Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced that it has developed the OpreX Managed Service which supports the remote monitoring and maintenance of plant equipment. By identifying and correcting issues with plant equipment and devices before they can break down, this service can prevent unexpected plant shutdowns. It can be accessed and utilized in a variety of ways, depending on customer requirements. The service is being offered as part of the OpreX Sustainable Maintenance family lineup, and will be launched in all regions other than Japan on September 28.
The OpreX Managed Service is provided on top of a software platform that is able to ascertain the soundness not only of operational technology (OT), such as distributed control systems and field devices, but also a wide range of IT assets including network devices, meaning that it can be used in both predictive maintenance and incident management. Using this platform, Yokogawa can remotely monitor and identify the causes of any problems in this equipment for their customers. Leveraging the OT, IT, and plant maintenance know-how that Yokogawa has developed over the years by closely working with our customers in many different industries, Yokogawa is able to help customers reduce the frequency of unexpected plant shutdowns, streamline the operation of production equipment, and decrease maintenance workload.
Features of the service include as follows:
- Centralized plant equipment status management and 24/7 monitoring
With this service, data is collected 24/7 in real time to monitor the status of equipment anywhere in the world. This monitoring covers not only Yokogawa products, but also a wide variety of plant equipment from other vendors. Yokogawa provides incident management, remote maintenance, and advice on enhancements that can be made, along with notification of any device abnormalities or signs of an impending device failure. The service also offers centralized management of system and network cybersecurity measures. These services are provided via a Yokogawa service platform by teams of subject matter experts who are specialists in equipment maintenance and cybersecurity.
- Operation support with a highly flexible service environment
Depending on customer requirements, the service platform can be used from a customer's dedicated server or cloud environment, or Yokogawa's shared cloud environment. In cases where security measures preclude use of the cloud, the service platform can be provided from a server at the customer's plant.
Major target markets include oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, water supply and wastewater treatment, non-ferrous metals, metal, cement, etc. Applications include predictive maintenance: creation and execution of maintenance plans based on historical data used to forecast the timing of future failures, condition-based maintenance: maintenance based on real-time analysis that shows irregularities, preventive maintenance: periodical maintenance scheduled by time, run hours etc., and corrective maintenance: prompt restoration of equipment when a fault occurs.