CENTUM VP has a simple & common architecture consisting of human machine interfaces, field control stations, and a control network. It supports not only continuous and batch process control but also manufacturing operations management.
Yokogawa CENTUM VP Process Control and Automation Platform
The core platform for Yokogawa’s VigilantPlant®
Integrated Production Control System Overview
F-BUS (250 Kbps)
HF-BUS (1 Mbps)
V net (10 Mbps)
CS 3000 R3
Vnet/IP (1 Gbps)
CENTUM VP R6
Nearly 40 years and still countingCENTUM history
Yokogawa has maintained exclusive ownership of CENTUM
development throughout the history of this product series. The
upgrade path for each legacy system is always taken into
consideration before a new version is released.
VigilantPlant is Yokogawa's vision for the ideal plant. Our vision is for a plant to be a place
where people can be watchful and attentive, while the business responds quickly and
effectively to change. Non-stop production is assured as the plant's personnel confidently
expand their capabilities. In such a well managed plant, it is possible to plan for the future
and make the kind of changes needed to optimize every aspect of its operations. It keeps
evolving in response to changing needs.
Yokogawa’s system platforms combined with its proven execution experience provide the
highest quality and the most innovative solutions for secure and optimized process
automation and management. Yokogawa’s global customer centric focus together with
strong local support reduces users’ business risks and provides the lowest total cost of
ownership. With a long history of progressive compatibility, Yokogawa is your dependable
Is your plant silent and boring?
“A well managed plant is silent and boring.”- Peter. F. Drucker
CENTUM VP ushers in an operating environment that keeps everyone
fully aware, well informed, and ready to face the next challenge.
The Automation Design Suite, Yokogawa's new engineering environment, is designed for faster and
more flexible engineering. This radical innovation ensures a standardized and consistent engineering
framework, thereby maintaining data integrity and facilitating management of change. It streamlines
engineering workflow, eliminates redundant work and increases reusability.
A common interface for control, safety, and asset intelligence provides operators with all the
relevant information to aid in decision-making. This together with embedded mechanisms such as
our Consolidated Alarm Management Software (CAMS) prevents information overload and
ensures safe and unified plant operation.
Versatile and Efﬁcient Engineering
Intuitive and Integrated Operation
N-IO (Network I/O), the next-generation software configurable smart I/O,
reduces footprint, lowers marshalling costs and allows flexible I/O binding.
Matched with the FieldMate Validator, our commissioning tool, this allows
for significantly faster project completion and reduced costs without
compromising on quality.
Improved Project Execution and Reduced Cost
High Performance and Dependable Control
Yokogawa provides a comprehensive and systematic approach to plant lifecycle management.
With online upgrades and modifications, step-by-step migration paths, in-depth security solutions
and a wide array of lifecycle services, we make sure that our customers get the most out of their
Continuous Evolution and Long-term Investment Protection
99.99999% availability is a CENTUM hallmark that provides unmatched
reliability for plant control. The powerful Field Control Station (FCS)
coupled with the Vnet/IP high-speed network not only ensures
high-capacity processing but also secure and reliable communication.
True Integration of Production Excellence,
Safety Excellence and Asset Excellence
CENTUM VP achieves the Operational Excellence that is the focus of Yokogawa’s
Production Excellence, Safety Excellence and Asset Excellence initiatives. It offers
integrated viewing and data handling functions. For example, alarms from the
ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System and Plant Resource Manager, Yokogawa’s
Asset Management product, can be seen and handled seamlessly in the Human
Interface Station (HIS).
Easy to operate with clear visibility
Dedicated Operation Keyboard
Consolidated Alarm Management
Plant Asset Management
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Yokogawa offers an intuitive and easy-to-understand HMI environment for plant operation and monitoring, which is the result of
vast experience with CENTUM systems in operation. Flexibility in displaying operation windows and monitors helps in adapting to
various aspects of operation needs. CENTUM VP provides easy-to understand graphics based on the ergonomics and knowledge
engineering. For instance, data displays are provided with high visibility that enables intuitive awareness of the situation. The use
of colors considers the best contrast and environments of the central control room and the configuration of the displays integrates
the knowhow of experienced operators. With all these functions, CENTUM VP enables operators to make quick and accurate
decisions during operations and contributes to improve operation efficiency.
