Multi-zone: PID, data acquisition supports ramp/soak control

Modular controller provides multi-zone PID control, data acquisition and I/O modules for PC, DCS or PLC control systems, and integrates data logging and advanced alarm management.


York, PA Red Lion Controls Inc. announced that its Modular Controller Series PID modules now support ramp/soak control. The company says the modules provide multi-zone PID control, data acquisition and I/O for PC, DCS or PLC control systems, while integrating data logging and advanced alarm management. With the latest update to the company’s Crimson 2.0 programming software, users can integrate multi-segment temperature profiling for complex processes in the autoclave, heat-treating, food and chemical industries.
Ramp/soak functionality consists of a profile, or succession of setpoint ramp and soak periods. The company says the profile can support up to 30 segments, with each segment defined by a setpoint and a time, allowing users to set a temperature range and period of time in which the range will be maintained. The dedicated single and dual PID modules each manage ramp/soak control individually, maintaining independence for each loop and allowing hot-swappable replacement for reduced downtime. Plus, advanced modes are available for critical control requirements, such as guaranteed soak times and ramp rates.
The controller is said to feature a built-in protocol conversion facility and multiple-protocol Ethernet port that allows even the most complex PID, data-acquisition or I/O systems to be configured “in just minutes.”
C.G. Masi , senior editor
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