Automation & IT

Yokogawa Partners With Petrobras to Evaluate Field Wireless Systems

By Chemical Processing staff

May 29, 2013

Yokogawa Electric Corp. subsidiary Yokogawa America do Sul Ltda. has signed a partnership agreement with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) to evaluate field wireless technology based on the ISA100.11a*1 industrial automation wireless communications standard.

Through this partnership, Yokogawa will provide Petrobras technical support on the use of field wireless communications and have the opportunity to demonstrate its field wireless products at this company’s test plant. Yokogawa will utilize this partnership with Petrobras to expand its provision of field wireless technology solutions to production plant operators around the world.

A wireless network can be used to connect a control system with field devices that are distributed throughout a plant. Such networks have many advantages that include reducing cabling and other installation costs and allowing the installation of equipment in difficult to wire locations.

To broaden the use of ISA100.11a-compliant products and related services in plant-wide wireless communications applications, Yokogawa is aggressively promoting its “Wireless Anywhere” business concept. Petrobras will gather more data about the use of this technology in its production processes with the aim of assessing wireless communication robustness and performance. In so doing, the company will be able to properly apply this technology and fully explore its benefits.

Yokogawa will provide Petrobras technical support in the area of field wireless communications. Yokogawa will also support the Petrobras technology development and application group in the conduct of large scale tests of field wireless systems at a Petrobras test plant.

Data on device installation conditions and system configuration as well as insights into user needs that are acquired through these tests will be used to advance Yokogawa’s development and promotion of field wireless products.

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