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Web-based enterprise operations solution

14 January 2014

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has introduced the latest version of its web-based real-time operations management and visualisation software package, which is designed to bring revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence.

The introduction of more smart devices, with 200 parameters per device is now the norm, and the current trend toward consolidating operations across dispersed assets over large geographical areas has resulted in the creation of huge quantities of data. However, only 5% of this data is transferred into meaningful information, and only 10% is relationally structured, with more than 50% being poor in quality. 

To capitalise on the gathered data, it is important to consider the information strategy. The requirements for an enterprise-wide operations management solution are driving the need for collaboration and information sharing across different platforms, systems, geographies, and corporate networks. This aims to provide the opportunity, with the underlying technology and network, to seamlessly connect devices and applications, while managing them as a single system from an operations, engineering, and maintenance point of view.

Recognising that most enterprises will take a hybrid approach to management and control solutions, Yokogawa has developed FAST/TOOLS R10.01 to help customers utilise their application investments and transform data into meaningful information by providing a transparent environment which can integrate multi-tier architectures and a variety of sources that can be accessed and shared globally.

First released in 1978, FAST/TOOLS has evolved from centralised SCADA and HMI software to an enterprise operations environment used by Yokogawa’s global network to facilitate supervisory control with customers’ systems. Features of the latest version help enable the adoption of enterprise solutions. It empowers companies to create enterprise-wide information management centres without boundaries using FAST/TOOLS for high-scale deployment. 

Multiple layers can be used within a single organisation, with organic data exchange between these layers. An enterprise operation module is responsible for gathering the data across several levels on different servers, and allows for supervision at the upper-layer single-operator console. 

The latest version also offers wireless mobility solution enhancements. The use of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones is an integral part of Yokogawa’s information technology infrastructure. It enables organisations to measure and share context-based information anytime, anywhere, 

With the new release, it is now also possible to easily support gas flow-rate calculation functions in the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system and reporting and data retaining capabilities in FAST/TOOLS. To monitor and control gas wells and pipelines, gas flow-rate compensation is required. The in-situ gas volume needs to be compensated to a standard volume because the gas volume rises or falls significantly depending on the process temperature and pressure. 


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