Production control system upgrades bring greater user choice

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Production control system upgrades bring greater user choiceYokogawa has released an enhanced version of its CENTUM VP integrated production control system. Enhancements in this latest release, R6.04, include a new input/output (IO) module that will give Yokogawa end users a greater range of choices.

CENTUM VP solutions encompass all stages of the plant lifecycle, from design, engineering, installation and startup to full operation and routine and major maintenance, including the migration and upgrade to next-level technology platforms based on user needs, market dynamics and technology advancements.

Enhancements in this latest version include:

  • New IO module: As the latest control systems often primarily use digital signals, a new
  • low-cost IO module that handles only digital signals has been added to the N-IO lineup. To accommodate both analog and digital signals it can be used in combination with the universal IO module. In this way the cost of a plant construction or expansion project can be reduced
  • Windows 10: This latest CENTUM version uses Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, seen as the optimum OS for control systems. Based on its Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) service model, Microsoft provides five years of extended support in addition to the standard five years of mainstream support, enabling a ten-year product lifecycle
  • Ring network topology: CENTUM VP’s Vnet/IP is a control network originally developed by Yokogawa and features high reliability and quick response. CENTUM VP’s Vnet/IP real-time control bus uses the star topology, in which all devices are connected to a central hub. This latest CENTUM version also allows the use of a ring topology in which devices are connected to each other in the form of a ring. With this feature, more flexible networks can be configured to satisfy customer needs

Major target markets for CENTUM VP are process industries such as oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods, iron and steel, and water and wastewater. Typical applications are operation, monitoring and the automatic control of plants



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