Yokogawa’s FieldMate Version 3.04 is the newest PC/Tablet based-configuration tool that lets users perform initial instrumentation equipment setups, daily maintenance, troubleshooting and historical record keeping as well as configuring device replacements. This “one-tool-for-all” software features integrated communication paths for process automation protocols such as HART, FOUNDATION fieldbus, PROFIBUS, Modbus, ISA100.11a wireless, and Yokogawa’s proprietary BRAIN protocol.
FieldMate incorporates the open FDT technology standard and is compliant with FDT/DTMs that use either the FDT 1.2 or 2.0 standards. Additionally, the tool supports built-in DTM interpreting of existing Device Descriptions (DD) instantaneously for those devices that do not have DTMs.
The FDT/FRAME application is an integral part of FieldMate. Many DTMs are included with the FieldMate tool, and third party DTMs are available from most field device vendors.
- FDT/FRAME-enabled applications standardize the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems.
- FDT/DTMs (Device Type Manager) provide the software application defining the Graphical User Interface (GUI).
In smaller installations, FieldMate can be used as a low-cost Plant Asset Management system. It lets operators store all associated documentation and calibration records for that instrument in one location. Data can also be transferred to a remote storage device for back up or to allow multiple users access to the information.
The intuitive, easy-to-use interface lets users jump-start device management maintenance efforts directly from the start-up screen. FieldMate automatically scans the bus and lists the devices found, and provides their status and basic device parameters. From there, users can navigate to device details such as diagnostics, configuration parameters, maintenance information, etc. An audit trail function is one of many standard features.
Additional features include the ability to do standard tasks right from the front interface such as all parameter download/comparison functions/work reports, zero adjust parameters, input loop check support and perform zero adjustments. The ability to show notes or generate a note on that particular instrument for future reference including pictures is also granted.
Asset Management in the Field
FieldMate is the handy tool of choice to support the easy maintenance patrol activity in your entire facility. It facilitates the accurate update of information in the Plant Asset Management system for ease of operations and maintenance.
Additionally, FieldMate supports linking additional user information about the device condition or installation environment such as photo’s, movies, audio, memo’s etc., to each device. FieldMate synchronizes seamlessly with Yokogawa’s PRM (Plant Resource Manager) tool to provide a clear path to asset excellence.