Yokogawa: Users share best practices, 2008 technologies

Attendees find out how the company is investing in education, people and technology.


Houston-- 2008 User Conference & Technology Fair attendees are earning continuing education units (CEUs), sharing best practices, and learning about the latest in Yokogawa process control and other technologies here in Houston, April 8-10.

ISA partnered with Yokogawa to offer the CEUs on the evening of April 7, covering wireless technologies, safety instrumented systems, industrial network cyber security, and measurement and control fundamentals.

Importance of metrics to process improvements is among topics of discussion by Gordon Bethune, former CEO and chairman of Continental Airlines; David Johnson, president and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America ; and Matt Arcy of Chevron, chairman of the Yokogawa User Group Steering Committee, among others on the conference program.

Attendees also are learning about recent technology advancements from Yokogawa and its partners. Among a wide range of offerings, Yokogawa Electric Corp. will discuss advantages of recently introduced input and output (IO) modules for turbomachinery control applications, part of the Centum VP integrated production control system. Installed on a Centum VP field control station, the new IO modules have a dual redundant configuration and intermixed signal interface for analog and digital data. A servo module is said to be able to control turbine speed by interfacing with sensors and actuators to manipulate steam and fuel control valves. A high speed protection module shuts steam and fuel valves to protect the turbine from over speed and other critical conditions, the company says. The IO modules expand Centum VP capabilities for “comprehensive and coordinated control of power plant turbines, boilers, and balance of plant facilities” for the power generation industry, Yokogawa says.

Yokogawa is investing in people as well as technology. Personnel changes in recent months include Brad Byrum, named president of the Test and Measurement Division; Richard Gaas, named VP of sales for global major accounts; and Maurice Wilkins, VP of strategic marketing of the recently established IA Global Marketing Center, focusing on business outside of Japan.

A February ARC Advisory Group white paper, “Yokogawa Matures a Best Practice Culture for Successful Project Execution,” says the company expects to exceed 6,000 automation engineering and customer service experts in 2010, up from just over 5,000 in 2008, and about 4,000 in 2005.” According to the report, using a main automation contractor saves end users up to 30% in costs, compared to a more traditional approach.

Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
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