Yokogawa has been developing CENTUM VP as the cornerstone of the VigilantPlant business concept for operational excellence. In accordance with the company's ‘Evolution 2015’ business plan, Yokogawa's aim with the development of CENTUM VP Release 5.02 has been to achieve best-in-class functionality and reliability.
With the shift toward larger and more efficient industrial plants that make use of highly functional systems and devices, processes are growing more complex. The increased use of field devices is also providing more data on these processes. To give operators better access to essential information, Yokogawa has developed new functions that improve the operability of the control and monitoring displays. In addition, a PROFIBUS communication function has been enhanced to give operators the full benefits of field digital communications: a means by which plant operations are optimised by making full and effective use of digital information exchanged between intelligent field devices and the CENTUM VP system.
CENTUM VP Release 5.02 features strengthened operation and monitoring functions, including a function that uses instrument tag names to create hierarchies that allow operators to quickly and easily access information on the status of plant operations. Additional changes that improve operational and maintenance efficiency include more memory for the storage of historical data, improved graphic display operability, enhanced control logic correlation, and standardised printing formats. With these functions, Yokogawa has made progress in accommodating certain requirements of the VGB R 170C operational guideline, opening up new opportunities for CENTUM VP in Europe and other growing power plant markets.
Reinforced PROFIBUS communications include a newly released communication module, the ALP121, which complies with the PROFIBUS communication standard that has been widely adopted by the chemical and other industries, primarily in Europe. As specified in PROFIBUS User Organisation (PNO) guidelines, the ALP121 module supports the use of redundant communication paths with subsystems, improving overall system reliability. The installation of additional devices and online parameter changes are also enabled, which makes it easier to maintain devices and
operate a plant.
Main target markets include 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
Future product development
With CENTUM VP as its core platform, Yokogawa continues to develop a variety of production control systems. As called for in the ‘Evolution 2015’ mid-term business plan, Yokogawa is strengthening its offering of comprehensive solutions to target markets. For example, in the oil & gas upstream market, Yokogawa continues to develop collaboration/decision support solutions (CDSS) that are capable of acquiring and integrating information from production control systems distributed over a wide area.
For further information about the CENTUM VP Release 5.02 and VigilantPlant, visit the website at www.yokogawa.com/eu.