Yokogawa releases updated Plant Resource Manager

Source: Yokogawa

By Aaron Hurd

Jul 13, 2015

Yokogawa has released version R3.20 of its signature Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool for the centralized maintenance and management of monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. PRM R3.20 is an upgrade to R3.12 and includes an improved management function for HART and ISA100 Wireless field devices. 

Yokogawa has 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 three main enhancements are the following:

1. Quick access to HART device status information

Using the CENTUM VP R6.01 integrated production control system’s N-IO (Network-IO) field input/output (IO) device that was released in February, PRM can now obtain start-up, stop, failure and other status information from Yokogawa HART7 compliant devices in almost real time. For other suppliers’ HART5, 6, and 7 compliant devices, PRM can collect information at 1 minute intervals. 

2. Various management functions for field wireless devices

This new PRM version comes with improved management functions for ISA100 Wireless devices. Diagnostic information can be viewed on screen and in real time not only in the PRM window, but also in the operation and monitoring screens of the CENTUM series integrated production control system. The new PRM version also works with the console that centrally manages field wireless devices. When it accesses this console, PRM can call up the console screen so that operators can monitor the status of the entire wireless network as well as the status of individual devices on that network.

3. Complying with FDT2.0, the latest FDT standard

FDT2.0 is the latest version of the field device tool (FDT) communications interface that links field devices and control systems. FDT2.0 has entered wide use because it improves device response times and performance. As this new PRM version is compatible with FDT2.0, it is easier now to monitor and set up FDT-compliant devices.