Yokogawa has developed an enhanced version of its STARDOM network-based control system that supports Windows 10. The STARDOM high-speed CPU module comes with a new function that enables Java applications to run on a STARDOM controller — in addition, an oil flow rate calculation function has been added to meet the needs of oil and gas well operations.
With the addition of Windows 10 support and other new functionality, Yokogawa is seen as demonstrating its ongoing commitment to enhancing the STARDOM system to meet the latest needs at customer sites.
STARDOM is a network-based control system whose principal components are the FCN autonomous controller, the VDS web-based HMI and the FAST/TOOLSTM SCADA package. Since first releasing STARDOM to the market in 2001, Yokogawa has continued to improve the functions of this system to satisfy changing user needs — this latest release includes functionality for the on-site management of data that reduces the amount of communications traffic between central monitoring rooms and facilities distributed over a wide area.
New enhancements how include:
- Windows 10 support — the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system has been added with this release, ensuring that STARDOM continues to meet Yokogawa customers’ latest needs
- Simplified system configuration — A Duolet function that enables Java applications to run on the FCN controller is now embedded in the high-speed CPU module. Thanks to this function, the controller can be used to manage files and transmit data. This simplifies the overall system configuration by eliminating the need for a PC
- Function for calculating oil flow rate — In addition to an existing function for calculating the gas flow rate, a function for calculating the oil flow rate, based on American Petroleum Institute (API) guidelines, has been added. This new function makes it possible to quantify the amount of produced water from an oil or gas well, which serves as a KPI for monitoring age-related degradation in performance and assists in efforts to improve recovery efficiency
Major target markets for this network-based control system include widely distributed facilities such as oil and gas wells, pipelines, and water and wastewater facilities; small/medium oil, chemical, iron and steel, pulp and paper, food, and pharmaceutical process facilities; and small/medium-sized wind turbines, steam turbines and hydropower generation facilities. Typical applications include monitoring, operation, control, data collection; and data storage for small- to medium-size manufacturing facilities