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SUPPLEMENT FEATURE INDUSTRIAL PCS & HMIS


Embedded PCs support a variety of SCADA, HMI and monitoring software


IBASE’s mission of manufacturing high performance and reliable products has guided the company to being a global leader of embedded computing in automation


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ounded in 2000, IBASE Technology specialises in the design and


manufacturing of application specific embedded industrial PC products. A focus on delivering high performance,


long life and quality products using a combination of experienced engineering and industrial components has given their products a platform for success in the automation industry. IBASE’s current standard product range


comprises of industry certified x86 and ARM embedded computing products with multiple I/O options for Windows and Linux operating systems, meaning a variety of SCADA, HMI and monitoring software is supported. The main products include industrial motherboards, fanless embedded systems and resistive and capacitive touch screen industrial panel PCs, both designed and manufactured at its own production sites that are certified to meet ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 standards. The growing trend towards industrial PCs has been apparent in automation as


integrators move away from low performance systems to the capability of industrial PCs with the aim of improving efficiency, quantity output and ultimately lowering production costs using products that can perform in hostile environments. According to IHS Markit, “global industrial PC market is to grow at a CAGR of 10.26 per cent during the period 2016-2020”. With automation organisations seeking


solutions that are unique to their own processes, IBASE can very quickly customise their proven product platforms to meet customer specific requirements. With a 100 strong engineering team, IBASE use their expertise to be flexible and welcome small quantities in ODM,


OJM and custom projects. IBASE allocate a team of senior engineers to work with the customers to manage and co- ordinate the project to ensure its smooth running and success. Through working closely with the customer, a number of different changes can be facilitated, including mechanical changes on boards and systems by adding or removing components or physical changes such as adding logos or changing the exterior colour of systems and panels PC bezels can be completed swiftly in-house. IBASE is also an associate member of


the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. From modular components to market-ready systems, Intel and the 250+ global member companies of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance provide scalable, interoperable solutions that accelerate deployment of intelligent devices and end-to-end analytics. Close collaboration with Intel and other Alliance members enables all to innovate with the latest technologies, helping developers deliver first-in-market solutions.


IBASE Europe T: 01438 846090 www.ibase-europe.com


HMI SOFTWARE FOR WEB-BASED VISUALISATION W


ith its visualisation solution PASvisu, Pilz is committed to a particularly close


relationship between control and visualisation system. The more the tool is rooted in the plant or machine, the more information the system can give and receive from the user. This provides benefits from engineering through to operation and maintenance: error sources and work time are reduced as a result. With the latest version there is a new alarm


management function, plus an OPC UA interface for connection to small controllers. For users of the configurable small controllers PNOZmulti, PASvisu now also allows a direct connection. As a result, the visualisation includes the full function range of the controller software, including the diagnostic option. Thanks to the OPC UA interface, PASvisu can be connected to all common controllers on the


market. This means that all the controllers’ variables can be transferred automatically to PASvisu. There's an even simpler, higher- performance connection to Pilz controllers: following on from Pilz PLC controllers, PASvisu can now also be linked directly to the configurable small controllers PNOZmulti. More functions are available as a result: including the transfer of all inputs and outputs from the hardware components controlled via PNOZmulti. Thanks to the direct connection, the convenient diagnostic option of PASvisu is also available for safety functions. Downtimes are reduced thanks to faster diagnostics. One of the additional new functions of PASvisu


is alarm management. Alarms can be created and acknowledged; it is possible to create a list of active alarms and a log of cleared alarms and export these as a csv file. A tile for the active


alarm status is available for visualisation, along with an alarm banner. A filter function in the PASvisu runtime and online language switching for all alarms complete the range of functions.


Pilz T: 01536 460766 www.pilz.co.uk


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