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YOKOGAWA has announced its latest software solution for field device management. PRM is an integrated software solution that unifies the monitored data from intelligent and non-intelligent field devices allowing the management and maintenance of these devices.

The PRM software solution can run within the Centum CS3000 R3 control system or as a stand-alone solution.

The key benefit of PRM is that it provides easy access to automatically collected data and allows integration, management and maintenance of intelligent and non-intelligent field devices using a common database.

Unintelligent devices such as standard 4-20mA process equipment can be manually created and managed within the PRM architecture.

The PRM solution consists of the PRM Database Server, PRM Client and PRM Field Communication Server. Information from field devices is gathered via Foundation Fieldbus, HART or Profibus field networks.

This on-line monitor then stores the data in an Oracle database for fast access and reliability.

The results include integrated plant and device performance data, maintenance records, audit trails, device configuration with auto-device detection, historic data management, parameter comparison, advanced device diagnostics information and access to on-line documentation such as device drawings, parts list and manuals.

"The issues surrounding asset management and using the intelligence in field instruments have been yet to be realised, but no longer," says Dave Smith, Yokogawa applications specialist.

"PRM is the software solution that many customers have been asking for. For users looking for an easy-to-use and truly 'open' solution, the PRM provides the interface and ease they want."

As business becomes more competitive, it is important to provide solutions that allow users to get the most out of the existing and new investments.

Using analog, HART or Fieldbus technology along with PRM, users can better utilise functionality such as device diagnostics, device status monitoring, adjustment and tuning of device parameters, maintenance management, work performance records and inspections.

PRM is vendor independent so it will work with multiple types of devices from multiple suppliers. Yokogawa Australia 03 9803 1100.

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