EUROTHERM has introduced a powerful new module to its economical iTools configuration and monitoring package. Included in the newly released version 5.50, the new version features a number of major enhancements, including the ability to create custom user screens.
The new iView Builder module allows users to create PC-based user screens or mini-SCADA screens for simple process monitoring, commissioning and diagnostics.
A user-friendly toolkit enable the user to quickly and easily develop their own screens, without the need for more than the most basic overview of the program.
Any number of screens can be developed and linked together. The low cost iView program has no limit on addressable tags, and uses the OPC drag-&-drop tag address for fast and simple connection to available I/O.
The program is provided in two modules, the Builder, used to develop the screens, and the RUNNER, used by the operator in normal operation.
As an added security feature, the SCADA screens operated on the iView RUNNER program allow no modification by operators, allowing the system to be limited to monitoring and control of parameters operators are required to access, while blocking all others.
The iView Builder toolkit allows operators to directly import background images, or develop screens from the comprehensive library of engineering images provided free to iView users.
User buttons allow switching between any number of screens allowing large fully interactive systems to be quickly developed.
Other standard operator interface fields such as text boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons and drop-down menus, provide fast means of developing the screen, with linking via the simple OPC drag-&-drop tagging.
The interactive SCADA screen can be viewed in REALTIME in the iView RUNNER module, from the BUILDER Module, or once completed, it can be saved and the screen can be started in the RUNNER module.
The screens offer a powerful means of economically monitoring and controlling parameters in any number of controllers, indicators, data management systems, recorders, dataloggers, variable speed drives or other equipment, and all in realtime.
The iView program offers an economical means of entering the world of SCADA, for applications where larger SCADA packages would be cost prohibitive.
iTools has evolved continuously since its introduction in 1999. This versatile suite of software tools allows configuration and monitoring of all Eurotherm Series 2000 and Series 3000 controllers, the T630 process controller, and also provides runtime monitoring of 5000 Series data acquisition and management units.
It is capable of editing, storing and 'cloning' complete controller configurations, as well as setting up data logging, process monitoring, Ethernet and modem connections, and generating order codes.
iTools employs an OPC (OLE for Process Control) server which uses MODBUS to communicate with the controllers. The server connects to the controllers via serial communications, Ethernet or a telephone modem, and may also be used by third party 'client' software such as Wonderware and LabVIEW.
Additionally, a DDE link allows parameter values to be displayed 'live' in an Excel spreadsheet or similar applications, and historical logged data can also be imported into Excel.
iTools is a complete configuration and monitoring package for all Eurotherm controllers. It will edit, store and 'clone' complete controller configurations. iTools employs an OPC server using MODBUS to communicate with available I/O.
The server connects to the controllers via serial communications, Ethernet or a telephone modem. The OPC server may also be used by third party 'client 'software such as Wonderware and Labview.
The iTools package also includes an optional datalogging program called OPCscope. OPCscope also provides a simple DDE interface to programs such as EXCEL for realtime data transfer.