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Yokogawa releases enhanced version of ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System

The enhanced version of ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System features an output module for use with alternating voltage power sources and offers improved maintenance and documentation functions that make this system ideal for widely distributed upstream processes, including wellheads and pipelines. These enhancements meet users' latest requirements for safety instrumented systems, and strike the perfect balance between improved operational efficiency and safety in upstream and downstream processes.

There is a growing emphasis on safety instrumented systems for operational safety in energy and basic materials industries such as oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, and iron & steel that is driven by the need to provide a safe workplace, protect the environment, and be a responsible corporate citizen. An ARC study estimates that the global market for safety instrumented systems will average at least 12% annual growth and be worth $2.5Bn in 2012.

To achieve both operational efficiency and safety, it is necessary to closely integrate the distributed control systems (DCSs) that are necessary for stable plant operations with the safety instrumented systems that perform emergency shutdowns. To address this need, Yokogawa developed the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System, and has continued to strengthen its linkage with the CENTUMR series of DCS systems.

At the same time, safety has become a major concern not only at oil, natural gas, and petrochemical plants but also at widely distributed production facilities such as wellheads and pipelines. A safety instrumented system is needed that can work with the SCADA systems widely used to control and monitor these facilities. With the release of this enhanced version, the ProSafe-RS platform now offers connectivity with the control and monitoring functions of Yokogawa's STARDOM network-based control system, thereby securing the safety of widely distributed production facilities.

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