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Yokogawa releases CENTUM VP R6.03 integrated production control system

Yokogawa releases CENTUM VP R6.03 integrated production control system

May 19, 2016 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has developed CENTUM VP R6.03, a new version of the company’s integrated production control system with enhanced functionality, and will release it on June 1.

With the functional enhancements provided in R6.03, CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and CENTUM CS 3000 systems can be smoothly upgraded to Yokogawa’s latest system offering, CENTUM VP.

CENTUM VP provides an operation, monitoring, and engineering environment for every phase of the plant lifecycle, from initial design, engineering, installation of systems and equipment, and startup to full operation and the ongoing performance of renovations and modifications until it is time to withdraw a facility from service.

Over the several decades that a plant will remain in use, upgrades will need to be performed to replace aging control systems software and hardware, hold down maintenance costs, improve production capacity, and comply with new regulations. To minimize disruptions to production operations, such system upgrades should be quick and trouble-free.

CENTUM VP R6.03 was developed to ensure quick and smooth system upgrades. The features provided in R6.03 will make it possible for users of CENTUM CS (released in 1992), CENTUM CS 1000 (released in 1997), and CENTUM CS 3000 (released in 1998) systems to quickly and smoothly upgrade to CENTUM VP. The following section provides information about key features of this new CENTUM VP version.

With R6.03, the CENTUM VP input/output (IO) device and application programs have been modified to improve compatibility with CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and CENTUM CS 3000 hardware and software, thus easing the system upgrade process and reducing associated risks.

The primary components of a CENTUM system are the human interface stations (HIS) that serve as a monitoring and control interface for operators in a central control room and the field control stations (FCS) that control the actual operation of plant facilities. Each FCS has a controller and numerous IO devices that are connected to valves and the sensors used to measure flow rate, pressure, temperature, and other variables of the production process.

The functions and shape of the CENTUM VP R6.03 IO device have been modified so that it is fully interchangeable with RIO, the IO device used with CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and certain CENTUM CS 3000 systems. The modified CENTUM VP R6.03 IO device is thus fully compatible with the FCS cabinets and terminal blocks used with these earlier CENTUM systems. Upgrading to the new CENTUM VP IO is simple: just replace the existing IO module in each FCS cabinet with the new IO module. There is no need to reconfigure the wiring that connects the IO to sensors and valves.

CENTUM VP R6.03 has been modified to ensure enhanced backward compatibility with the application programs used with CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and CENTUM CS 3000. The HIS graphics and control logic programs developed for these earlier CENTUM systems can also be used with CENTUM VP R6.03. This allows for increased efficiency in the use of application programs, facilitates quick and minimum-risk system upgrades, and reduces plant downtime.