Wireless and web-enabled products monitor plants

From industry-hardened computers to wireless and web-enabled products, plant engineers can access more data, stay in touch with plant processes, and respond to emergencies quicker because of advancements in technology and innovative information engineering. PLANT ENGINEERING magazine continues to report on products and trends that affect the plant.


From industry-hardened computers to wireless and web-enabled products, plant engineers can access more data, stay in touch with plant processes, and respond to emergencies quicker because of advancements in technology and innovative information engineering. PLANT ENGINEERING magazine continues to report on products and trends that affect the plant.

Keyboard maintains security

The G83-6716 keyboard features an integrated smart card reader/writer that allows users to maintain high security while providing login without the need for annoying passwords. The keyboard is Windows 2000 plug-n-play compatible with a USB, PS/2, or serial interface. The full-size keyboard has an 18-in. 3 7.6-in. footprint.

Cherry Electrical Products


Circle 201

PC adapted to plant floor

The PANEL i industrialized personal computer is available with a 500-MHz Intel Pentium III processor, choice of a Windows NT or Windows 2000 operating system, 64 MB or optional 128 MB of random access memory, and optional touch screen with soft keys. External connection capabilities include IEDE, PCMCIA, PCI, and USB interfaces, along with the standard PC connections — serial, parallel, mouse, keyboard, and floppy disk.

GE Fanuc


Circle 202

Autodialer controls via wireless or web

Sensaphone SCADA 3000 is an integrated autodialer with monitoring, control, and alarm capabilities that now supports wireless operation. With a radio modem and host computer, it enables remote control use and monitoring of power failure, temperature, fire and smoke alarms, water pumps, security alarms, and other systems. Users can run a control program on a host computer, which can read and write to I/O on any online autodialer. This feature provides the capability to tie together processes that are physically separated from each other. It is also web-enabled.

Phonetics, Inc.


Circle 203

Flat panel touch screen displays in wide angles

TFT is a line of industrial, flat-panel touch screens designed for fast response and optimized viewing angles at 120-deg vertical and 140-deg horizontal. Designed for control and plant automation applications, the displays are connected to an industrial PC with a factory-supplied VGA cable. The monitors are available in sizes ranging from 6.5%%MDASSML%%21.3 in. in either panel or chassis mount configurations.

Kessler-Ellis Products


Circle 204

PDA tracks calibration data

Calibration Manager PDA enables communication between PDAs running the Palm OS and Calibration Manager software. The electronic process begins with the transfer of a calibration task list from the software to the PDA. Calibration results are entered directly into the PDA while in the field or on the plant floor. Calibration results are transferred back into the software where they are stored permanently. Equipment history records are updated and calibration due dates are calculated automatically.

Blue Mountain Quality Resources, Inc.


Circle 205

Wireless systems report in multiple modes

Messenger 560 and 570 wireless remote monitoring systems acquire, record, and deliver real-time measurement data to users via the web, phone, pager, or printer. This open system, which is compatible with most sensors, tracks and reports on conditions at multiple remote or unattended locations. It communicates in data, voice, and fax modes; and offers multimedia alarm dialout capabilities.

Gem Sensors, Inc.


Circle 206

Paperless recorder has no moving parts

Eco-Graph electronic paperless recorder features a quick set up menu and familiar chart recorder look, and allows installation and operation in tough industrial environments. There are no pens or charts to maintain or replace, and no moving parts. It captures and archives data allowing permanent records.

Endress + Hauser, Inc


Circle 207


roperwhitney.com includes information on the company's bending, beading, notching, punching, rolling, and shearing machinery and products. It also includes technical reference data for metal punching operations.

lithonia.com/IndustrialLighting features an online design guide web site that includes company products, uses, best practices, design tips, and related technical information. The online design guide walks lighting specifiers through analyzing the industrial workplace and choosing appropriate products for specific applications.

simco-static.com offers online purchasing of static control products, web and sheet cleaning equipment, and electrostatic discharging systems. The site includes a product library, analysis and solution of common static problems, e-commerce, and new product information.

pomonaelectronics.com incorporates an interactive version of the company's 92-p catalog, which contains technical information on all products. The site features a product selection database, which provides compatibility information between its products and equipment from leading manufacturers. The site also includes technical assistance, as well as a link to the European web site, offering the catalog in English, French, German, and Dutch. There is also a link for a downloadable PDF version of the catalog and a fax-on-demand program.

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