Thursday, April 9, 2015

Modules added to HMI platform.

An HSPA+ (GMHSPA) cellular module has been announced by Red Lion Controls for its Graphite™ Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform. The new module uses an HSPA+ cellular network to provide reliable high-speed data communication to remotely-located assets across oil and gas, water and wastewater, power, utility and alternative energy applications.
Programmed using Red Lion’s award-winning Crimson® software, the GMHSPA+ module easily plugs into Graphite HMIs to provide a space-saving solution that simplifies installation. The combined solution supports over 300 different industrial protocols, enabling users to monitor and control a large variety of disparate equipment and processes, such as temperatures, pressures, flows and levels.

“Combining an HSPA+ cellular module with Graphite HMIs provides customers with a powerful solution to cost-effectively monitor and control remote equipment,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Using high-speed cellular networks eliminates expensive site visits. This allows users to receive critical device and performance data in real time, thereby saving time and money while staying informed.”

Launched in 2013, Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs offer a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime. In addition, protocol conversion lets programmers select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 300 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers and panel meters.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

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