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Yokogawa has released an enhanced version of the Stardom network-based control system with upgraded engineering functionality, facilitating the construction of field digital communications networks.

For this latest version, Yokogawa has optimised its existing engineering tool that is used to configure large-scale SCADA systems based on the Foundation fieldbus protocol.

The new tool, Foundation fieldbus Configurator, enables a 60 per cent reduction in engineering man hours, compared with the previous tool.

In addition to this tool, Stardom’s Logic Designer engineering tool for creating control applications has been improved.

An enhanced Distributed Network Protocol 3 (DNP3) is also provided.

The Foundation fieldbus Configurator has a number of features that improve engineering efficiency and enable the deployment of Foundation fieldbus networks in relatively short periods of time.

All screens now have the same look and feel as that of other Stardom engineering tools.

In addition, an enhanced export and import function facilitates repeat engineering, and application downloading time to fieldbus devices has been reduced substantially.

Logic Designer, the new control application creation tool, offers improved functionality, with ‘drag and drop’, automatic rearrangement, automatic wiring mode switching and other functions added that make the software easier to use.

The new version of Stardom also offers enhanced functionality of the DNP3 protocol.

DNP3 is a communication protocol used for controlling equipment distributed over a wide area, such as oil and gas-field equipment.

The protocol has been enhanced to support a wider range of SCADA applications.

Stardom is an open network-control system consisting of components with control, operation and monitoring functionality.

The autonomous controllers at the core of Stardom have the same control and monitoring functions found in a PLC, as well as the information distribution functions of a PC.

These products are used as intelligent remote terminal units (RTUs) in distributed applications such as natural-gas and oil wells.

When used in combination, the FCN/FCJ autonomous controllers and Fast/Tools Scada software give increased flexibility in distributed applications.

Major target markets for Stardom include oil- and gas-field production equipment in upstream oil and gas processes, and new energy markets including wind-power generation equipment and micro-hydroelectric power generation equipment.

Applications include the monitoring, operation, control and data acquisition/recording of production equipment distributed over a wide area.

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