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Yokogawa releases CENTUM VP R5.04

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released the CENTUM VP R5.04, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions. The development of CENTUM VO R5.04 is the outcome of a steady effort to improve this system, which is the cornerstone of Yokogawa’s Industrial Automation business’s VigilantPlant version. R5.04’s enhanced alarm function improves operational safety, and the enhanced batch function meets the specific requirements of industries, such as speciality chemicals, which are being targeted under Yokogawa’s Evolution 2015 mid term business plan.


A prominently coloured tag mark is displayed on the HMI screen next to any measurement reading that falls outside the normal range on the original CENTUM. With CENTUM R5.04, these marks now come in a variety of easily recognisable shapes that indicate the importance of a measurement item and the severity of an anomaly. New audible alarms have also been added to provide information on the severity and equipment location of an anomaly.

With batch process manufacturing, a recipe must be defined for each product. A recipe consists of a procedure and a formula: the procedure is a description of particular processes such as feed and temperature control that will be employed, while the formula specifies feed quantity, temperature and the like. While procedures and formulas are usually defined separately, it is advantageous in certain batch applications if both can be defined together on the same screen. CENTUM VP R5.04 batch function has been enhanced by adding this capability, and this allows end users to efficiently perform the engineering required for each definition method.

Target areas

Manufacturers in process industries such as oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, and water supply and wastewater treatment.


Monitoring and automatic control of plant operations.

Adapted by Claira Lloyd

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