Consolidated Alarm Management Software (CAMS) helps customers avoid safety and environmental incidents that can
be caused by alarm flooding. It also enables customers to improve operational efficiency under normal conditions,
freeing operators from having to perform tedious repetitive tasks and allowing them to focus on true process concerns.
CAMS supports Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) for alarm management based on the
latest EEMUA #191 alarm management guideline. It provides additional useful tools such as graphical historical data
analysis and automatic alarm reduction. Sequence of event management functions are also included.
With PRM (Plant Resource Manager) and intelligent field devices, operators and maintenance personnel can monitor
the condition of plant assets remotely. Plant Resource Manager's diagnostic functions detect early signs of
performance deterioration such as valve sticking and impulse line blocking. By helping curtail excessive preventive
maintenance and enabling higher level predictive and proactive maintenance, Plant Resource Manager opens the way
to asset predictability.
Optimized allocations of the function keys and buttons enable operators to call up or
switch graphics and control loops by pressing a single key. Two types, a single-loop
and an eight-loop simultaneous operation keyboards, are provided giving users the
ability to react quickly to process conditions.
Continuously displays the latest alarm
messages, keeping operators up to date on
Contains navigation tools for the convenience
of operators, frequently-used icons can be
grouped in a My Favorites folder.
Lists the previous operational displays.
Operators can quickly call up previously-used
The AOG (Advanced Operating Graphics) solution is a
consulting service provided to help design PCS
(Process Control System) graphics based on human
factors engineering and knowledge engineering. AOG
provides intuitive situation awareness through
ergonomic design, looking at factors such as color
selection, layout, and visual function. Certified
consultants conduct a task analysis of plant
operations and the result is reflected in the graphics
design. The GUIs can enhance safety and
productivity by early detection of abnormal situations,
quicker decision making, reduction of errors,
less-stressed operators, and translating operator
skills into explicit knowledge.
All plant process data and device data are
handled by CENTUM VP.
CENTUM VP's versatile architecture covers not only continuous and batch process control but also
manufacturing operations management.
A wider variety of software suites for automation solutions is available.
I/O network I/O network
Yokogawa’s CENTUM series achieves high availability thanks to a dual-redundant
design, online maintenance capability, and other advanced features. The FCS
processor module, power supply, I/O modules, and I/O networks are all dual
redundant. Active and stand-by processor modules work in synchronization: even if a
failure occurs, control switches over seamlessly to the stand-by module and the FCS
continues running. Failed modules can be replaced online, ensuring that not even a
hardware failure will interfere with plant operation.
Ensuring the Highest Availability and Reliability
The CENTUM series employs a pair & spare architecture
that improves the stability of process control. Each
processor module has redundant CPUs that execute the
same computations simultaneously. Their outputs are
constantly compared and a bump-less switchover to the
stand-by processor module is initiated if any anomalies
caused by electronic noise or other phenomena are
detected. This minimizes the likelihood that CPU hardware
faults will have any impact on process control.
The HIS runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems
platforms and offers customers the convenience of using
commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. Although the reliability of a
PC is relatively low, it does not affect the total reliability of the
process operator function. As the HIS is not server-client
dependent, multiple HISs provide independent backup such
that there is no single point of failure.
Through an online maintenance function, FCS applications can be modified without shutting down the FCSs. It means, you can change
logics and parameters without interrupting the process control. This is useful for expansion or modification of the plant in operation.
Yokogawa has a long history of delivering stable and high quality
CENTUM systems. The CENTUM VP controller features outstanding
processing performance and a large application storage capacity, yet
inherits the same quality and stability that are the hallmark of the
CENTUM series. It has been optimized to take full advantage of
advances in field digital technology that will help plants operate with
increased efficiency and stability.
The state-of-the-art Field Control Station (FCS)
Designed for Stable Control
The CENTUM VP provides functional blocks for monitoring, control, manipulations, calculations, logic functions, and sequences. Not
only continuous control but also advanced control, complicated sequence control, and batch control are all executed in a redundant,
secure, and reliable controller environment. Plant systems can be flexibly designed, ranging from small-to-large-scale, through the
combination of these control blocks.
Yokogawa's Vnet/IP provides open, reliable, and real-time
broadband communications, which enables the use of commercial
off-the-shelf technology that help reduce costs. The open
c o m m u n i c a t i o n d o e s n o t a f f e c t p r o c e s s c o n t r o l d a t a
communications nor does it impact the performance and security
aspect of the control communications. The Yokogawa system
guarantees data updates every second in the HIS, regardless of
project size or complexity.
