Yokogawa Analyser systems integration services

The Yokogawa Analytical instrumentation makes up a significant part of their product range, serving customers in the oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, natural gas and power industries. The measurement techniques used in their products include chromatography, laser-based infra-red absorption and Raman spectroscopy, as well as industrial liquid sensors for conductivity and pH monitoring. Typically many of these sensors are installed in on-site laboratories or analyser houses, which can be skid or container type units attached to the process directly or via sample lines.

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The expertise developed within Yokogawa in the installation of efficient and effective analytical installations led to the establishment of a complete analyser system supply and integration service, to provide a total package of instruments, monitoring housings, sample line interconnections and conditioning systems, ready for site installation. Such services have been operational for some years, operating from bases within the Yokogawa US and Asian business units: now with the launch of a new service in Europe, ASI or Analyser Systems Integration, the same full service will be available to European customers. This makes Yokogawa a true one-stop-shop for ASI at both green-field or brown-field projects of almost any size, thus helping project owners to simplify their supply chains as they need only deal with a single team for all analytical requirements.

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The Yokogawa European ASI centre in Madrid

Loek van Eijck, business unit manager, analytical solutions at Yokogawa Europe, said: “We’re very pleased to announce the introduction of Yokogawa Europe’s Analyser System Integration service. This services responds to a growing market demand within the chemical, oil & gas industry, and increasingly in other process industries, to simplify project management of both new installations and renovations. We’ll be working with our own analysers and those of 3rd-party manufacturers, but it makes sense for project owners and primary contractors to deal with a single integrator of analytical systems, and for that integrator to be a supplier of instruments being installed.”

One of the major issues facing project managers is finding a team with the right skills and experience for specialist areas of project implementation. Yokogawa’s ASI service guarantees access to design and implementation engineers with the highest levels of qualification and certification. The highly skilled project management team is fully certified by Project Management Professional (PMP), while the engineering team designs solutions to the explosion-proof standards specified by ATEX, IECEx and all other relevant standards and legislative bodies, making design compliance easier to prove. They are backed up by a professional execution team with more than 150 years of accumulated installation experience.

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Yokogawa has built a global reputation for quality and innovation, and has now applied this to its ASI service. “We believe this sets our service apart from the competition,” said van Eijck. “Yokogawa has earned its reputation through involvement in some of the industry’s largest and most innovative projects, and is now able to apply this in Europe to ASI projects of almost any size from any process industry requiring highly accurate analytical instrumentation by sharing know-how with other ASI facilities and developing synergy among Yokogawa Group Companies.” This new facility makes Yokogawa a true one-stop-shop for ASI at both green-field or brown-field projects of almost any size, thus helping project owners to simplify their supply chains. The mature European process industry has many aging plants, and these regularly require updates, renovation and modernizationto meet current and new monitoring requirements.

The service provides a full analytical services life cycle from design, fabrication and manufacturing to installation, on-site services and training. Yokogawa ASI also links up to the similar services provided by Yokogawa in its Asian and US divisions providing customers with global coverage – an obvious advantage for international organisations and projects.

The ASI service in Europe is based in Madrid, Spain. Almudena Mier, ASI location manager at Yokogawa, said; “We have created an excellent facility here for the new service which offers a great environment for the team and the projects they will work on. Madrid is well served by transport links to the rest of Europe and beyond, and has access to some great local engineering talent as well as being an attractive place to work for staff and customers who come from elsewhere in Europe.”

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Yokogawa IGCC power plant order in Korea

Yokogawa Electric Korea Co has won an order from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co to supply a control system for an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant. This is the first IGCC plant in South Korea and it is being constructed in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, by Korea Western Power Co, a subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corporation.

This IGCC power plant will have a total output of 300 MW. Following a commissioning period that will commence in December 2015, the plant will begin commercial operation. This order is for the Centum VP integrated production control system, which will control the gasification section, a core plant facility. This order also includes the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system, which will be used to shut down the gasification section safely in the event of an emergency. Both systems will be delivered in December 2013.

IGCC is a promising next-generation power technology that relies on high temperature and pressure to convert coal to synthesis gas (syngas) for use in gas turbine generators. The exhaust from the turbines is sent to boilers to generate steam, and additional power is generated by steam turbines. This type of plant is thus more efficient than a conventional coal-fired power plant.

Yokogawa Electric Korea was able to win this order because of the high reliability of Yokogawa’s control systems and its excellent engineering capabilities. Founded in 1978, Yokogawa Electric Korea has been offering highly reliable solutions to customers for over 30 years, and has become a top manufacturer of control systems and sensors in its home market. It established a power plant department in 2008 that has been actively promoting sales in the power market. Encouraged by the success in winning this order, Yokogawa will expand this business by offering appropriate solutions to developers of innovative technologies that generate power more efficiently and have less of an impact on the environment.

A delegate’s view of the ARC Forum 2012

The ARC ‘World Industry Forum’ in Orlando in February was a record breaking event, with 664 attendees from 21 countries, and 254 separate companies. These delegates chose from 60 sessions featuring 154 speakers and/or panelists, and even the pre-conference workshop on security, the day before the Forum opened, was over-subscribed. For a report on the event from a delegate’s viewpoint, the INSIDER is indebted to Maurice Wilkins, vp of global strategic marketing at Yokogawa, who attended as part of a delegation of 25 from Yokogawa, their largest attendance since 2006. This report was featured in the March 2012 issue of the INSIDER.

