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Yokogawa updates diagnostics in Plant Resource Manager software

Yokogawa updates diagnostics in Plant Resource Manager software

May 30, 2014 - Yokogawa Electric released Plant Resource Manager (PRM) R3.12. With PRM R3.12, self-diagnostic information is now displayed in a more intuitive, easy-to-understand format based on the NAMUR NE107 recommendations, and network functions have been enhanced for upstream oil and gas applications.

PRM is a software package that is capable of centrally managing large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment, thereby allowing their status to be monitored and diagnosed online. Manufacturers in the process industry are constantly working to improve maintenance efficiency by using device management systems such as PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment in order to monitor their 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 prioritize their actions. Equipment failures in plants must be dealt with quickly, and 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 with PRM R3.12, allowing maintenance personnel to quickly judge which actions will receive top priority.

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

Enhancements
1. 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.

2. 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 (FAST/TOOLS) 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 centralized 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.

About Plant Resource Manager (PRM)
Plant Resource Manager is a software package that centrally manages field device information. With PRM, users can monitor the status of their devices and perform online diagnosis via a network. In addition, PRM centrally manages database ledgers for individual devices as well as device maintenance information that can be accessed by maintenance staff.

About Yokogawa Corporation of America
Yokogawa Corporation of America  is a leading provider of Industrial Automation and Test and Measurement solutions.  Combining superior technology with engineering, system integration, project management, and maintenance services, Yokogawa delivers field-proven operational efficiency, safety, and reliability.  Yokogawa Corporation of America is headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, and is the North American Division of Yokogawa Electric Corporation's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 4 regional project engineering centers.
 

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