(PRM®) R3.31–Improving maintenance efficiency
Johannesburg, South Africa – 8 September 2016 – Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the September release of version R3.31 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) software tool for the centralized management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices as well as manufacturing equipment.
PRM R3.31, an upgrade to R3.30, includes a new function that enables PRM to link with a computerized maintenance management system and a new data display function that enables field maintenance personnel to access data that is useful for locating and responding to device failures. With this latest PRM release, Yokogawa aims to capture a larger share of the plant maintenance market by offering companies a solution that enables their maintenance personnel to work more efficiently.
Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve maintenance efficiency by using software tools like PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of maintenance information and other types of data from plant monitoring and control devices as well as manufacturing equipment, and there is a constant need to quickly identify device failures that can interfere with the safe operation of plants. To better meet such needs, Yokogawa has reinforced the functions of PRM.
This latest PRM version enables the seamless management of the process of detecting and responding to device failures. This has been achieved by linking PRM to a computerized maintenance management system that is used to draw up maintenance plans and manage the progress of maintenance tasks. With this new PRM version, field maintenance personnel can also access key performance indicator (KPI) reports on device availability and other indices that until now have been mainly available for use by management. This facilitates the identification of failure causes so that appropriate countermeasures can be taken.
1. Linking of instrument status information with maintenance work information
The PRM works with Maximo®, an IBM® maintenance solution. Upon detection of a device failure, PRM issues an instruction to Maximo to draw up a task plan and begin the process of managing the progress of task execution. With PRM R3.31, a symbol (maintenance mark) is displayed over the device icon in the device navigator window that communicates the current state of the task that is being managed by Maximo. This ensures seamless management of the failure detection and resolution process. PRM R3.31 is compatible with the latest Maximo versions, 7.5 and 7.6.
2. Efficient access to field asset KPI reports
Field asset KPI reports*1 contain data about the availability of instruments, the number of instruments that are in an abnormal state, warning status, other states, and the number of alarms and events and their ranking. Until now, this information has been used mainly by management. With PRM R3.31, maintenance personnel can now directly access field asset KPI reports via the PRM user interface, and this information can be used to detect potential device abnormalities, identify and analyze failures, and consider necessary countermeasures.
3. Compatible with new I/O device
In June 2016, Yokogawa released a new I/O device for the CENTUM® VP R6.03 integrated production control system that simplifies the task of upgrading from CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, or CENTUM CS 3000. PRM R3.31 supports this new I/O device. When PRM R3.31 is linked to this I/O device using the HART communications protocol*2, failures and other device statuses can be quickly identified.
*1 Reports that are generated by Field Asset KPI Report, a software tool for use with Yokogawa’s InsightSuite® AE service for optimizing the effectiveness of plant assets.
*2 A field network communications protocol for control applications that is advocated by the HART Communication Foundation
About Plant Resource Manager (PRM)
PRM is a software package that centrally manages large amounts of status and maintenance information from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. With PRM, users can monitor the status of their devices and perform online diagnosis via a network. In addition, PRM centrally manages maintenance information, including device ledgers, in a database, and supplies maintenance information for plant field devices and equipment to maintenance personnel.
Yokogawa’s global network of 92 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food.
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