Yokogawa Initiatives

In a series of recent announcements, Tokyo-based Yokogawa Electric Corp. (www.yokogawa.com) has unveiled its Vigilant Integration Partners (VIP) program, an asset excellence initiative, and integration with GE Energy software for asset management.

The VIP initiative is said to be an open, non-exclusive, standards-based partnership between Yokogawa and other suppliers to enable customers to integrate best-in-class field devices with the company’s production control system. Initial members of the program are Dresser Masoneilan, Flowserve, Metso Automation and Samson AG.

The asset excellence initiative involves a model composed of an asset reliability module designed to secure a control network to maintain 99.99999 percent availability, an asset availability module showcased by Yokogawa’s FieldMate Device Management Wizard, and an asset predictability module centered on the company’s Plant Resource Manager software.

The company has also demonstrated working integration of GE Energy’s System 1 platform that adds capabilities for monitoring and diagnosing the health of rotating, reciprocating and fixed machinery into Yokogawa’s plant resource management system.

In an interview with members of the press at the annual ARC Advisory Group Forum in Orlando on Feb. 22, Yokogawa Chief Executive Officer Isao Uchida said he is focusing on two areas in his quest to make Yokogawa the worldwide market share leader in process control—enhancing products, and capitalizing on momentum where the company already has a lead.

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