Opportunities for manufacturing process improvement now come from beyond the boundaries of the machine line. Human-machine interface (HMI) packages that provide only a look inside the controller are quickly becoming inadequate. With Information Technology (IT) programmers and analysts looking for real-time information, HMI vendors are providing controls engineers with solutions.
San Diego, Calif. —Doric 5000 digital temperature indicator/data logger features built-in programmability, RS-232 serial communications, four-digit alphanumeric display, six thermocouple and two RTD types, selectable resolution, and scalable analog output. Users can configure calibration of sensor type, sampling rate, limit settings, and resolution directly from the front panel.
In order to keep pace with value-added demands of the automotive and architectural glass markets, PPG Industries uses computer modeling and experimental design techniques to engineer high performance coated glass products. Costly production trials were a means of obtaining test samples to verify quality and performance characteristics before a coated product is commercialized.
Elsag Bailey Process Automation (Wickliffe, O.) launched its new Bailey Hartman&Braun Symphony Solo compact control system, which provides a migration path from compact control applications to enterprise management. Symphony Solo combines Elsag Bailey’s Freelance 2000 control system architecture with the Maestro/Conductor NT Human Interface System of the Symphony Enterprise Management and Control System. For more information, visit www.controleng.com/info . As part of its Uniformance software suite, Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control (Phoenix, Ariz.) introduced its Batch Information Manager, which is integrated with its Total Plant Batch solution.The company also debuted OpenField, its FOUNDATION Fieldbus solution that is integrated with Total Plant.
Incorporating essential technologies, such as ActiveX and COM/DCOM, Ci Technologies recently introduced Citect for Windows Version 5.20, the latest incarnation of its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software. Showed at the recent ISA Expo/98 in Houston, Citect 5.
Tucson, Ariz. —Industrially hardened in a NEMA 12 enclosure, the EDAS-1027E offers 16 channels of remote digital I/O, programmable as inputs or outputs in two 8-bit ports. All digital inputs can be configured for state detection, latching, or general-purpose counting up to 100 Hz. Eight of the digital output channels can be individually configured for predetermined output states at power...
Philadelphia, Pa.— Winwedge has added serial data acquisition and instrument control to Excel, Access, VB, math and statistical software, Microsoft Windows, Windows 95, or NT applications. Automatically collects data from gages, scales, sensors, flowmeters, densitometers, bar-code scanners, PLCs, data loggers, modems, measuring devices, and laboratory instruments, or serial device.
The biggest applications—like the biggest shows—need the best rehearsals. Building the largest dredger on earth is a titanic event, but automating the vessel until it needs only a 40-person crew compounds the challenge. Using software to simulate and test crucial control systems can help such enormous projects succeed and cut costs.
San Diego, Calif. —Software addressing, optical isolation, RS-485 communications over twisted pairs, and 1.2 to 28.2 kb/sec rates are a few of the features of the remote intelligent data acquisition and control system (RDICS) I/O pods. Each RDICS pod uses ASCII string functions and is remotely programmed from applications such as Basic, C[++], or TurboPascal.
In factory automation there are many different devices, protocols, and industrial network standards. As a result, each software vendor is responsible for connectivity from automation applications to other vendors' hardware products. An additional complication is that these devices and protocols are always evolving.