Partnership/Product Announcements

Fall seems to providing fertile ground for new partnerships and products designed to address the needs of the control and automation markets. Here’s a sampling of just a few.

10/09/2003


Fall seems to providing fertile ground for new partnerships and products designed to address the needs of the control and automation markets. Here’s a sampling of just a few:

  • SmartSignal Corp ., a provider of predictive monitoring technology, and InStep Software LLC, a provider of engineering software solutions, have created an automatic interface between SmartSignal’s Equipment Condition Monitoring (eCM) product and InStep Software’s eDNA data historian to deliver an integrated solution enabling serial number-specific and proactive maintenance strategies based on real-time equipment health. SmartSignal eCM provides insight into the health and performance of mission-critical equipment, giving companies advanced early warning of abnormal machine and process behavior that lead to failure. InStep Software’s eDNA data historian captures, analyzes and stores real-time data by monitoring equipment and business systems, enabling decision support.

  • InStep Software has also partnered with Matrikon Inc ., a provider of industrial technology solution suites, to connect InStep’s eDNA and Matrikon’s ProcessNet. A web-server thin client application, ProcessNet provides reporting, trending and alarming tools as well as access to real-time process and business data.

  • Data Translation has released an embedded DSP real-time measurement solution that can stream data to a host computer in real-time controlled by a high-level PC application. DT Measure Foundry/RT-Streaming provides users with access to the DT9841 Fulcrum II Series DSP data acquisition board as a new data source in order to stream real-time data and control its data acquisition capabilities. These capabilities are: high-accuracy 24-bit A/D, high-accuracy 24-bit D/A, high-speed DIO, three 32-bit counter timers, and triggers. DT Measure Foundry is Data Translation’s test and measurement application builder. By placing the DT9841 board as a DSP real-time data source in a DT Measure Foundry application, a user can configure its property pages through a step-by-step wizard and download a compiled, linked COFF file to the Texas Instruments’ (TI) floating-point TMS3206711 digital signal processor (DSP) residing on the DT9841 board. Once the DT9841 streams the data into DT Measure Foundry, users can perform any type of analysis or processing, including the ability to send the data to The MathWorks’ MATLAB or Microsoft Excel for post-processing.

—David Greenfield, Editorial Director, Control Engineering, dgreenfield@reedbusiness.com





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