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Yokogawa announces release of Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS), a modular software suite.

The EPMS supplements basic pipeline management systems with specific liquid or gas applications that enable pipeline operator to manage delivery contracts and associated logistics in a time and energy efficient manner.

With a SCADA platform covering monitoring, alarming, trending, and reporting, the EPMS handles functions such as metering, batch scheduling and tracking, leak detection, and energy management within a single user environment.

The UI Is based on a modular platform, which according to Yokogawa is both IT friendly and secure, and the EPMS's templates and functions can be modified for different pipelines and applications.
       
The EPMS features improved alarm and human machine interface (HMI) management functions, and both it and its application platform comply with the American Petroleum Institute (API), International Society of Automation (ISA), and the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) standards and regulations.

The system employs leak detection, compensated volume balancing, and hydraulic profiling methodologies to monitor pipeline integrity under several operating condition.    
    
The EPMS makes adjustments to the setpoint so that both compressors and pumps can be operated close to the optimal efficiency point.

To manage exceptions during startup, the EPMS allows the assignment of business rules for the management of load sharing, compressor/pump restrictions, and alarm notifications at the compressor/pump station level.

The position of batches as well as anomalies such as trans-mix are measured and calculated to minimize product waste, and the system also reports on the inventory balances.
    
With its transparent management of parameter exchange and the measurement of liquids, gas, and gas composition, the EPMS is able to adapt to the desired measurement methodology and the level of intelligence of intermediate devices like flow computers, remote terminal units (RTU), and instruments.

The EPMS processes the available inputs into normalized flow, volume, and energy values in accordance with the applicable American Gas Association (AGA) and API standards.