Yokogawa Electric Corporation released version R3.30 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool for the centralized management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment.
PRM R3.30 is an upgrade to R3.20 and includes an improved management function for HART and enhancements to the navigation function. With this new PRM version, Yokogawa looks to capture a larger share of the plant maintenance market.
Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve maintenance efficiency by using software tools like PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of maintenance and other types of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. Maintenance personnel use such data to reduce plant downtime and enhance safety by proactively spotting and responding to device failures.
To optimize plant operations, it is essential not only to keep devices in good working order but also to have up-to-date information on device status and maintain records on all maintenance work performed. Such information is most useful if operators of control and safety instrumented systems can view it on screen at their human interface stations (HIS).
Yokogawa developed new functions for its PRM tool that facilitate the collection of information from field devices for use in optimizing device maintenance and plant operations.
The enhancements include:
1. Quick access to HART device status information. PRM can now obtain start-up, stop, failure, and other status information from Yokogawa HART7 compliant devices in almost real time via the N-IO (Network-IO) field input/output (IO) device developed for use with the latest version (R4.01) of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system, which released in November.
2. Intuitive display of device information. Icons indicating the importance of individual devices are now displayed in the device status window of the navigation screen.
3. Targeted issuance of alarms. PRM has a maintenance alarm function that issues alarms for display at CENTUM series integrated production control system HISs.