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Yokogawa Electric has released Version R9.03 of its Fast/Tools web-based SCADA system for use in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals and food.

The latest system, designed for process monitoring and asset management tasks, enables a new approach to remote engineering and maintenance, deploying process applications and monitoring via web-based services.

Its use of the latest technologies and web-based architecture provides management and maintenance personnel with secure access to their assets.

Fast/Tools features high-level system integration capabilities, facilitating more advanced system deployment and reducing costs.

Remote asset management is said to drive down operating costs and optimise the sharing and exchange of information.

The latest web technologies are incorporated in the Java-based Fast/Tools engineering and maintenance environment to enable access and execution within standard web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.

This facilitates access by the various start-up and design teams to the application and system software configuration in a zero-deployment and transparent manner.

The integrity and confidentiality of process information is preserved.

Java was chosen as it can be used with standard web browsers; it is architecturally neutral and provides good support for graphics, according to the company.

A reduction in the number of paper documents required and the high level of management efficiency made possible by the continuous availability of process information are expected to lead to a reduction in cycle times.

To enhance security, the system and its applications are hardened to prevent failures and protect against unauthorised access and use.

At the same time, thanks to a simple licensing policy, it is now easier to reduce costs through web-based engineering and virtualisation.

A web-based server and client architecture facilitates remote access and the deployment of security enhancements as well as graphics and application services.

A new engineering and visualisation editor with an advanced sheet- and form-based environment enables a framework that reduces the amount of work required for engineering and visualisation.

The new environment is said to be simple to work with and combines the power of sophisticated graphical applications in one package.

Dynamic layers and visibility groups enable multilevel processes and KPI monitoring and supervision within a single operations architecture.

The new operator environment is language independent and can be triggered by log-in procedures.

This allows for a mix of local and remote operators, as appropriate, and is not limited by language barriers.

A new plug-in structure that goes beyond ‘traditional driver configuration’ enables the integration of new and existing infrastructure, ensuring seamless vertical and horizontal integration, according to Yokogawa.

Capabilities include soft marshalling and the integration of Foundation fieldbus device messages and information.

This is applicable for both the Yokogawa product range and a variety of third-party hardware and software products.

These include the Exaquantum plant information management system, the Stardom network-based control system, the Daqmaster data acquisition unit, the FA-M3 programmable logic controller and the Prosafe-RS safety instrumented system.

Various software platforms are supported to protect application investments and give users a choice of hardware and software platforms.

The client/host architecture operates securely on the Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003/2008 Server, Unix and Linux Redhat platforms.

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