Yokogawa releases OpreX Asset Health Insights with Alibaba Cloud support

Japanese IT company Yokogawa Electric Corporation released OpreXTM Asset Health Insights 2.0, an enhanced version of the company’s cloud-based plant asset monitoring service, which is part of the OpreX Asset Management and Integrity family. In addition to having a new embedded asset monitoring and management functions, this version supports implementation on Alibaba Cloud — Yokogawa’s first technical partnership with Alibaba Cloud. The Asset Health Insights service collects, refines, and aggregates operational technology (OT) data from distributed assets and process data, orchestrating them to form a single source of truth for real-time asset modelling and monitoring in a secured environment. This service gives organisations a 360° view of operational assets that eases the task of asset management and improves operational efficiency and decision-making.

Development background

Driven by its customers’ focus on integrated, remote, and increasingly autonomous operations, Yokogawa launched OpreX Asset Health Insights on 6 Jun 2022, to make asset data more visible, integrated, and actionable.

The original version of Asset Health Insights supported Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. However, as the number of users of Alibaba Cloud continued to expand, Yokogawa has added support for Alibaba Cloud. To meet the demand for asset monitoring and management capabilities, and the need for protection against cyber-attacks, the company enhanced the functionality of Asset Health Insights with its new features.

Main features

  • Alibaba Cloud support

Asset Health Insights can be hosted on Alibaba Cloud, and customers can connect their existing data in Alibaba Cloud to Asset Health Insights, giving them flexibility on where to host applications and data. Chinese language support has also been added, in addition to English, Japanese, and Korean.

  • 2D and 3D graphics to improve operability

Both 2D and 3D process graphics are now supported, affording users flexibility in how to interactively visualise the status of assets such as pumps, motors, and chillers. Self-service tools that allow users to design location graphics and bind various types of real-time asset data are also provided.

The Asset Health Insights (2.0) dashboard gives an intuitive interface giving a 360° real-time view of operational assets
  • ISA 18.2 compliant alarm management support

Based on the ‘Management of Alarm Systems for Process Industries’ issued by the International Society for Automation (ISA), users can create ISA 18.2 compliant alarms based on various parameters to standardise work processes. They can also check an audit trail to identify who acknowledged an alarm and when the alarm occurred.