Plant Engineering Software

02/15/2002


Calculating motor operation cost

Save+ Energy Savings software compares the annual operation costs different motors with different efficiencies. It estimates the annual savings for the more efficient motors in relation to the least efficient. It also calculates payback. It also compares the use of an adjustable speed drive (ASD) to different scenarios in several applications. It calculates annual cost of operation, savings potential, and payback. Users can enter project data, input parameters, generate reports, and perform calculations. Baldor Motors and Drives baldor.com Write 213 on PE card

Ladder logic editor creates HMI

GP-PRO/PB III for Windows version 5.0 is screen development software that supports the company's products. This ladder logic editor works in conjunction with GP-PRO software to create a human machine interface (HMI) with built-in control. Users can develop screens for the entire line of HMI and control products. Data handling capability is extended through information and alarm messages. Users may download screens via Ethernet, compact flash, or serial port. The software facilitates communication with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), servo drives, inverters, temperature controllers, and 2D bar code readers. Xycom Automation xycom.com Write 214 on PE card

Web site facilitates power supply selection

Power Supply Product Selector is an online software tool that allows users to enter power supply requirements, such as input voltage, output voltage, and current rating. Then the system lists the power supplies that fit the parameters entered. Results provide the part number, which links to the appropriate page on the web site. This selector can be accessed from the power supply section of the web site. Also available is the Transformer Selector Guide, which allows users to enter primary and secondary voltage, power rating, or current load to accurately specify the correct transformer. Sola/Hevi-Duty sola-hevi-duty.com/products/powersupplies/index.htm Write 215 on PE card

Welding web site promotes e-commerce

MillerWelds.com is a web site that features online buying and lists prices for all products. The newly updated site offers the company's resources to answer questions, resolve problems, and improve productivity. These resources include online access to the company's welding experts, the ability to download owner's manuals, a product selection function, and an expanded library of application and technical stories. The site also includes a dictionary, which familiarizes users with welding terminology. Miller Electric Mfg. Co. MillerWelds.com Write 216 on PE card

Software maintains audit trail

DeltaV version 5.3 software provides device audit trail information as well as automatic and ongoing documentation for FOUNDATION fieldbus devices registered in the database. The software automatically makes changes to device configuration. For each event, maintained information includes date and time of the event, user who made the change, event type, reason the event is recorded, and the application affecting the change. Emerson Process Management emersonprocess.com Write 217 on PE card





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