Extender kits for ABB industrial control networks
Symphony Harmony Users can Now Cost Effectively Upgrade and Extend the Reach of their Control Systems
Paralan has made extender kits available to users of legacy ABB Symphony industrial control systems that are often used for power and utility networks.
The Paralan SD100 SCSI extender kits are composed of two Paralan SD10D SCSI bus converters and three connector cables. One of the cables is used to connect the ABB IMMPI01 multifunction interface boards to the Paralan SCSI converters while one extra-long SCSI cable is used to connect between the converters. This special Paralan communication cable can provide up to 160-foot connection. The third cable is used to connect the HBA to a converter.
"We developed this solution for utilities and users of the ABB Symphony Harmony industrial control solution who either needed to modernize the computer controls and/or wanted to locate the computer controls much further away from the system," says Marc Brooks, CEO of Paralan. "By using the Paralan SD100 SCSI Extender Kit instead of replacing the interfaces and associated peripherals, end users can save tens of thousands of dollars."
Over the last several years, ABB has referred many of their legacy Symphony users to Paralan. According to Mr. Brooks, "In our discussions with ABB, they have informed us that our solutions have been tested and provide the most cost effective solution for those industrial users who need to move their interface computers farther away from the ABB control hardware."
- Edited by Gust Gianos, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.