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Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of version R9.03 of the FAST/TOOLS web-based SCADA system. Adopted by many innovative industrial automation users worldwide, this platform-independent process management software sets the standard for Operational Excellence. Combining the latest web technology with exceptional quality has resulted in the most advanced SCADA solution yet – one that is designed to meet the latest engineering and maintenance requirements. Thirty years of project experience and innovation in the oil & gas, petrochemical, and power industries are the foundation for this next generation SCADA software.

This greatly enhanced version of the FAST/TOOLS web-based SCADA system enables a new and innovative approach to remote engineering and maintenance, deploying process applications and monitoring via web-based services. Its use of the latest technologies and web-based architecture provides management and maintenance personnel easy and secure access to their assets FAST/TOOLS has high-level system integration capabilities, facilitating ever more intuitive and advanced system deployment and significantly reducing costs.

Main Features

Web-based maintenance, engineering, and application deployment
Remote asset management drives down operating costs and optimizes the sharing and exchange of information. The latest web technologies are incorporated in the Java-based FAST/TOOLS engineering and maintenance environment to enable access and execution within standard web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. This facilitates access by the various start-up and design teams to the application and system software configuration, in a zero deployment and transparent manner. The integrity and confidentiality of process information is preserved. Java was chosen as it can be used with standard web browsers; it is architecturally neutral and provides good support for superb graphics.
Numerous benefits are derived from this concept including global access and sharing of data via collaboration centers and other venues, allowing continuous application development and management to take place. Furthermore, a reduction in the number of required paper documents and the higher level of management efficiency made possible by the continuous availability of process information are expected to lead to a reduction in cycle time.
Secure deployment
A commitment to security policies that are in accordance with corporate IT directives is the foundation for our development activities that are targeted at achieving a secure deployment. To enhance security, this system and its applications are hardened to prevent failures and protect against unauthorized access and use. At the same time, thanks to a simple licensing policy, it is now easier than ever to reduce costs through web-based engineering and virtualization. A web-based server and client architecture ensures easy remote access and facilitates the deployment of security enhancements as well as graphics and application services.
Advanced engineering methods
The new engineering and visualization editor with an advanced sheet- and form-based environment allows for a conveniently arranged framework that tremendously reduces the amount of work required for engineering and visualization. The new and easy to work with environment combines the power of today’s most sophisticated graphical applications in one easy to manage package. Dynamic layers and visibility groups enable multilevel processes and KPI monitoring and supervision within a single operations architecture.
Multi-language support
The new operator environment is language independent and can be triggered by login procedures and the like. This allows for a mix of local and remote operators, as appropriate, and is not limited by language barriers.
Integration capabilities
A comprehensive new plug-in structure that goes beyond “traditional driver configuration” allows for excellent integration of new and existing infrastructure, guaranteeing seamless vertical and horizontal integration. Capabilities such as soft-marshalling and the integration of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus device messages and information are setting the standard for Operational Excellence. This is both applicable for the Yokogawa product family as well as an extensive list of third-party hardware and software products. These include the Exaquantum Plant Information Management System, the STARDOM Network-based Control System, the DAQMASTER Data Acquisition Unit, the FA-M3 PLC, and the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System.
Windows 7 and platform independence
A variety of software platforms are supported to protect application investments and give users a full choice of hardware and software platforms. The client/host architecture operates securely on the Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003/2008 Server, UNIX, and Linux Redhat platforms.
Teruyoshi Minaki, a Yokogawa Director and Executive Vice President who heads the Industrial Automation Business Headquarters, comments as follows: “The FAST/TOOLS R9.03 web-based visualization, engineering, and remote maintenance environment brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence. It’s enabling an evolution to a much more intuitive and advanced approach in remote process management and maintenance, and is easy to deploy across the web.”

Main Target Markets and Applications

Process monitoring and asset management in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, waste, and water and wastewater treatment

Yokogawa’s Commitment to This Field

Since 1978, Yokogawa has sold more than 10,000 FAST/TOOLS packages worldwide for use in all types of SCADA and process management projects. Yokogawa continually endeavors to meet its customers’ needs by providing highly reliable enhancements to this product based on leading edge technology.

For more information about FAST/TOOLS, please visit

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa’s global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 80 companies spans 54 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$3 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,200 patents and registrations, including the world’s first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit our web site at www.yokogawa.com

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Rockwell Automation Viewed From the Milwaukee ...Image by purpleslog via Flickr

Bekerja dengan harapan bisa mengubah sesuatu menjadi lebih baik dari sebelumnya, itulah yang diharapkan semua orang. Tapi bagaimana bekerja di bidang Automation? Khususnya di Rockwell Automation…. Ingin mengetahui lebih banyak tentang hal ini, silahkan cek di Video di bawah ini.

Disamping ini merupakan gedung punyanya Rockwell Automation dilihat dari sungai Milwaukee.

