.03 supports the IEC 61850 communication protocol, which has been widely adopted in the electric power industry and other industries that operate extensive electrical facilities. This latest version of CENTUM VP can integrate data from intelligent electric devices and be used to monitor the operations at power plants whose electrical facilities have been designed based on the IEC 61850 standard. This allows better integration with power plant operations, and also enables the monitoring of electrical facilities at many other types of plants.
4. Eight-loop operation keyboard
A new keyboard has been released with sets of dedicated function keys that can be used to simultaneously adjust eight control loops. For graphic, alarm, and trending operations, there are also dedicated control keys, operation confirmation keys, window call-up keys, a total of 64 special function keys, and keys for alarm acknowledgement and key locking. This keyboard has been designed to make it easier for plant operators to perform their tasks.
Major Target Markets
Process control and monitoring applications 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 wastewater treatment.
Control and monitoring of plants and production equipment.
With CENTUM VP as its core platform, Yokogawa continues to develop a variety of production control systems. Based on the Evolution 2015 mid-term business plan, Yokogawa is strengthening its range of comprehensive solutions for targeted markets.
VigilantPlant is Yokogawa's automation concept for safe, reliable, and profitable plant operations. It 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. Based on this concept, Yokogawa introduces a variety of solutions through its Safety Excellence, Asset Excellence, Production Excellence, and Lifecycle Excellence initiatives.
Yokogawa's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 80 companies spans 54 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$3 billion company (yokogawa.com) has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,200 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.