Control Station and Yokogawa offer integrated tuning solution

May 28, 2009

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Control Station simultaneously announced completion of a cooperative reseller agreement with Yokogawa Corporation of America and general availability of a PID tuning application that integrates seamlessly with Yokogawa’s CS3000 distributed control system (DCS) called csTUNER. csTUNER’s launch coincides with increasing market pressure on manufacturers to implement green production processes along with economic pressure to improve overall production efficiency.

Yokogawa is a global automation solutions company and the world’s fastest growing DCS vendor.  Yokogawa’s CS3000 DCS has been widely adopted within the oil & gas, chemical, power and other industrial sectors.  Featuring a flexible and open architecture, the CS3000 was designed for compatibility with a manufacturer’s existing production systems.  It provides a framework that readily draws upon field networks and results in a fully integrated production control system. Through diagnosis of that process data, csTUNER is capable of further improving the performance of business-critical production processes, and it offers a natural product extension to the CS3000.

“The relationship with Yokogawa Corporation of America aligns two leading automation innovators,” shared Control Station’s president, Dennis Nash. “Integrating our state-of-the-art process modeling and controller design technologies with Yokogawa’s highly reliable production control solutions presents end-users with immediate opportunities to optimize plant performance. This is essential to providing them with a sustainable competitive advantage.” 

csTUNER is based on Control Station’s award-winning LOOP-PRO Product Suite, a PID diagnostic and optimization toolkit. The strength of LOOP-PRO is its ease-of-use and the application of Control Station’s patent-pending Non-Steady State (NSS) modeling innovation. The innovation enables end users to  model both transient and noisy process data accurately, a significant economic benefit to manufacturers across the process industries. Control Station filed its initial application for the NSS Modeling Innovation with the United States Patent and Trade Office in June 2008.

csTUNER integrates seamlessly with the Yokogawa DCS and is offered as an option to CS3000 installations. The application applies the CS3000’s standard tag structure to access critical loop information, including existing tuning coefficients, controller spans, and the associated algorithm.