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Digital data recorder from ABB saves paperwork for aircraft seals manufacturer

February 11, 2015

We are delighted to announce that the installation of an SM500F digital data recorder from ABB has helped a manufacturer of seals for the aircraft industry to eliminate the need to produce vast volumes of paper charts.

Adpol in Worthing, West Sussex, makes a wide range of silicone seals and gaskets for various applications, including aerospace. As the company is accredited to ISO 9001, manufacturing processes need to be documented and fully traceable. Further requirements are imposed by the AS9100 quality management system for the aerospace industry. One of its demands is that records are kept for the lifetime of each aircraft where the seals are used, which can be as long as 30 years.

“We were generating an awful lot of paper charts that we then had to archive and keep track of,” says director Gary White at Adpol.

Now, with the SM500F digital data recorder from ABB, all the data is backed up automatically and stored off-site.

“The recording of data takes place in the background and our IT company gives monthly reports to show it has all been done,” says White.

Using the SM500F data recorder, Adpol records batch processes in the curing oven, where finished products are heated to eliminate volatile organic compounds from the material and ensure the seals achieve the correct rigidity. Different materials require different temperatures and curing times.

“Switching to digital data recording has been quite effortless. The SM500F’s intuitive menus makes it easy to use and to find your way around. In addition, ABB’s local distributor, KC Controls, has been great, with one of the system engineers popping in from time to time to make sure everything is working OK,” says White.

The SM500F recorder provides a host of functions for recording batches, including tagging of data records with batch numbers and information. Data can be entered via the front panel or automatically via MODBUS, offering integration with PLCs and control systems. When a new batch is initiated, the SM500F will automatically start recordingit, including any associated batch information. This eliminates the need for the operator to duplicate the data entry process on both the recorder and the PLC, saving time and reducing the potential for errors.

“Switching from a paper-based to a paperless data recording device was definitely a good move and will make it much easier for us to find specific records if we should ever need to find them,” says White.

The unit includes a secure chart signature feature, enabling authorised operators to securely annotate an electronic chart as if they were signing a paper chart, making it ideal for any application where traceability is critical.

With 64Mb internal memory, there is plenty of space for historical data, providing enhanced data security as well as an added back-up for the data stored on the SM500F’s removable memory card.

The onboard web server offers access to real-time data for remote monitoring. With the built
-in Ethernet communications link historical data can be remotely downloaded to a PC. It can also interface with a SCADA system using Modbus TCP protocol.

A choice of mounting options means the SM500F can be easily installed onto a panel, wall or pipe without the additional expense associated with the enclosures normally required to field mount a traditional videographic recorder. This makes it a flexible solution for any installation where local indication and recording of process conditions is needed.

For more information on the SM500F videographic recorder or any of the SM series please email
moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref.’SM500F’.

New ABB data recorder puts your process at your fingertips

March 26, 2014

We are delighted to announce the launch of ABB’s new RVG200 paperless data recorder incorporates a number of advanced features giving operators slick, easy and secure access to process data.

A key feature is the RVG200’s use of touchscreen technology. By using the device’s intuitive icon-based menus or ‘swiping’ through the screens, operators can rapidly find the data they need. This data can be viewed in a variety of formats, including individual or grouped data in chart, bar graph or digital indicator displays.

Up to 24 universal analog inputs enable direct connection of mA, mV, TC, RTD, voltage and digital signals. Coupled with a 125mS sample rate and 500V galvanic channel to channel isolation, these inputs deliver reliable, highly accurate, data from connected process instruments.

The high specification of the process inputs ensure they are AMS2750E compliant, making the RVG200 suitable for temperature recording in aerospace and automotive heat treatment processes.

Another new feature is the inclusion of front and rear USB ports. Users can connect a variety of peripheral devices, such as a USB memory drive, enabling archived process data to be transferred from the RVG200 to ABB’s DataManager Pro software for analysis.

For batch applications, attaching a USB barcode scanner provides a quick way of adding information including batch numbers to batch records and eliminates the risk of typographical errors that can occur during manual entry.

Integrating the RVG200 into a plant network is made straightforward by the inclusion of a 100Mbit Ethernet connection, giving remote operators access to a range of features and functions. The RVG200’s integrated webserver enables remote access from a PC, tablet or smartphone, providing a true anytime, anyplace overview of both the current status of the RVG200 and the process it is monitoring.

Keeping up to date with the latest process alarms or critical process events is made possible by email notifications which can be automatically sent to an operator’s PC or smartphone. Alternatively, the RVG200 can be configured to routinely email summary reports of process conditions.

Real-time process data can be communicated to and from the RVG200 using MODBUS over Ethernet or RS485, providing an excellent way to integrate the RVG200 in to a control or PLC system so that it can perform secure data recording and visualisation duties. Capable of acting in master (client) mode, the RVG200 can be used to collect data from other devices, which can be displayed on screen and archived alongside process signals directly connected to the RVG200.

As with all devices in the ScreenMaster paperless recorder range, the RVG200 features extensive security measures to protect against unauthorised tampering with process data, compliant with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements. Standard security features include the ability to configure and allocate multiple users with individual password and access rights. All recorded data is also securely stored by the RVG200’s 256Mb of internal flash memory, which can be expanded to 2Gb if required.

A further protection feature is the inclusion of a lock fitted to the media door, preventing unauthorised access to the memory card and front USB port. In addition, the RVG200’s configuration and field terminals can be sealed with a tamper-evident security seal, ideal for regulatory controlled processes.

Data integrity is protected by an internal audit trail, which logs any configuration changes made and records who made the changes and when, as well as the details of all datafiles created and many other events key to process data security, such as calibration changes.