Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the development and worldwide release of the CENTUM® VP Virtual Operator Trainer. This cloud-based virtual training program, which is being offered as part of the Holistic Training Solutions suite, enables plant personnel to quickly acquire the knowledge and skills needed to operate the CENTUM VP integrated production control system, Yokogawa’s flagship product.
The Holistic Training Solutions aim to provide instruction in plant processes and safety, as well as control system and field device operation and engineering. Targeted at plant operators, maintenance staff, and engineers, these cloud-based e-learning programs enable users to receive training wherever and whenever they have access to a PC and the Internet. Efficient and cost-effective, these programs can be used in combination with conventional lecture-based training and various interactive review tools to quickly and effectively give personnel the desired knowledge and skills.
The first programs in the Holistic Training Solutions suite are general-purpose tools focusing on plant safety and process training, and were released in June 2013 and March 2014, respectively. The newly announced CENTUM VP Virtual Operator Trainer is the first product-specific program to be developed for the Holistic Training Solutions suite. By running this program on a PC, trainees can gain experience working with the same graphics, navigation, alarms, reports, etc. that they would see on an actual CENTUM VP human interface station (HIS). This can be used both before and after lectures to reinforce learning and accelerate the acquisition of skills.
To enhance plant safety by helping plant operators, maintenance staff, and engineers maintain and improve their skills, Yokogawa plans to develop and release additional product-specific virtual training programs and e-learning tools with simulator functions as part of its Holistic Training Solutions.
Yokogawa's global network of 88 companies spans 55 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$4 billion company conducts cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa (yokogawa.com) is engaged in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food.