Winners: Human Machine Interface and Industrial PCs
Winners of 2007 Engineers' Choice awards - HMIs and industrial PCs
The Silver Series Plus is designed for OEM applications that require a superior look and intuitive operation for the graphic operator interface. Based on the Silver Series, the Plus models have advanced hardware to support graphics intensive projects that can connect to multiple PLCs from various manufacturers. It also stores and retrieves accumulated data on USB flash drive, CompactFlash card or internal OIT memory. Use of the latest in thin film transistor (TFT) technology sets a new standard in this price range, which starts at $669 for the 5.6-in. model and goes to $1,869 for the 12.1-in. model. Also available are 8.0-in. and 10.4-in. sizes. With up to 800 x 600 pixels for high resolution graphics, the displays have superior brightness, a wide viewing angle and high contrast, as well as support for 65,536 colors. The configuration software also comes complete with graphics libraries.
HMI software: Wonderware InTouch 10.0
Wonderware InTouch HMI software is used in over one-third of the world’s plants, in virtually every country and industry. InTouch is an open and extensible HMI with cutting-edge graphical capabilities providing incredible power and flexibility for application design while delivering connectivity to the broadest range of automation devices in the industry. Version 10.0 dramatically extends InTouch software with a host of new features and capabilities designed to improve performance and productivity, including: resolution-independent ArchestrA graphic capabilities, self-contained ArchestrA graphical symbols with integrated Microsoft .NET-compatible scripting, and a complete library of pre-built, intelligent graphical symbols and faceplates. Version 10.0 delivers operational features that provide clear, clutter free, accurate and compelling visualization, while greatly expanding the amount of information available. Furthermore, the Wonderware Development Studio provides one consistent environment for centralized management and remote deployment of HMI applications everywhere.
Stealth Computer Corp.
The Stealth LPC-450 Little PC utilizes Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo processor technology delivering the ultimate in mini pc performance. Housed in a rugged aluminum enclosure, the LPC-450 measures 5.7 in. (W) x 9.9 in. (D) x 1.65 in. (H) or about the size of a hard cover novel yet surpasses the performance of most desktop and notebook PCs available today. The small form factor of the LPC-450’s design allows for easy deployment into applications where previous computers would not fit, such as direct to machines, control panels, operator stations and more. All without the added expense of extra cabinets and locating at a distance. The LPC-450 mini PC features several I/O connectivity options including: Gigabit LAN, Serial, 3-USB 2.0, FireWire, video, audio, PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. Built with industry standard technologies, the LPC-450 is compatible with most available hardware and software.
Interact Xpress is a revolutionary pushbutton replacement HMI that brings unprecedented graphics, performance and remote client support to entry level HMI applications. Xpress leverages Adobe Flash technology to provide new levels of performance.
ClearSCADA is a true object-based SCADA and integrated solution specifically designed for utility markets, such as water, oil & gas, and power.
The CP72xx is an arm-mountable Panel PC with a powerful processor for control and TFT display in one compact, user-friendly device.
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.