Report by Maurice Wilkins:
“This ARC Forum is still THE place to meet senior people in the automation industry, even though the focus has now shifted away from automation – the subtitle for the event was “Transforming Manufacturing through New Processes and Technologies” – but this is the place where we can all meet and compare notes as we used to at the ISA show, which few of these people now attend, to hear about new stuff that matters in our industry. I have to say that it actually looked like the best I have ever been to in terms of attendees, but the comment I heard over and over was there were too many suppliers. All the major suppliers were there in force, although Honeywell was conspicuous by only sending one attendee. There was also a big presence from the PLC suppliers – for example Rockwell, Mitsubishi and Schneider.
This year the focus had shifted from automation to asset management, human factors, security, supply chain and industrial IT. In his keynote speech, Andy Chatha, president and ceo of ARC Advisory Group, said that the four main areas of interest these days are: social media, cloud, analytics and mobile. He said every company needs a mobile enterprise application platform.

Boeing and J&J production
The main keynotes were by Dr Dianne Chang – vp operations and technology for Boeing – and Ron Guido, vp global brand protection for Johnson & Johnson. Dr Chang spent a lot of time talking about the changes that building the 787 has brought about – it was manufactured globally and assembled in the USA. She said technology is advancing at an ever increasing pace but they have to balance creativity with value creation. Boeing’s biggest current worry is a general industry concern – they have 11% of employees now over 60. They have to create a talent pipeline. Guido’s main concern is a $650Bn counterfeit market and protecting J&J’s brands. His main aim is a safe and secure supply chain using new track + trace technology and business models.

Dow Chemicals operator expertise
In a very good session on ‘Operator of the Future’, Eric Cosman of Dow Chemical said that operator effectiveness is a mixture of risk minimization and the reduction of unscheduled downtime. Dow’s operator demographics are scary: 35% are eligible for retirement now, 50% within 5 years, 70% in 8 years – and 15% have less than 5 years experience. He said skills are different compared to 30 years ago – regulations have increased – technology is different and so is human behaviour and motivation. New operators are capable of doing more but the Dow philosophy is to put the most effective practices of the most effective operators into the control platform.

Other notable presentations
Mark Chavis of Shell Gulf of Mexico, incidentally a Yokogawa customer, gave a good presentation on alarm rationalization and how they had achieved an order of magnitude reduction by looking hard at alarms and making sure that those showing up really had to be dealt with.
Stefan Malmsten gave a very interesting presentation on how an Akzo Nobel plant in Norway has been operated remotely on nights and weekends for the past 10 years using GE Proficy. Then a presenter from NAMUR, talking in the standards session, said that standards are not working! He said the value of standards is below its potential due to too many special interests, and he cited the “Fieldbus Wars” and “Wireless Wars” as examples.

Lastly, a surprise track on the last day of the Forum covered ‘Social Technologies for Industry’: there were probably 60 people in the room to hear several presenters discuss the impact that social media is starting to have on our industry….”

Yokogawa Centum adds new monitoring features

That concludes Maurice’s report for the INSIDER, but to add one piece of news actually presented by Yokogawa at this ARC Forum, it is worth mentioning that Chet Mroz, president and ceo of the Yokogawa Corporation of America, gave their press presentation, explaining their Evolution 2015 plan and objectives, particularly relating to the USA (See INSIDER, February 2012 issue). Mroz also described the latest release 5 of the Centum VP integrated production control system, due out in March, as follows.

This release adds support for a dual-redundant unified gateway station (UGS), which serves as the interface between Centum VP and other control systems, and this allows the display of alarm information from other control systems on the Centum VP human machine interface (HMI).

The logic for this addition is that on established legacy control architectures, as installed throughout the oil, chemical, and iron and steel industries, there are many separate distributed control systems (DCSs), programmable controllers (PLCs), and even other types of control systems from a variety of suppliers. These are used to control their own particular functions, such as electric power, wastewater treatment, shipping, and other auxiliary facilities, as well as being used within the main manufacturing process itself. By monitoring all of these control systems via the Centum VP, acting as the main process DCS and operator interface, plant efficiency can be improved.

Dual redundancy simplified
Yokogawa point out that plant monitoring and control functions are usually designed to be dual redundant so that an automatic switchover to a backup unit can be initiated in the event of a system failure. Although the gateway unit that serves as the interface for the monitoring of other control systems from the main process DCS should also be dual redundant, systems with this feature have not been widely adopted because of the requirement for special software. Using the Yokogawa UGS as the interface between Centum VP and other third party control systems, only simple programming is required to include dual redundancy. Alarms from other control systems can then be displayed on the Centum VP HMI via an OPC Alarms and Events server.

Nobuaki Konishi, vp and head of the IA systems business for Yokogawa, commented: “To achieve integrated plant monitoring and control by a DCS, gateway functions must be highly reliable. This has been accomplished with our development of a dual-redundant UGS, enabling for the upstream market the integrated monitoring of offshore platforms and widely distributed facilities such as oil and gas wells. I believe this enhanced UGS will help customers improve production efficiency.” As well as oil and gas applications, remote monitoring of water supply systems, wastewater treatment facilities, power transmission/distribution facilities and other types of infrastructure are seen as the main opportunity areas for this approach.