More robust alarm management, improved access to maintenance information, and enhanced support of international standards.

Once I knew many people at Yokogawa and had visited their offices outside Atlanta and Houston a few times. Now I see Dave Emerson and Penny Chen a couple of times a year and haven’t heard anything from marketing for years. Now I’m back on Yokogawa’s radar.

This news is interesting because data has become a meaningful topic. This news reveals updates to the Collaborative Information Server (CI Server) part of the OpreX Control and Safety System family. The update provides more robust alarm management than before, improved access to maintenance information, and expanded support for international communications standards.

This solution will bring together large volumes of data from various plant equipment and systems to enable the optimized management of production activities across an entire enterprise, and provide the environment needed to remotely monitor and control operations from any location and make swift decisions.

Yokogawa came out with the first release of CI Server in 2021. By integrating the handling of all kinds of data from plant equipment, devices, and systems, this solution facilitates the optimized management of production activities across an entire enterprise. With this latest upgrade to CI Server, the company has introduced new functions that enhance its connectivity with plant systems, equipment, and devices, and enable the integrated management of alarms and the use of field device data for such purposes as routine maintenance.

1. OPC UA A&C message reception function

CI Server now supports the client function of OPC Unified Architecture Alarms & Conditions (UA A&C). This enables CI Server to safely and securely receive alarms, system state information, and other kinds of data from any device that supports OPC UA A&C server function, including third-party products.

2. CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS alarm receiving function through V net

In addition to the monitoring of plant operations, CI Server can now directly receive CENTUM VP and ProSafe-RS alarms through V net. With the addition of this function, linkage with Yokogawa’s CENTUM VP distributed control system and ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system has been enhanced.

3. Linkage with Plant Resource Manager (PRM)

CI Server can now link with Yokogawa’s PRM (R4.06 or later) and is thus able to handle and provide to higher-level systems all the information that is managed using this software package. By linking with data from multiple application programs, CI Server enables the comprehensive monitoring of field device status information, parameters, and other kinds of data.

CI Server alarm integration and linkage with PRM

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