Tag "Automation"

Assistance systems – 4. Retain knowledge and “drive” safely

Today’s assistance systems are like an “electronic driving instructor” who – not only in tricky situations – always supports the user with his experience. With a view to the systems, they are driving assistance systems in the truest sense of the word.

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PAT-Demonstrator – NOA is the ideal partner

Where NOA comes into play: If process analysis technology delivers more and more complex data and experience sometimes requires changes, then we need an additional piece of intelligence. This is not properly stored in the analyzer. Because the type of intelligence is also determined by the process. In the control system, the additional data becomes tight; changes are possible there, but not necessarily popular. A separate software, for example in the form of an app, frees us from these restrictions and gives us the necessary flexibility for specific adaptations.

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Assistance systems 3 – The “signpost” & the “predictor”

Can you do that? Is there? Surely both production managers and plant operators have already asked themselves these questions. To become more concrete: You, as a production manager, have experienced plant operators and you know that you have taken good care of your control and alarm strategy. Functional safety is also up to date. You won’t burn anything. Nevertheless, something is bothering you: No matter how stable and safe your system is, you don’t really know how efficiently it drives. Isn’t there the famous “grain” left in it?
Or let’s put ourselves in your place as a plant operator: you have been operating your plant for years and know it well. From time to time she does her “talking tricks” and you don’t know why. Although you keep to the allowed temperature step in the reactor, it is about to go through or it is going through. Such an “early warning system” would be very practical. This runs in real time and warns you in advance that something is going to go wrong. Then you still have enough time to react accordingly. Something like a “process crystal ball” would be good. But is there such a thing?

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Third column of Dr. Andreas Helget

BLOG / In his third column, Dr. Andreas Helget, Managing Director of Yokogawa Germany, deals with the topic of sustainability in the chemistry sector. It is an open secret that in view of the immense consumption of raw materials in this industry, the “key” to the future of sustainable chemistry is being feverishly sought. What role biomass, i.e. (micro)algae, play in this context can be read here.

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System integration – when less is more

Yokogawa has been making ASI – Analyzer System Integration – successful for more than 50 years. But in addition to these so-called greenfield solutions, Yokogawa also offers customized, smaller solutions for brownfield systems if required. So it’s a kind of ASI light.

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Hand in hand with the process data

Alarm! Is there now a hectic rush at the control station? Or does the operator lean back and relax, press a button to acknowledge the alarm and continue to sip the coffee he bought a minute ago?
Both are possible, both are interesting information – usually when it comes to alarm management for the analysis and reduction of alarms according to EEMUA 191, for example. But even at the beginning of a data analysis, a look at this data makes sense.

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CI – what is it actually? (Part 2)

Critical infrastructures (CI) are organizations or institutions that are important to the state community and whose failure or disruption would result in supply bottlenecks with a lasting effect, major disruptions to public safety or other dramatic consequences: After all, we are all, without exception, dependent on electricity coming out of the socket, our drinking water flowing out of the tap, IT and the transport network functioning – keywords: lifelines of our society.

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CI – what is it actually? (Part 1)

Critical infrastructures (CI) are organizations or institutions that are important to the state community and whose failure or disruption would result in supply bottlenecks with a lasting effect, major disruptions to public safety or other dramatic consequences: After all, we are all, without exception, dependent on electricity coming out of the socket, our drinking water flowing out of the tap, IT and the transport network functioning – keywords: lifelines of our society.

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“Meltdown” and “Spectre” – Vulnerabilities in processors!

Security vulnerabilities in processors or Central Processing Units (CPUs) called Meltdown and Spectre are considered serious by security experts. Read here what you need to know about the incidents and what Yokogawa is doing!

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The Fascination of Sumo

Sumo wrestlers are not only very popular as Yokogawas giveaways in smaller versions. Even greater are the fascination and tradition around the big, lively role models of the small sumo dolls, which often enjoy star status especially in Yokogawa’s home country Japan. But where does the martial art with its big and heavy protagonists actually come from? And how did the innumerable ceremonies and traditions that go along with it come about?

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