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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Fluke Corporation

Networked Data Acquisition System Uses InduSoft Web Studio for Configuration and Operating Interface

 

Fluke DAQ comes with built in data reporting and trending displays. Fluke 2680 Series Networked Data Acquisition System can be accessed directly from a PC or over a LAN.
  • Fluke engineers concluded InduSoft Web Studio had sufficient flexibility and configurability for developing an HMI for its data acquisition instruments.
  • Because IWS software is open-standards based it will remain flexible in the future.
  • Modular design enables Fluke to respond quickly to customer requirements.

  • Use of InduSoft saved development time, which translated into both reduced costs and quicker time to market.


  • Optional InduSoft development license allows users to add custom features to their Fluke DAQ.

Fluke DAQ comes with built in data reporting and trending displays. Fluke 2680 Series Networked Data Acquisition System can be accessed directly from a PC or over a LAN.




 


Background

As one of the world’s premier suppliers of electronic measurement and calibration instrumentation, Fluke Corporation has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of precision equipment.

When the company decided to upgrade their networked data logging equipment, a decision was made to build the configuration software using InduSoft Web Studio. While Fluke had the in-house capability to build proprietary data acquisition and configuration software, use of an InduSoft-based solution provides significant benefits to both Fluke and users of the new systems.

The Fluke 2680 Series data acquisition systems combine the best of lab precision with the rugged flexibility required in rapidly changing industrial applications. Whether using the 2680A Data Acquisition System with high-speed 10/100BastT Ethernet network support or the 2686A Data Logging System, users can seamlessly expand a system any time from 20 to more than 2,000 channels by simply adding modules and chassis.

The Fluke 2680 Series data acquisition systems combine the best of lab precision with the rugged flexibility required in rapidly changing industrial applications. Whether using the 2680A Data Acquisition System with high-speed 10/100BastT Ethernet network support or the 2686A Data Logging System, users can seamlessly expand a system any time from 20 to more than 2,000 channels by simply adding modules and chassis.


Networked Data Acquisition System Built Around InduSoft Web Studio

Each Fluke 2680 Series Networked Data Acquisition System is delivered with Fluke DAQ Configuration Software, built around InduSoft Web Studio. Fluke DAQ software allows the system’s user to configure:
  • Input type
  • Alarms
  • Math functions
  • Totalizer function
  • Digital I/O lines
  • Scan speed
  • Interval
  • Trigger type 

Other Fluke DAQ functions include creation of data files, collection and charting of data in real-time or historical mode, and managing PC card files. Fluke DAQ can collect data from the system however required and distribute it elsewhere in the enterprise. Over built-in Ethernet connectivity data can be shared anywhere on a LAN or even around the world using Web servers.

Fluke DAQ also supports Fluke NetDAQ® data acquisition products (2640A and 2645A) which can be integrated with the 2680 Series system. These enable a user to integrate seamlessly an almost unlimited number of data channels into their system and are ideal for small-to-medium scale process monitoring and test systems. Building blocks of 20 channels can be expanded into integrated systems of up to 400 channels. All NetDAQs utilize Fluke's patented Universal Input Module which accepts any combination of analog input types for each of its 20 channels - without the need for external signal conditioning. Distributed NetDAQ systems plug right into existing networks to send data directly to a PC. This saves the cost of setting up a new network and allows multiple users to simultaneously view data in real time. A NetDAQ unit can also be used as a portable dedicated system connected to a notebook computer for maintenance, product validation, research, and troubleshooting applications.

InduSoft development software helps the user build custom displays complete with graphic for data display and monitoring.

 InduSoft development software helps the user build custom displays complete with graphic for data display and monitoring.

Steel

One industry where it has found broad acceptance is in steel mills where it is used for gathering the data used in predictive maintenance and production monitoring.

 

Aerospace

The aerospace industry also uses these systems for product testing and thermal testing. A key advantage that Fluke has over competitive products is its ability to acquire accurate data from inexpensive thermocouple readings; where thousands of inputs are required, the use of stable thermocouple inputs allows Fluke to decrease measurement uncertainties.

 

Battery Manufacturing

The 2680 Series system has high channel-to-channel signal isolation. During study and research or when doing production testing, manufacturers of batteries find this very useful when monitoring the status and temperature of large banks of batteries.

The size of applications varies from one or two units at a research facility up to several dozen at a large industrial plant.

 

NetDAQ Systems can be networked with PC’s in various configurations as required bythe user.

Above: NetDAQ Systems can be networked with PC’s in various configurations as required bythe user.

Below: NetDAQ® data acquisition products are ideal for small-to-medium scale process monitoring and test systems.

NetDAQ® data acquisition products are ideal for small-to-medium scale process monitoring and test systems.

Modularity & Flexibility

Multiple Reasons for theSelection of InduSoft
Fluke first became acquainted with the InduSoft offering at the 2003 ISA show, where an impressive demo showed the power of the system. However, because Fluke had previously written its own software, entering an agreement with InduSoft represented a change of direction which was only undertaken after a careful investigation.

Fluke decided that InduSoft had sufficient flexibility and configurability to be used for developing an HMI for its data acquisition instruments, that because IWS software was open-standards based it would remain flexible over time, and that its modular design would enable Fluke to respond quickly to customer requirements.

Because the InduSoft Web Studio is well structured for developers has a modular design, Fluke is now able to open up features in IWS to provide new functionality to end users.

Adoption of IWS saved development time, which translates into both reduced costs and quicker time to market.

 

Scalability

Optional Development License Supports Upgrade to a SCADA System
If the Fluke DAQ software as provided doesn’t fully meet the needs of an end user—if, for example they want to expand it and want to bring in data from other sources—they can order Fluke 2680A-DEVSW development license, which includes a fully functional version of InduSoft Web Studio. This additional license allows the end user—once they have appropriate training and skills—to go in and open up their Fluke DAQ and add the specific functionality that they require. This might be additional I/O or other data sources, revised graphics, completely new additional displays, and so forth. In essence, this means the user has the ability to build their own SCADA solution around their original Fluke DAQ software, since all the calls, communications and product structure necessary for interfacing with the Fluke hardware are already built in.

Because no customer can ever be fully satisfied with a solution out of the box, this is where Fluke sees much of the benefit from its partnership with InduSoft.




 









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