EC: Freelance AC 900F controller

Process Control Systems: The AC 900F controller expands ABB's Freelance control system capabilities. Enhanced PROFIBUS and digital fieldbus support for remote I/O, actuators, drives, and instrumentation helps reduce project wiring and engineering costs. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

10/20/2014


ABB Freelance AC 900F controllerFreelance combines the small footprint of a PLC with the full functionality of a DCS. Its intuitive operations environment simplifies engineering, commissioning, and fieldbus management while the visualization tool and ability to run on any PC promote cost savings at every level of plant operations. The new AC 900F controller extends the Freelance hardware portfolio with many new features including the support of SD cards and an optional built in display which allows loading of applications or firmware into the controller without the need of a PC and provides local display of status and diagnostic information.

An easy to use engineering tool, together with the powerful AC 900F controller, enable both end users and integrators alike to design, engineer and deliver projects faster than ever before. In a recent project, an ABB partner was able to significantly reduce installation time and engineering cost over an older SCADA system by approximately 75% due to the increased functionality of the Freelance system. With the addition of the AC 900F controller, Freelance DCS projects can start as small as a few I/O and can expand to thousands of I/O controlling the whole plant for most batch and continuous processes in the process industries.

The Freelance process control system has long been known for its DCS functionality for the size and price of a PLC. With this new controller, even more advanced functionality has been packed into the same small package. New Ethernet based protocols (Modbus TCP and IEC 60870-5-104), redundant PROFIBUS and additional ethernet ports ensure maximum compatibility with today's digital fieldbus devices and remote I/O.

ABB, www.abb.com 



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me