Azbil Corporation (TOKYO:6845) has announced that it will launch sale of
the sophisticated Smart Valve Positioner 700 Series on March 13.
Compared with the company's previous positioners, the 700 Series has
improved control valve diagnostics, field operability, and integration
with the control system network. The positioners are expected to
contribute to the safe and reliable operation of plants and promote
efficient maintenance of control valves.
As facilities at recently constructed overseas plants have grown in size
to improve production efficiency, control valves themselves have also
become larger, and their installation locations have become more widely
dispersed. As a result, it has become difficult for users to maintain
the high reliability of their control valves through regular
maintenance. In Japan, there is a need to improve the productivity of
existing plants. To this end, efforts are being made to cut operation
and maintenance costs.Azbil Corporation's solution for effectively
tackling these challenges is to leverage the control valve diagnostics
technology in smart valve positioners and appy the latest communication
technologies. The 700 Series was developed for this purpose.
1. Comprehensive control valve diagnostics functionThe closing
performance of control valves, frictional force trends, and the output
performance of the actuator, among others, can be diagnosed while the
plant is operating by measuring the output from the positioner with a
built-in pressure sensor. And utilizing plant-industry-standard
information technology, anyone can perform diagnostics (various kinds of
inspection) when the plant is stopped regardless of their experience and
2. Great field operability provided by the LUIThe local user
interface (LUI) is located on the front of the unit. Users can easily
execute auto-setup (automatic adjustment) when starting operation, set
control parameters, and perform other operations in the field.
3. Conformance with the latest communication standardsThe
positioner supports the latest version of FOUNDATION Fieldbus, which is
the de facto communication standard in the plant industry.
The 700 Series starts at 350,000 yen/unit. The goal for sales is 1,000
units in the first fiscal year and 7,000 units in three years, including
domestic and foreign sales, a total of 2.5 billion yen.
Azbil Corporation continues to realize safety, comfort and fulfillment
in people's lives and contributes to global environmental preservation
through "human-centered automation."
Azbil CorporationFounded in 1906. Azbil Corporation pursues
"human-centered automation," which aims to contribute to people's
safety, comfort and fulfillment and also to global environmental
preservation. In April 2012, Azbil Corporation has changed its name from
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