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Yokogawa releases Plant Resource Manager R3.12

July 2014 IT in Manufacturing

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the release of Plant Resource Manager (PRM) R3.12. PRM is a software package that is capable of managing large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment, thereby allowing their status to be monitored and diagnosed online. With PRM R3.12, self-diagnostic information is now displayed in a more intuitive format based on the NAMUR NE107 recommendations, and network functions have been enhanced for upstream oil and gas applications. With this new release of its PRM package, Yokogawa aims to expand its share of the maintenance market.

Development background

Manufacturers in the process industry are constantly working to improve maintenance efficiency by using systems that can manage large amounts of data from manufacturing equipment in order to monitor the status and identify maintenance needs.

When a device management system detects multiple problems in more than one device, maintenance personnel must quickly assess the severity of each problem and prioritise their actions. Equipment failures in plants must be dealt with quickly, so appropriate responses are required when it appears likely that a failure will soon occur. To satisfy these needs, this information is now displayed in an easier to understand format within PRM R3.12, allowing maintenance personnel to judge which actions will receive top priority.

This new version of PRM also offers enhanced network functionality, including improved support of wireless and satellite communications for upstream oil and gas applications.

Enhancements

Intuitive, easy to understand display

This new PRM version uses easy-to-understand NAMUR NE107-compliant symbols for the four primary device diagnostic categories, namely, failure, check function, out of specification, and maintenance required. While previous PRM versions were capable of indicating the severity of a device malfunction based on the self-diagnostic data, R3.12 makes clear at a glance what kind of response is required.

Network functionality for upstream oil and gas applications

The network function has been expanded to incorporate support for narrow-band wireless and satellite communications. Consequently, both PRM and the scada software installed at a central control facility enjoy improved connectivity with the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented systems that perform monitoring and control functions at widely distributed remote sites such as wellheads and pipeline pump stations. The centralised monitoring of device status at such remote locations meets our customers’ need for improved maintenance efficiency. With this new functionality, Yokogawa anticipates that it will be able to expand its maintenance business in the oil and gas industries.

Target markets and applications for the software include maintenance of field devices in process industries such as oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, water and wastewater treatment.

For more information contact Charles van Haght, Yokogawa SA, +27 (0)11 831 6300, charles.vanhaght@za.yokogawa.com, www.yokogawa.com/za



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