SCADA in wind turbines reports on their rotor speed, lube temperatures, voltage outputs, and more. The data tells how well the turbine is performing. V9.04 of Fast/Tools, a web-based SCADA system, now allows for remote maintenance, deployment, and real-time management of process applications via secure web-based services. The software works well on remote processes, managing assets, and collecting and storing data in widely distributed applications. This allows increasing overall equipment efficiency and return on assets.
Being able to manage a plant remotely drives down operating costs and improves information sharing and exchanging. The proliferation of decision support and collaboration centers makes it possible to access data from a variety of sources and share it globally. A few more recent functions make it possible to:
Record HMI displays in real time. Like a flight recorder, this allows a synchronized playback of screens with alarms and events as well as process and trend data. This includes all mouse tracks and relevant keyboard strokes. Recorded video data helps with cause-and-effect analysis, operator training, and simulation to increase overall safety, security, and regulatory compliance. This adds a significant new dimension to the capabilities of this software, which already includes audit trailing and diagnostics functions.
E-mail notification and alarm reporting. In addition to standard EEMUA 191 compliant alarm-management functions, the software can email alarm notifications in real time to appropriate users. This call-out function makes it easy to define when, where, and to whom notifications should be sent. Alarm management also allows exporting alarm and event notifications to programs such as MS-Excel for alarm analysis.
Advanced trending capabilities have been extended with functions that show whether a signal is off-line. In addition, automatic or manual data backfill can display recovered data, letting operators confirm at a glance the integrity of trended signals. X-Y plots add to the rich trending library, allowing 2D views of important process characteristics.
Foundation fieldbus faceplate library with symbols says its improved with Foundation fieldbus faceplates that may be used together with Yokogawa’s Stardom (FCN/FCJ) autonomous controllers for increased flexibility in distributed applications. Faceplates are assigned to the control logic based on the controller function blocks and are ready to use when deployed in the system. This allows for seamless integration of Foundation fieldbus device messages and data, setting a new standard for Operational Excellence. Main target markets include renewable energy and power.
Yokogawa Corporation of America
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