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.


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 .
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Renee Robbins , senior editor
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