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Azbil Corporation: New Valve Positioner to Contribute to Safe and Stable Plant Operation

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 apply the latest communication technologies. The 700 Series was developed for this purpose.

1. Comprehensive control valve diagnostics function
The 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 skill level.

2. Great field operability provided by the LUI
The 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 standards
The 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 Corporation
Founded 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 Yamatake Corporation.

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