The most significant product from Honeywell in 1997 – that was how the company described its Windows NT/95, OLE, ActiveX, ODBC and Internet-enabled PlantScape at an ACHEMA, Frankfurt launch last month.
PlantScape is aimed at integrated process and discrete/machine control. Dr Wolfgang Setzer, general manager for Honeywell, said: `Until now, manufacturers faced the limitations inherent in systems patched together from PC human interface software, PLCs and SLCs. Or they were forced to deal with a small DCS loosely coupled with PLCs. Now they have a single, integrated system.’
Key innovations include a new hybrid controller, bundled configuration tools and operations software and standard highways – the new open ControlNet (from Rockwell), TCP/IP Ethernet and Foundation Fieldbus.
The controller uses a Control Processor for regulatory, fast logic, sequential and batch control, or a sub-msec Logic Processor. The latter harnesses Rockwell’s ControlLogix. There’s also integration for ERP systems like R/3.
Setzer said PlantScape supports out-of-the-box operation, with hundreds of pre-built displays. Also, the system’s object-orientated Display Builder makes custom graphics, photo bit-maps, live video etc easy to incorporate.
Control strategy building is similar, with OLE-based data exchange, a huge library (including S88 batch), IEC 1131-3 compliance and HTML self documentation.