IEI (ICP Electronics Inc), distributed in Australia by ICP Electronics Australia , has announced the release of the eFIAT series of low cost data acquisition terminal devices for shop floor information systems. The eFIAT data acquisition terminals are compact, cost-effective and easy-to-use and features rich communication functionality and turnkey data reading software.
The eFIAT-100 data acquisition system is able to integrate with AIDC peripherals such as barcode readers and RFID and other expansion interfaces enabling real-time information transfer over a network.
Among the many features of these data acquisition terminals are several fail-safes to ensure data collection is consistent and to protect against unexpected system failures and data-loss. For example; one of the fail-safes is auto-switching to battery power (battery pack optional) in the event of power interruption or failure, then automatically reverting back to DC once power has been restored.
As a safeguard against Network failure, the eFIAT-100 data acquisition terminal shows a warning message, but keeps collecting data which is stored in local memory. As soon as the network is recovered, the stored information is uploaded automatically to the server.
The small size of the eFIAT data acquisition terminal makes it ideal for applications that link the shop floor to ERP systems with AIDC technologies such as production lines, assembly lines or quality assurance fields where space is limited and a full-sized computer is unnecessary.