Wide variety of Function Blocks
N-IO (Network I/O) : Ultimate ﬂexibility
1 Gbit, World’s Fastest Open Control Network
No Single Point of Failure
Universal I/O Module
• 16 Channels I/O
• Signal: AI/AO/DI/DO
• Software Conﬁgurable
• HART 7 Support
• Full Redundancy
• Built-in Signal Conditioner
• Single point integrity
• Through, Pulse, Multi
types of DI and DO, etc.
N-IO reduces footprint, lowers marshalling costs and allows flexible I/O assignment.
Universal I/O and Software Marshalling
N-IO has AI/AO/DI/DO in each I/O channel. Each I/O channel
can be changed to other I/O types by software programming.
Adapter (Built-in Signal Conditioner)
N-IO implements a wide variety of built-in signal conditioners on
its baseplate. In most cases, there is no need to prepare external
signal conditioning or the additional space this requires.
The same N-IO baseplate supports both single and dual
redundant formations, eliminating the need for multiple
hardware/software vendors when implementing redundancy.
The N-IO baseplate supports Intrinsically Safe I/O barriers.
CENTUM : the DCS solution with
an incredibly high 99.99999% availability!
Yokogawa accelerates plant startup and
Ensures sustainable performance
The Automation Design Suite - Improving Quality, Reducing Complexity and
Yokogawa paves way for a new engineering paradigm for the next-generation. It is
not uncommon for a project to experience backsliding and signiﬁcant rework, all of
which affects the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Yokogawa's engineering prevents
these inefﬁciencies and ensures our customers reap all these beneﬁts throughout a
Yokogawa provides smart engineering thanks to three innovative products.
● Automation Design Suite, Yokogawa’s engineering environment
● N-IO (The Network I/O), Yokogawa’s software configurable smart I/O
● FieldMate Validator, Yokogawa’s commissioning tool for N-IO
The Automation Design Suite adopts a Modular approach to
automation design and execution, where process loops, alarm
design philosophy, graphics and more are deployed as design
patterns: downloaded, shared and re-used as standards across the
enterprise, saving time and resources.
Yokogawa leverages its long history and vast expertise in process
automation, with standardized, industry proven engineering
modules available that span a broad range of processes and
functions for production, safety and asset excellence.
After the DCS is sent to a site, design changes often happen due to physical restrictions of implementation or inadvertent
miscalculations and these changes can significantly affect the project schedule. And shortening the term of a project is an everpresent
challenge. Flexible I/O binding, Yokogawa’s improved late I/O binding solution, helps overcome these customer challenges.
The Automation Design Suite, Yokogawa's new engineering environment, retains the entire engineering history of your plant from
design phase, through commissioning and live operation; which ensures up-to-date plant knowledge with every expansion, or
hardware and software change throughout your lifecycle.
The flexible I/O binding facilitates simple and hassle-free I/O binding. This is made possible by software marshaling
and the N-IO’s universal channels. The type of I/O and the interconnection between the I/O module and the controller
can be modified remotely which significantly absorbs the impact of last-minute I/O changes. Furthermore, the flexible
I/O binding achieves early delivery of I/O cabinets to the site, and problems can be found and fixed on-site at a very
Flexible I/O Binding – ensuring project execution excellence
Reducing the Risks to Scheduled Project Delivery
The flexible I/O binding shortens duration of a project. After I/O design is fixed, application engineering and hardware
engineering can progress independently and parallel. This is made possible by System Independent Loop
Commissioning. System Independent Loop Commissioning project capability utilizes Yokogawa's FieldMate
Validator, an innovative tool allowing the field testing and validation of N-IO without requiring a deployed system.
Module Based Engineering
The Automation Design Suite is more than the ‘As built’ specification of your plant… It provides dynamic management of
design, investment and project effectiveness by auditing and versioning engineering changes, and facilitating effective
engineering through ModPacks (Modification Packages).
Management of Change and Resources
& HW FAT
to scheduled project delivery
Reducing complexity and
Dependency Analyze Authorization Recording changes through out the plant lifecycle
Modification Package Modification Package
& HW FAT
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This serves to maintain project schedules by
reducing the delays and the engineering impact
of late design changes or scope changes. The
Automation Design Suite also auto-documents
and checks inconsistencies in project activity
and software resources, removing the pain
from project management, and significantly
reducing project risk.
