Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced the release of Exaquantum R3.20, an enhanced version of its plant information management system (PIMS) software package in the OpreX Asset Operations and Optimization family. Exaquantum supports the digital transformation initiatives of customers in the process industries by gathering large volumes of plant data and transforming it into usable, high-value business information. Exaquantum R3.20 comes with extended connectivity to OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) and enables more efficient and secure communication with business systems and data analysis tools to help achieve operational improvements.
Enhancements of the latest version are follows;
1. Extended support for OPC UA
A growing number of industrial automation systems and devices are being designed to take advantage of the secure, platform-independent OPC UA communication architecture. To capitalize on the increasing amounts of data available from these systems, Exaquantum R3.20 has extended its support for OPC UA. With this expanded connectivity, Exaquantum is able to capture data securely from multiple layers of assets such as sensors, complex systems, and business applications.
2. Improved support for data analysis requirements
The vast amounts of captured production data can be studied and analyzed with the Exaquantum built-in tools and applications. Exaquantum is also an efficient and secure interface for supplying data to the latest business intelligence and analysis platforms that can be used to execute operational improvement cycles and enhance quality. To assist with the accelerated demands in data analysis and the increase in data volume, Exaquantum R3.20 includes improved client functionality of the Exaquantum Excel Add-In that allows the import of data sets around 16 times larger than previously possible for easier analysis within Excel. Also, improved operability when exporting into CSV formatted files enables easier connection to other business systems and tools.
3. Support of the latest operating systems and IT software
To ensure the PIMS can be operated within customers’ corporate IT environments, Exaquantum R3.20 supports Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP3, while the Exaquantum client function has been enhanced to run on Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise SAC. In addition, to strengthen security, the software is also compatible with Yokogawa’s CENTUM VP R6.07 distributed control system and Exaopc R3.78 OPC interface package.
Major target markets include process industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, electric power, pulp and paper, foods, pharmaceuticals, and water treatment for such applications as real-time collection of plant process data into databases, calculation of collected data, and display of collected data in trend charts and other types of graphics, spreadsheets, etc.