Device management wizard offers centralised management

14 October 2014

Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s new FieldMate Device Management Wizard R3.01 offers a versatile software program for configuring, adjusting and managing a variety of field devices used in factories and other production sites.

Digital communications standards are playing an increasingly important role in communications between central control systems and field devices such as transmitters and analysers. However, as the devices provided by different vendors rely on a variety of digital communications standards, there is a need for a versatile configuration, adjustment, and management tool that can support all the major industry-standard communications protocols.The FieldMate PC software has been developed to meet this need.

In addition to the device configuration, adjustment and management functionality provided in earlier FieldMate releases, FieldMate R3.01 comes with new functions that facilitate the management of memos, photos, and videos as well as the automatic generation of reports, making it ideal for routine maintenance tasks.

Highly portable devices such as tablets and notebook PCs are now available that facilitate maintenance work in the field. To facilitate such routine tasks as device patrol and maintenance, this new release of the FieldMate PC-based software comes with a variety of new functions.

FieldMate R3.01 runs on PCs, including tablet PCs, that have either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.Key new features include:

Centralised management of various types of device-related information – In addition to being able to manage configuration data for a large number of plant devices, FieldMate now supports the use of photo, video, audio and document files. Field maintenance personnel can write memos and link them to specific devices to facilitate processes such as work handover. They can also use photos, video, and audio to, for example, keep a record of installation conditions, work procedures, or any unusual sounds produced by a device. FieldMate R3.01 thus offers improved versatility for routine device patrol and maintenance work.

Automatic generation of device reports –The new FieldMate can automatically generate device configuration reports in a variety of data formats. Previously, it only had the ability to output such data as a text or HTML file, which could then be used in a general-purpose spreadsheet or word processing program to create a report. Typically, manual reporting was very time-consuming because of the large amounts of data involved, with individual devices having anywhere from a few hundred to up to one thousand settings.

Major target markets include process industries such as oil, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods, and iron and steel.

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