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№ 7 (July - August 2012)

Yokogawa New PLC FA-M3 Controller Speeds Past Competition

   Yokogawa is introducing the Russian market to the first programmable logic controller capable of both checking for errors and then correcting the error. At a client seminar in Moscow, Yokogawa Product Engineer Artem Pochuev told Oil&Gas Eurasia that the (PLC) FA-M3 differs from previous generations of controllers in that its operating speed has been increased several times over several times over without compromising other characteristics.

By Elena Zhuk

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   The controller can process its entire program (which covers 100,000 steps) in 1 millisecond. Thus, only 200 microseconds passes from the time a signal is acquired until the system reacts. Because of its speed, the controller can simultaneously start several cycles on one and the same processor, Pochuev said. Use of an up-to-date prime base, multilayer printed circuit boards, dense circuitry and modern materials also makes it compact.

   Yokogawa’s STARDOM and CENTUM controllers have been sold in Russia for some time as part of larger plant automation packages and OEMs, but recently Yokogawa has received the regulatory permits to sell them separately and direct to the consumer.

   SIBUR-Kstovo has included Yokogawa controllers as part of the АРС (work process control) segment of the Pyrolysis system it is currently implementing at the plant. The goal is to control and manage the production process, increase the yield of end products and maximize crude load, Chief Instrumentation Engineer Andrey Borisov said in a presentation at the event.

   To better assess the quality of its gasoline and natural gas liquids, SIBUR-Kstovo has also bought Yokogawa gas chromatographs to insure quality control of 117 oil fractions.

   Though it represents a smaller part of its business, Yokogawa also markets STARDOM and CENTUM controllers for use in artificial lifted oilfields. Maxim Sokolov, Information Management Systems (IMS) project director, pointed to Yokogawa’s work in the Central Khoreyverskoyeo field in the Far North, operated by Rusvietpetro, as an example of their suitability for Arctic extremes.

   Addressing clients in Moscow last week, Tadaaki Ando, Yokogawa General Manager, spoke about the company’s philosophy in how new products are designed to integrate into the VigilantPlant suite of products:  “In our understanding, the factory-of-the-future is an enterprise where people are attentive and responsible, and your business reacts precisely and promptly to any change so as to maximize efficiencies.”

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