Granada Studios, home of super soap Coronation Street, is the venue for a new white knuckle ride which uses a Cegelec Alspa PLC as its main controller.
The ‘Skytrak’ Solocoaster in Manchester carries riders in a horizontal position, giving the sensation of flying through the air.
Suspended from a monorail, riders are individually released from the start platform for the 60 second, gravity fed ride at speeds of up to 28mph. The riders get an aerial view of the studios before coming to a safe, controlled stop at the disembarking station.
As the main PLC, Cegelec’s Alspa C80-35 is used to control the ride by operating the compressed air system, lifts, speed control facilities and the brake mechanisms. The control of the ride is designed to accommodate eight cars on the track, with five running at any one time.
The Alspa C80-35 range offers up to 1,024 digital I/Os and 192 analogue I/Os, with up to 40k of memory.
User-friendly, the PLC is easily programmed by those familiar with IEC-1131 standards. Data table references and many other aspects of the programming language follow these standards.
Cegelec, Tel: 01782 781000; Fax: 776329.
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