Yokogawa, Pepperl+Fuchs partner for Foundation fieldbus management

April 8, 2008

Newnan, Ga., April 8--Yokogawa and Pepperl+Fuchs announce the release of a new solution for managing the physical layer of Foundation fieldbus H1. This is being released as one of the diagnostic solutions of Plant Resource Manager (PRM) R3.02.

PRM is a key component of Yokogawa's VigilantPlant Asset Excellence initiative. PRM integrates and manages maintenance information, monitors online conditions and records historical data of assets ranging from field devices to plant equipment. The seamless integration of the Pepperl+Fuchs Advanced Diagnostics Module (ADM) and Diagnostics Manager software into PRM R3.02 enables users to access a consolidated supervisory window within the PRM R3.02 environment. Now customers can view summary information on individual segments that provides details on each connected field device, enabling efficient root-cause analysis in real time.

In addition to supporting the use of tools such as oscilloscopes and data historians, ADM’s unique commissioning wizard can reduce up to 80% the amount of time required for the critical plant start-up phase. ADM’s online monitoring capabilities provide actionable information through PRM’s user interface, indicating changes in the fieldbus physical layer before they become critical. Via PRM R3.02, the information can be displayed on the operator stations of Yokogawa's Centum VP and Centum CS3000 R3 production control systems. The integration of the FieldConnex ADM interface has widened the scope of PRM's asset management capabilities, helping operators make decisions by providing easy access to actionable information on the health of their Foundation fieldbus segments, therefore ensuring the maximum availability of the physical layer.