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The GE Fanuc Quickpanel remote telemetry unit enables water/wastewater companies to monitor, diagnose and maintain water assets and processes through flexible communication architectures.

The company said the solution lowers maintenance costs by approximately USD50,000 (GBP33,700) per year and reduces 10-year asset life-cycle cost by nearly USD1m over competitive products.

The Quickpanel remote telemetry unit (RTU) is an integrated visualisation and control solution that provides the tools required for remote application needs.

A combination of bright touch-screen displays and Proficy Machine Edition software, Quickpanel RTU delivers flexible, scalable performance on a rugged hardware platform.

Quickpanel RTU can integrate with existing PLC hardware locally and other RTUs throughout the system, delivering connectivity across operations.

Its open communications makes it ideal for mixed system architectures, as a Quickpanel RTU can connect directly to existing PLCs to upgrade legacy PLCs and RTUs to Ethernet communications with store-and-forward capabilities.

A visual interface for local operators allows site equipment to be operated manually, mitigating the operational impact of remote communication disruptions.

The integrated controller keeps automatic equipment running through an outage.

Once communications are restored, store-and-forward capabilities and local time stamping of alarms ensure nothing is missed.

Quickpanel RTU can range from simple, low I/O count applications through to complex automation solutions that require the support of large numbers of I/Os.

It provides an information-rich, graphical interface and has a small footprint, centralised time synchronisation, local alarm time stamping, full IEC 61131-3 language support, and remote diagnostics and maintenance via a web hosting client.

Built on a Microsoft Windows CE operating system, Quickpanel RTU offers enhanced data buffering and built-in web publishing capabilities to effectively link remote assets to business systems.

It includes a range of display sizes from 6in to 15in; a choice of monochrome or colour-TFT display; expandable memory and communications options; and easy configuration to run the same program on different-size models.

Addressing the need to integrate existing and future applications from different vendors and multiple architectures, Quickpanel RTU enables connection to a variety of automation devices.

With a large number of built-in drivers, it can be networked back to a centralised Scada system using phone line, radio, satellite and cellular topology.

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