Yokogawa, Cisco Collaborate

Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 12:10 PM gHale

Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation and Cisco Systems G.K. will provide a new solution for oil refineries that makes use of their focused information and industrial automation technologies.

This platform integrates production, quality, progress control, and other information technologies with the control systems used to monitor and control production processes in real time, ensuring facilities can end up efficiently rebuilt and modified. It also improves the efficiency of corporate management by making it easier for information management systems to gain access to data.

As a result of a review of Japanese national energy policy, a new law known as the Sophisticated Methods of Energy Supply Structures Act passed that requires the oil industry to make more efficient utilization of fossil fuels. To accomplish this, oil refining companies are now consolidating their refinery operations, as part of which they must also reestablish and reconfigure their control and information systems. This requires an environment where control, MES, and ERP systems can quickly end up built or reconfigured, and where various types of complex data can end up accessed in an integrated and flexible manner at each system level.

The solution improves efficiency by structuring and standardizing a plant’s control and information systems as well as the data handled by these respective systems. This improves the portability of data, establishes a framework that facilitates the integration, construction, and modification of all of a plant’s control and information systems, and creates an environment with industry-leading security for all communications and information management. This is true not only for a plant’s own control and information systems, but also for links between plants. In addition to facilitating the consolidation of a company’s refinery operations, this solution is useful in the installation and expansion of plant facilities, and can deliver the same benefits here as well.

The main features of this solution are as follows:
1. Systems with different functions that are in various locations can now be treated as a single virtual information platform, allowing the generation of reports whenever they are needed, and in any desired format. This improves ease of access to information and allows the free selection of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
2. This solution features refinery-wide network connectivity and provides a highly-secure environment, allowing a plant’s systems to exchange structured and standardized data with systems at company headquarters and other plants with industry-leading security.
3. The ability to collect a wide range of information and make effective use of large amounts of plant data allows for the performance of multifaceted analyses that can accurately identify solutions and improve both quality and efficiency.