WHEN an alarm occurs it is not enough to know there is an alarm condition. A quick decision is needed, followed by rapid action to ensure a small hitch in the plant will not become a major fault.
UCME-OPC/DDE for Citect, represented in Australia by Conlab Pty Ltd , is an alarm notification software that imports Citect alarms definitions, in one go, into UCME software.
UCME runs on Windows XP platform and communicates with any OPC server, DDE server or with industrial automation software (SCADA), such as Citect, through OPC or DDE Bi-Directional links.
UCME uses phone, SMS, FAX and email as the notification medium. It also establishes bidirectional communication between users (for example, technicians, maintenance engineers and managers) and their applications.
Users can receive alarm notifications and interact with their applications via phone and SMS. Users can change set-points, acknowledge alarms, listen to real-time values, execute programs and reboot the PC, if and when required.
UCME will notify remote users of alarm conditions according to predefined prioritised user lists or weekly shifts definition.
UCME-OPC/DDE administrators may define special days and holidays in which notification activities may be different from standard week days.
At the moment of the alarm, UCME also takes a ‘snapshot’ of all relevant tags and sends this data to the user’s mobile phone offering a complete picture of the system. A user can then easily zoom in on the problem. A click on a predefined link on a web-enabled mobile phone screen will enable web browsing via the Internet or GPRS wireless link straight to active UCME alarm pages stored on a server.
UCME alarms conditions and ‘alarms snapshots’ are stored in an accessible SQL database.