Data Acquisition & Telemetry


Yokogawa releases new paperless recorders

May 2014 Data Acquisition & Telemetry

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the release 2 of the SmartDAC+ GX and GP series paperless recorders. With this new version, all GX series panel-mounted recorders and GP series portable recorders will comply with the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines, and accommodate an increased number of inputs. In addition, a new graphics display function is available as an option.

Development background

Recorders are used on production lines and by R&D personnel in various industries to acquire, display and record data such as temperature, voltage, current, flow rate and pressure.

A shift from paper to digital recording systems is presently underway and these digital devices are often used on networks. There is also an increased demand for touch-panel user interfaces like those found on mobile devices and the capability to handle a larger number of inputs from devices spread out over a wide area.

With the functions that are included under release 2, the GX and GP series recorders now comply with the FDA 21 CFR Part 11, are capable of handling an even larger number of device inputs and are easier to use.

Enhancements

Compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11

In response to requests from US pharmaceutical companies, the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines were issued in 1997. These stipulate what is required for electronic records and electronic signatures to have the same validity as paper-based records and signatures. With release 2, the GX and GP series recorders now comply with the FDA guidelines on the use of electronic records and electronic signatures in production operations. It is expected that our recorders will also comply with similar regulations that have been established in countries other than the United States.

Accommodation of up to 450 inputs

With release 2, the GX and GP series recorders can now be used with up to six expansion units, each of which can accommodate up to 60 inputs. Including direct inputs, this gives each recorder the ability to handle a combined total of up to 450 inputs. The cables connecting the expansion units and the recorders can be up to 100 metres in length, which allows the expansion units to be installed closer to sensors and thereby reduces cabling costs.

Custom-designed graphics display function (optional)

A new display function is now available that allows users to supplement the recorder’s standard figure and chart templates by uploading graphics that can be created using a separate image editing program. For example, a graphic of a water tank or some other facility can be prepared that can be displayed together with temperature and pressure values on the recorder screen. With this function, a recorder can also function as a process display unit or console panel, in addition to its main data recording function.

Applications

GX series – production plants in industries such as iron and steel, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, food, pharmaceuticals, water supply and wastewater treatment and electrical equipment and electronics.

GP series – R&D units in industries such as consumer electronics, automobiles, semiconductors and new energy.


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