The biennial Yokogawa Solutions Conference held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide recently was attended by delegates representing a broad spectrum of the process control industry from around the world.
The conference saw participation by customers from a range of sectors along with vendor partner companies, and indicated support for the strong installed base of Yokogawa control systems and enterprise instrumentation in key industry sectors across Australia.
Well-known BT economist, Chris Caton in his opening presentation, commented on trends in the Australian economy and other interesting economic data including currency movements and the continued activity in the Australian resources sector. Various industry speakers focused on the detailed outlook for the Australian Mining Industry, Oil & Gas, and Power Generation sectors.
Several Yokogawa customers representing some of the leading Australian and international corporations and innovators, also made presentations at the conference. These included speakers representing conventional and renewable energy, oil and gas, dairy, bitumen manufacture, and water treatment authorities, all of whom provided interesting insights into the application of Yokogawa control and safety systems and instrumentation in optimising their operations.
Participants included Chevron, Caltex, Phoenix Energy, City Care NZ, AGL Torrens Island Power Station, Vast Energy, Fulton Hogan and Synlait NZ among others. AGL also provided a tour of its Torrens Island Power Station, which has recently upgraded the AGL control system on four of their eight boiler units to Yokogawa’s modern Centum VP and ProSafe systems.
There were several hands-on user sessions and updates on the latest Centum VP and Fast Tools control system features, Yokogawa’s new hybrid sensors with built-in communication systems, and Plant Wide Wireless systems.