Energy company ExxonMobil has partnered with a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation to develop a new testbed for new and innovative energy technologies in Texas.
The Open Process Automation (OPA) TestBed Collaboration Center will host ExxonMobil's Open Process Automation TestBed.
The testbed will be used to evaluate candidate components and standards which will provide the basis for moving OPA technology into initial industrial field trials.
Yokogawa is currently working on Stage 1 and 2 of the OPA TestBed at the new centre, which will result in an operational Test Bed ready for use by ExxonMobil and their collaboration partners in Stage 3.
The centre will combine end-users, system integrators, suppliers, academia, and standards organisations to develop the specifications for open process control systems to reduce system capital cost and total cost of ownership.
"We are pleased to have the dedicated OPA TestBed centre located near our engineering campus and are looking forward to working there with Yokogawa and our collaboration partners," stated Brad Houk, OPA program manager, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. "This is another milestone in our development and understanding of open systems technology for industrial control systems."