HMIs: NASCAR pit crews, Vista users get Simatic options

Siemens Simatic WinCC v7.0 gets MS Windows Vista functionality, while Gillett Evernham Motorsports gets Simatic Panel PCs for pit crews.

07/28/2008


Chicago – Human machine interface (HMI) news of both the hardware and software variety came out of the exiderdome experience here, presented by Siemens Energy & Automation. On the software side, Siemens Simatic WinCC Version 7.0 has been adapted to Microsoft Windows Vista, while retaining compatibility with older systems. On the hardware side, Siemens announced that its Simatic Panel PCs are being used by the NASCAR pit crews of Gillett Evernham Motorsports (GEM). Also read, " Photo update: exiderdome leads off Siemens Automation Automation Summit ."

WinCC software runs onfield change color when touched by a cursor. Additionally, a “glass effect” feature allows fields to be displayed semi transparently. New alarm and trend display features enable screen designers to create individual buttons and run the export function from every control. Additionalfeatures include double the number of power tags on standard packages, and an integrated Microsoft SQL Server archive database.

For users reluctant to switch to Vista, WinCC Version 7.0 extends the above features to users of Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Ensuring better pit crew performance

Siemens’ 19.1-in. Simatic Panel PC touchscreen color displays are mounted on each GEM teams’ pit cart, located just outside the wall of the pit box. Enclosed in a durable, vibration-proof metal housing, the touchscreen panel PCs use database software that lets pit crews record, reply and evaluate pit stop performance.

GEM can now time crew member activities to 1000thof a second, and video editing time has been reduced from a day (when VHS video or DVD technology was used) to a few

Control Engineering has covered intersections of NASCAR with automation .
Also read user comments and Product Research on operator interface terminals .

Renee Robbins , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





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.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
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.
Intelligent, efficient PLC programming: Cost-saving programming languages are available now; Automation system upgrades; Help from the cloud; Improving flow control; System integration tips
Smarter machines require smarter systems; Fixing PID, part 3; Process safety; Hardware and software integration; Legalities: Integrated lean project delivery
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.
This article collection contains several articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

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

Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again