Program less, transfer more data with this appliance

Improve security and increase data flow among devices with easy setup.

02/18/2008


Knoxville, TN – The new

Appliance Transaction Module (ATM) platform

from

Online Development Inc

. focuses on eliminating costly, and complex custom programming between dissimilar plant-floor products and business systems, eliminating software updates and data security concerns.

The platform consists of hardware modules with embedded transaction software for exchange of data between specific dissimilar products such as a factory floor controller and a database. Each features an easy-to-use interface with automatic identification of connected products, such as controller tags and database tables. Intuitive screens and drag-and-drop operation contribute to simple setup and configuration of data transactions.

ATMs provide a low-cost, low-risk alternative to traditional custom programmed PC-based software and hardware bridges used to exchange data between dissimilar plant floor devices and/or business systems such as a database. The bridges traditionally use proprietary software that requires programming expertise, lengthy development, and testing to exchange the data. PC-based bridges are susceptible to software viruses, hackers, unintended operation, and ongoing maintenance.

Data exchanges support corporate-wide initiatives , such as ERP (enterprise resource planning), CRM (customer relationship management), data warehousing, and supply chain management. They also support in-plant applications, such as downloading of batch recipes, process line configuration, transfer of SPC (statistical process control) information, dynamic warehousing, assembly order, and bill of material processing.

Online Development has several additions to the Appliance Transaction Module platform under development that will include data exchange capabilities for more types and brands of factory automation and business system products. According to Ron Monday, president and CEO, "Our experience with the xCoupler eATM module over the past 18 months has shown that these modules take a lot of pain out of exchanging data between controllers and business systems for end-users. They do just one thing and do it well, exchange and manage data between dissimilar platforms. That's why we are aggressively expanding this platform to provide users the building blocks needed to easily connect and manage various sources of data."

ARC Advisory Group

research director Craig Resnick says, "For applications such as sending and confirming build orders from a database to a factory floor controller, many manufacturers are turning to automation appliances. Similar to computer data appliances such as routers, modems and Ethernet switches that have gained wide acceptance throughout the information technology industry, automation appliances are characterized by being simple to install and configure, which speeds up startup times, and offering longer product lifecycles, which minimizes the number of required maintenance upgrades."

First of these modules , the xCoupler eATM module for exchanging Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PAC (Programmable Automation Controller) data with business systems, was introduced in 2005. It has become popular as an easy way to exchange plant data with MySQL, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft business systems. Manufacturers around the globe such as Nestle, 3M, Honda, John Deere, Caterpillar, Kraft Foods, Saint-Gobain, Nucor, and Whirlpool benefit from this module's ease-of-use and reliable operation. It has won awards and recognition from publications including Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Automation World, and Industry Week.

Latest module, RA56-cATM, introduced in September 2007, exchanges data between the latest Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PACs and installed Allen-Bradley PLCs, including SLC 500, PLC-5, MicroLogix and CompactLogix. It economically maximizes the investment in installed PLCs while migrating to the latest PAC technology by eliminating programming message instructions between two control platforms.

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...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
Detecting security breaches: Forensic invenstigations depend on knowing your networks inside and out; Wireless workers; Opening robotic control; Product exclusive: Robust encoders
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.