Production control enhancements eliminates downtime

9th July 2018
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Production control enhancements eliminates downtime

New functions have been added to the CENTUM VP integrated production control system by Yokogawa, and it will be released as CENTUM VP R6.06 on July 17. CENTUM VP is the core product in the OpreXControl and Safety System family of solutions.

The enhancements to CENTUM VP R6.06 include the addition of support for Windows Server 2016, a modification that enables FCS programs to be upgraded with minimal interruption to operations, and the addition of a function to the Automation Design Suite (AD Suite) integrated engineering environment that allows minor modifications to be made to applications software during witness inspections. (This is in addition to the bulk editing function already provided with AD Suite.) This improves engineering efficiency and helps customers improve productivity.

Work that would normally have to wait several years until the SDM period can now be done at a time of the customer’s own choosing.

This is possible because of modifications to the CENTUM VP software that enable a smoother switchover between the dual-redundant control-side and standby-side CPU modules. This both improves uptime and allows users to freely choose when to install upgrades.

In addition, Yokogawa has enhanced its support organisation to ensure that its customers receive all necessary technical support with their system maintenance activities. With this version of CENTUM VP, downtime is eliminated, productivity is enhanced, and users are able to take advantage of the latest control technologies.

Originally developed by Yokogawa for use with CENTUM VP R6.01, the AD Suite integrated engineering environment greatly improves the efficiency of engineering throughout the plant lifecycle.

For this latest version of CENTUM VP, modifications have been made to AD Suite that give users the ability to quickly and easily implement modifications to application control logic and alarm attributes.

Such modifications to system software can be immediately executed with the single action of clicking on an icon on the editor screen. This function greatly reduces the amount of time needed to make such modifications, and users are able to choose whether to implement changes singly or in groups.

CENTUM VP R6.06 is compatible with Windows Server 2016, which delivers the latest security functions.

Target markets are oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, water supply and wastewater treatment, non-ferrous metals, metal, cement, etc.

Applications include monitoring and control of plant operations.


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