Yokogawa’s vast and in-depth engineering experience
coupled with CENTUM’s rich history guarantees
unparalleled project execution.
Yokogawa is committed to sustaining your business
With vast experience in maintenance technology and an extensive support
structure, Yokogawa maintains the reliability and availability of the control system
throughout a plant's lifecycle.
Yokogawa’s services for plants lifecycle
Yokogawa provides operational solutions and optimization of the maintenance plan as well as overall cost through our three introductory
steps that include Opportunity Identification Services, Solution Implementation Services and Lifecycle Effectiveness Services.
Opportunity Identification ServicesTM
Solution Implementation ServicesTM
Endpoint Security Service
We are in a new age of controlling security risks. The spread of malware and a rise in increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks
are causing even more serious damage. The threat of cyber-security risks extends beyond information technology systems and
into control systems. The use of information technology systems has advanced control systems and helped reduce costs and
provide more functions. However, we now need to tackle the associated security risks.
Yokogawa provides an effective security service in response to the customer’s
requests and operational conditions. USB Port Lock Service, Unauthorized
Program Countermeasure Service, Security Information Service, etc. are
available. The Anti-virus software and the white listing software are provided by
Yokogawa evaluates the effectiveness of a customer’s system with periodical inspection,
environmental diagnosis, deterioration diagnosis and maintenance histories and identifies
issues that require improvement to avoid risks. Based on objective data, Yokogawa
proposes optimum lifecycle maintenance plans and conducts measures based on the
plan. Also, we analyze system utilizations such as controllability, alarm, HMI etc.
quantitatively and identify new opportunities for improvement.
Preventive Maintenance to sustain high availability
Prompt Recovery in case of emergency
Yokogawa provides maintenance operations based on the plant lifecycle plan for the
purpose of sustaining the system’s functions and overall effectiveness.
Provide periodical inspections and parts replacement, improve system reliability and
availability. (MTBF Improvement)
Yokogawa Global Response Center and our worldwide network provides prompt
recovery 24/7 with the effective utilization of remote maintenance technology.
Yokogawa prevents data corruption and inconsistency by providing software
backup services. Also, our security service protects the customer system from
virus infection and data tampering.
Yokogawa advocates the concept of Advanced Decision Support (ADS) which
enabling operators quick and accurate decision making in plant operation and
improving plant safety and productivity. The following services are provided based on
the international standards under the ADS concept.
* ISA-18.2 based design consulting for alarm management
* ISA-101 based design consulting for HMI
* ISA-106 based design consulting for procedure automation
Integrity / Security sustainment
Step3 Lifecycle Effectiveness ServicesTM
Yokogawa periodically reviews the customer lifecycle plan and verifies
the effectiveness of maintenance and improvements.
CENTUM VP has obtained the
ISASecure® Embedded Device Security
Assurance (EDSA) certification.
ISASecure EDSA 2010.1 Level 1 TM
Certification number : CSSC-C00001
CENTUM VP R5.03.00 / Vnet/IP Firmware R18
CENTUM VP field control unit has obtained the ISASecure® Embedded Device
Security Assurance (EDSA) certification from the ISA Security Compliance
Institute (ISCI). The certification was obtained through a process that involved an
examination by the CSSC (Control System Security Center) Certification Labora-
tory. It ensures that CENTUM is equipped with the cyber security features to be
used in the industries such as oil, petrochemical, power and many others.
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Three Introductory Steps
Not satisfied with another vendor’s control systems? Consider migrating it to CENTUM VP. We have successfully migrated over
350 non-Yokogawa systems so far and the number is steadily growing. To name a few: Bailey INFI90, Foxboro I/A, Emerson
RS3/PROVOX/DeltaV, Eurotherm, Hartman & Brown ContronicP, Hitachi, Honeywell TDC2000/TDC3000/PKS, Siemens
SIMATIC, Taylor MODCELL, Toshiba, Allen-Bradley PLC.