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A demonstration of Integrated Architecture Builder software from Rockwell Automation being used to generate a bill of material for converting a PLC-5 system to a ControlLogix system.

Below is small tutorial about Migration Rockwell PLC5 to ControlLogix.

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Automation (ancient Greek: = self dictated), roboticization[1] or industrial automation or numerical control is the use of control systems such as computers to control industrial machinery and processes, reducing the need for human intervention.[2] In the scope of industrialization, automation is a step beyond mechanization. Whereas mechanization provided human operators with machinery to assist them with the physical requirements of work, automation greatly reduces the need for human sensory and mental requirements as well. Processes and systems can also be automated.

Automation plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and in daily experience. Engineers strive to combine automated devices with mathematical and organizational tools to create complex systems for a rapidly expanding range of applications and human activities.

Many roles for humans in industrial processes presently lie beyond the scope of automation. Human-level pattern recognition, language recognition, and language production ability are well beyond the capabilities of modern mechanical and computer systems. Tasks requiring subjective assessment or synthesis of complex sensory data, such as scents and sounds, as well as high-level tasks such as strategic planning, currently require human expertise. In many cases, the use of humans is more cost-effective than mechanical approaches even where automation of industrial tasks is possible.

Specialised hardened computers, referred to as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), are frequently used to synchronize the flow of inputs from (physical) sensors and events with the flow of outputs to actuators and events. This leads to precisely controlled actions that permit a tight control of almost any industrial process.

Human-machine interfaces (HMI) or computer human interfaces (CHI), formerly known as man-machine interfaces, are usually employed to communicate with PLCs and other computers, such as entering and monitoring temperatures or pressures for further automated control or emergency response. Service personnel who monitor and control these interfaces are often referred to as stationary engineers.

Automation tools
Different types of automation tools exists:

* ANN – Artificial neural network
* DCS – Distributed Control System
* HMI – Human Machine Interface
* SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
* PLC – Programmable Logic Controller

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Understanding the basic features of the SLC500™ (Small Logic Controller) in your facility will maximize your productivity. The SLC500 includes fault detection with built-in diagnostics. Understanding these features is critical to running an efficient operation.


A lithium battery retains the SLC500 memory. The battery is located in the Central Processing Unit (CPU) next to the power supply of the SLC500 rack. Replace the battery on an annual basis or if the low battery signal activates. The Besser part number for the battery is 113773F00BA.


A fuse protects the SLC500 power supply and, if burned out, will cause the indicator light to turn off. The fuse will open due to an incoming power problem or a short condition within the power supply. Insure the replacement fuse is equivalent to the one being replaced. The fuse is a 3 amp time-delay – Besser part number 111847.

Memory Loss

A power surge or a low battery may result in memory loss. The CPU fault light will illuminate to indicate a problem. To restore the memory, turn the panel power OFF. Insert the Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (EEPROM) into the socket of the CPU and restore the power. The SLC500 will automatically read the EEPROM into Random Access Memory (RAM) and go into RUN mode. The CPU RUN light will illuminate to indicate a successful transfer. Turn the power OFF and remove the EEPROM from the unit. Note: In the case of Besser Lithibar equipment, the EEPROM remains in the unit. If a memory loss occurs, power cycle the SLC500 and the unit will return to run mode.

EEPROM Location

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The three KUKA KR-180 PA palletizing robots, which can load a combined total of 1,000 to 1,200 pallets a week.This corresponds to ten pallets an hour! The robot grippers can each be controlled as two additional robot axes.The resulting adjustability of the end-effectors means that all of the products in the filling lines can be handled.The jointed – arm robots palletize milk – based soft drinks, UHT and fresh milk and desserts.

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SIEMENS has released the Simatic WinAC RTX F, a fail-safe software controller for PC-based automation, allowing safety-related tasks to be performed via PC.According to Siemens, the Simatic WinAC RTX F is a Windows XP or eXP-based controller with an optimised runtime system to process extensive PC applications simultaneously.

Like the modular Simatic S7 controllers, the engineering software is Step 7, supplemented by the Distributed Safety option package for safety-related applications.Siemens claims its Simatic WinAC RTX F software controller is suited for high-performance tasks with substantial data volumes and simultaneous, demanding real-time requirements.

When it is used in dual-core processor systems, one core is used for Windows application, and the other for the Simatic WinAC RTX F controller.The Simatic WinAC RTX F fail-safe software controller can be installed on all current x86 PC hardware platforms, such as Simatic PCs.Simatic WinAC RTX F can be expanded using the safety-oriented peripherals ET 200S, ET 200M, and ET 200pro with IP67 degree of protection, or with the safety-oriented ET 200eco block I/O with IP67 degree of protection.

Buat informasi detail, silahkan check http://www.automation.siemens.com/simatic/pcbased/html_76/produkte/pc-based/based.htm

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