Press Releases and Editorials
The Decline of Chart Recorders in Industrial Environments
For Immediate Release
CUMMING, GA. April 1, 2005 and It is the trend of our time and technology improves and transforms our lives, but there is a part of us that holds onto the past tightly. This trend can be heard on the radio. It can be seen on the big screen, in the grocery store, even in the design of childrenís toys and automobiles (Does anyone else think Chryslerís PT Cruiser resembles the panel trucks of the 1930s, or the 1950s street rods?). Many people say that the generations of our time will be forever remembered for their dedicated contributions to innovation and change; and also for their respect and passion for all that is classic.
As a collective generation we really do strive to push forward and raise the standard, broaden the horizon and push the limits and we just donít want to do it at the cost of losing what is familiar to us. Sure, we have the technology to do something completely different, but instead we retrofit or renovate what we already have. We want to accomplish the same things, only faster, better and cheaper. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this trend. It creates a winning combination in many cases. Technology improves the process, but we are still able to hold on to a part of the past and the ideas of those who came before us, those who inspired us. For example, every company wants innovative new ways to record and process industrial data, but data has traditionally been presented in a certain way that everyone has grown comfortable with. To change how the data is presented now would not necessarily make life easier. For many of us, it would make understanding the data more difficult and more time-consuming.
Technology in automation and industrial data collection has improved dramatically in recent years. As a result, we are seeing a sudden decline in the use of traditional process-control tools. Pen-chart recorders, for example, traditionally have been used to record process data. New technology has caught up with and bypassed this means of data collection and display. These archaic pen-and-paper tools are no longer cutting-edge, so they are becoming obsolete in many industrial facilities. Oddly enough, as we get further away from using chart recorders, more managers are asking what happened to those neat, concise graphs that presented all of the data so simply and understandably.
BizWareDirectís DataNet OPC Professionalô software was developed with this specific trend of bridging the old with the new in mind. DataNet OPC Professional is a Web-based presentation and logging software solution that offers the latest in industrial data-management technology, while providing a better, faster and easier way to create the trend charts that keep upper management, customers and others outside the plant walls comfortably connected to process operations.
DataNet OPC Professional uses OPC technology to display real-time data from industrial devices on a live Web page. Data is then available in a table format for viewing and printing reports from any computer, anywhere the Internet or company intranet is accessible. Dynamic colors allow users to determine the status of plant operations at a glance, and a useful math tool will perform calculations on data before displaying it. Multiple display pages keep data tables organized and allow users to find what they need, without sifting through an enormous amount of information they do not need. This software package also sends e-mail alerts, which serve as an early warning system, notifying plant managers and personnel when data falls out of the specified ìnormalî range.
DataNet OPC Professional also logs data into a text file for archival purposes. Through the Web-based configuration facility, the user is able to specify which sets of data should be logged, and at what time intervals. These files can then be opened to produce linear trend charts, which offer a clear and convenient way to present a large amount of industrial data. DataNet OPC add-ons even allow the creation of circular trend charts, like those often used in water and wastewater treatment facilities. These graphs and log files are conveniently accessible from the Web page.
DataNet OPC Professional makes industrial information available to those who need it to make organizational decisions and from anywhere business might lead them. It provides an innovative new solution to recording and processing industrial data, without stripping personnel of the display options that they have grown accustom to seeing and using in their everyday operations.
DataNet OPC Professional is compatible with any industrial device that runs on an OPC 1.0 or OPC 2.0 compliant server. DataNet OPC Professional is offered in several packages, with enhanced data display and logging for 30, 90, 180 or an unlimited number of Web Values. Prices start at $795 for 30 Web Values, and range to $2,295 for an unlimited number of Web Values.
BizWareDirect is a software-development firm that specializes in industrial data management. BizWareDirect offers affordable, easy-to-use software solutions that increase efficiency by making data more useful and more accessible to those who need it. For more information on BizWareDirect, or its complete collection of software products, please visit www.bizwaredirect.com, or call (770) 886-5878.
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