Upgrading is simple and quick: it takes just one click of a mouse to execute an FCS upgrade. All of Yokogawa's legacy CENTUM
systems can be controlled and monitored from a newer CENTUM system. Via a control network, CENTUM VP can control and
monitor operations at a plant that relies on a CENTUM V, CENTUM-XL, CENTUM CS, or CENTUM CS 3000 system. The latest
CENTUM VP can also communicate with both the N-IO and the more traditional FIO and Yokogawa will continue to sell and
provide long-term support to both types of I/O. Thus, by allowing its customers to utilize their existing assets wherever possible,
Yokogawa offers them a cost-effective way to upgrade their production control systems.
Yokogawa maintains the reliability
and availability of the control system throughout
a plant's lifecycle.
Scalable and interoperable architecture CENTUM VP has a simple & common architecture consisting of human machine interfaces, ﬁeld control stations, and a control network.
Human Interface Station (HIS)
Windows based operating system, commercial-off-the-shelf PC
hardware, and optional specialized operator keyboard for a large
variety of operator consoles.
Engineering Station (ENG)
With the same PC features mentioned above, this includes a
comprehensive engineering package for all the CENTUM VP
components and applications.
Field Control Station (FCS)
100% Yokogawa manufactured. This is the core of CENTUM VP’s
high availability/reliability, continuing the CENTUM heritage.
Unified Gateway Station (UGS) serves as a gateway to interface
CENTUM VP with STARDOM or the third-party subsystems.
Generic Subsystem Gateway (GSGW) is a controller for operating
and monitoring subsystems connected to CENTUM VP.
Bus Converter (BCV)
Interface hardware that connects multiple control network domains.
It also connects previous CENTUM series systems to CENTUM VP.
Control Network (Vnet/IP)
Vnet/IP, an IEEE802.3 Ethernet compliant redundant network
operating at 1 Gbps, incorporates Yokogawa’s technology,
achieving deterministic, reliable, and secure communications.
Multiple System Connection
Wide Area Network Connection
Customers are demanding different sites to be linked together so that bi-directional operation can be made more efficient.
Yokogawa provides a multiple system connection function to connect several CENTUM VP sites together and link older CENTUM sites.
Interoperability of Yokogawa CENTUM systems with the “outside world” begins with OPC. CENTUM VP utilizes an OPC server that meets the
demands of information flow, advanced control, and alarm/event management. Our customers enjoy solid performance and wide flexibility of our
OPC server for their integration projects. Yokogawa maintains interoperability with all intelligent instrumentation and deployed fieldbuses.
Subsystem Integration and Digital Fieldnetworks Support
To meet the growing need for communication with manufacturing equipment including
variable speed drives, PLCs, and “smart” motor protection relays for operation and
monitoring, as well as with analyzers, weighing machines, smart instruments, and other
instruments used for product inspection, CENTUM VP supports a wide variety of
communication interfaces and digital fieldnetworks such as FOUNDATIONTM
PROFIBUS-DP, Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP, and DeviceNet.
CENTUM VP can expand its control network by connecting with a wide area network.
System integration and monitoring of remote or isolated locations are enabled using a
public or satellite network, with no loss in reliability or security.
CENTUM VP supports FOUNDATIONTM
fieldbus, HART, PROFIBUS-DP,
DeviceNet, Modbus, Modbus/TCP, and EtherNet/IP.
Safety Control Station (SCS) - ProSafe-RS
This is Yokogawa’s TÜV SIL3 certified premier safety instrumented
system. It incorporates Yokogawa’s own Pair & Spare and Vnet/IP
technologies and offers unprecedented synergy with CENTUM VP.
Network-based Control System - STARDOM
Yokogawa’s intelligent-hybrid remote telecommunication
controllers are ideal for the oil and gas upstream market. They
can be seamlessly integrated, via the UGS, to CENTUM VP.
Operational Excellence Software Suite
A software suite for the Windows platform that supports plant
operations and maintenance improvement, such as plant safety,
plant asset management, production management, and optimization.
ENG（Automation Design Suite） HIS HIS TSE
CENTUM, Lifecycle Effectiveness Services, Opportunity Identification Services, ProSafe, Solution Implementation Services, STARDOM, FieldMate, VigilantPlant,
VigilantPlant Services and Vnet/IP are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
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With the release of the world’s ﬁrst DCS nearly four decades ago,
Yokogawa helped empower an entire generation of plant operators.
With our focus on creating a sustainable future, we are committed in
our efforts to support a new generation of plant operators.