Yokogawa Electric has signed a partnership agreement with
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) on the evaluation
of field wireless technology based on the ISA100.11a
industrial automation wireless communications standard.
Through this partnership, which the companies announced on
Wednesday, 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
companys test plant.
Building on its strong global track record in delivering
control systems, sensors, and advanced field wireless
technology, Yokogawa says it 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, on the other hand, wishes to 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, it will be able to
properly apply this technology and fully explore its
By being the first to introduce such wireless communications
technology, Petrobras is hoping to reduce complexity at its
plants and accelerate instrumentation project implementation at certain
production facilities, improving
To ensure the maximum effective use of this field wireless
technology, the two companies have concluded a partnership
agreement so that they can fully collaborate in the field
testing process and engage in an exchange of experience and
knowledge in order to better understand and apply it.
Yokogawa will provide Petrobras technical support in the area
of field wireless communications. Yokogawa says its wealth of
knowledge and experience in the field will allow Petrobras to
accelerate the introduction of this technology at its facilities.
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 Yokogawas development
and promotion of field wireless products.
Additional information on Yokogawa's field wireless systems can
be found at the company's website.