Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the August 14 release of FieldMate R3.03, an enhanced version of the FieldMate device management software tool. The FieldMate software has the versatile ability to configure, adjust, and manage a wide variety of field devices used in factories and other production sites.
In addition to having a function that displays past diagnostic data, this latest version of FieldMate includes new functions that provide a more intuitive visualization of pressure calibration data. Powerful new interfaces are also provided for connecting to devices that rely on non-standard protocols and connecting to host networks.
1. New functions that makes it easier to calibrate differential pressure/pressure transmitters
Field devices must be periodically calibrated to maintain their accuracy. Differential pressure/pressure transmitters are widely used in plants, and their calibration requires skilled maintenance personnel. To calibrate a transmitter, a field engineer must apply pressure using a hand pump, measure that pressure with a pressure calibrator and a transmitter, and manually record the reading produced by the transmitter. This same procedure must be repeated at various standard pressure levels. Release 3.03 has a new function that clearly displays in real time the pressure calibrator and transmitter readings acquired from the pressure calibrator, and a new function that automatically records calibration data. With these functions, even inexperienced maintenance personnel can easily calibrate these devices.
2. Enhanced visualization of historical data needed to identify device deterioration
This latest FieldMate release comes with a new function that displays previous measurements on a graph, which is useful, for example, in identifying changes over time in the adjustments needed to eliminate an offset from the zero point. Used together with a function that displays a list of diagnostic data, this can help personnel identify field devices and other types of equipment that are in need of maintenance. Previously, such assessments required a good deal of experience in analyzing measurement data. Thanks to the improved visualization of data with this new function, even inexperienced maintenance workers can accurately make these assessments.
3. New external interfaces
A new external interface is now available that facilitates connections to host systems, including those that rely on the cloud. This allows users to easily share FieldMate-generated maintenance reports with their colleagues in the field and back at the office.
In addition, while FieldMate supports all the major communication protocols used by field devices, some plants still rely on field devices and other types of equipment that use unique, non-standard communication protocols. A new external interface is now available that enables FieldMate to connect to and handle data from devices that use such non-standard protocols.
Major target markets include process industries, such as oil, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods, and iron and steel.
Keywords: Device Management, Field Devices, Production, Diagnostic Data, Visualization, Pressure Calibration, Pressure Transmitters, ARC Advisory Group.