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Review
Hardware

Tools for developing human-machine interface for hazardous areas Part 2

Part 2 of this review is devoted to iPC-EX operator terminals and IBM PC-compatible VISUEX panel computers. Compared with TERMEX operator terminals described in part 1, these devices produced by Pepperl+Fuchs EXTEC GmbH are intended for solving more complicated problems.


System Integration
Metallurgy

Information and control systems in metallurgy

Local automation systems with extended functionality and their integration into the unified production control system are demonstrated with the advances of the DONIX Co. in the field of control systems for main electric drives of reversing rolling mills.


Control system for electrode material baking process

The design and functionality of a system controlling the electrode baking process in the Novocherkassk Electrode Plant are described. The introduction of this system has made it possible to raise the quality of electrodes and cut the fuel consumption.


Automated control system for vertical dries of ladles

The basic stage in preparation of ladles for steel casting is lining drying, which must strictly follow a given temperature chart and consume energy resources as little as possible. In this article, we describe the operating conditions of a ladle vertical dryer and its components with emphasis on the control system. Its potential and operating efficiency that is based on field-test data are reported.


Flight data recorder

The article touches upon the issue of designing a flight data recorder intended for unmanned aircrafts.


Development
Monitoring and Measuring Systems

Control and test instrumentation for an optoelectronic telescope complex

The layout diagram and constituents of instrumentation designed for controlling an optoelectronic telescope complex in the course of adjustment and testing are considered. The design approach is described, which has made it possible to cut the development time, time of manufacture, and the time of hardware/software debugging.


Construction Materials Industry

Process control system for concrete-mixing plant

A process control system for the concrete-mixing plant at the Odintsovo Trading House is described. This system has made it possible to considerably reduce the dosage inaccuracy, control the material consumption, and improve the quality of shipments.


Automated system for controlling the cement level and weight in silos of cement works

The article describes an automated system for control of the cement level and weight that has been advantageously put into operation in cement works. This system allows maintenance staff to take stock of the finished product, optimize the silo load, display archival and current data on the LAN monitors, and transfer data to the automated control system of the works.


Automated system for pottery ware baking

The design and functionality of the automated pottery ware baking system introduced into workshop no. 4 of the Golitsyno Pottery are reported. The goals of automation, as well as the selection of hardware/software and network topology, are described.


Power Engineering

Generator temperature measuring system

A multichannel system from the NIPS Co. measures the temperature at points of reference along the turbogenerator of a 100- to 300-MW power-generating unit.


Hardware
Sensors

DPHarp — advanced technologies in pressure, flow-rate, and level measurement

Some time ago, Yokogawa Corp. (Japan) made a breakthrough in the pressure sensor technology with its DPHarp approach to pressure measurement. Recently, Yokogawa has announced pressure sensors of the EJX series, which signifies a great stride forward in industrial automation facilities.


Grounding in industrial automation systems Part 2

The second (last) part of the article describing grounding approaches used to provide stable operation of industrial automated systems and protect personnel against electrical shock.


Universal system software for Fastwel AI Modules

Analog I/O modules have found wide application in industrial automated systems, specifically, in data acquisition/processing systems. In this article, an advanced approach to programming AI16-5A and AIC123 Fastwel analog I/O modules is considered. Particular attention is given to the software that is delivered free of charge together with the modules.


PTA North-West 2006: new goals and new achievements


Spring at Hanover Fair


PROSOFT Solution Day — a variety of solutions for industrial automation


QNX-Russia-2006 conference