A new process-monitoring system that utilizes PC-based Process Data Acquisition
Modules (PDAM) was shown at NPE 2009 by Syscon-PlantStar, South
Bend, Ind. The new architecture and technology offers users more fl exibility
in implementing shop-fl oor systems for process monitoring without production monitoring and job scheduling. PlantStar PDAMs can be used by molders wishing to develop their own process-monitoring systems using a SCADA software package. Ethernet-enabled PDAMs gather data from serial-interface drivers, PlantStar’s opticallyisolated A/D converter card, and/or open process control (OPC) servers. They do not require the system server that would be included in a full production and process monitoring system. The process data can then be integrated with PlantStar’s SPC2 quality evaluation and management software or other SPC/SQC packages. One customer realized a 50% cost savings with PDAMs and third-party SPC/SQC software rather than purchasing a full production and process monitoring system.
In other NPE news, Syscon-PlantStar and Priamus System Technologies of Brunswick, Ohio, formed a joint venture to combine their technologies for improved real-time process monitoring and tracking. Priamus’s cavity-pressure/temperature control system now interfaces directly with the PlantStar system for historical and realtime SPC monitoring. This improves cycle-by-cycle product traceability for medical molders and others.
(574) 232-3900 • www.plantstar.org
(877) 774-2687 • www.priamus.com
Priamus System Technologies
3061 Nationwide Parkway Brunswick, OH 44212
Phone (877) 774-2687 Fax (877) 678-5062
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