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Low-cost SCADA package from IMO

31 October 2008

IMO’s new Panel-Point is a low cost, Windows- based SCADA system that delivers full colour graphical capability, high levels of data capture and control, plus a gateway to higher level supervisory control systems. An OPC interface is provided, making data available to any third-party OPC client software, either running locally or on another machine on the network.

Panel-Point is a flexible, easy- to- use SCADA package that can run on any Microsoft Windows-based system: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Embedded Windows XP. It is designed to optimise the operation of all IMO ‘K’ and ‘G’ series of PLCs, plus the new small but highly functioned iSmart and i3 controllers, and the Jaguar range of drives, including the miniature iDrive. In addition, Panel-Point also supports devices from a wide range of third part vendors, including Allen Bradley, Siemens, Mitusbishi, Omron, Modicon, Hitachi, Control Techniques and Baldor.

Panel-Point is configured using IMO’s Configuration Manager software. The package offers full colour graphics with animation, unlimited data tags, a VB (visual basic) style scripting language, recipes, alarms and event based actions. The full colour graphics can be configured for any resolution screen including all popular screen sizes and even custom screen resolutions. Graphics objects include text, data items, lines, boxes, circles, ovals, arcs, bar graphs, bitmaps, and many more. These can have dynamic colour, movement, rotation, blink and visible properties. In addition, any screen object can have a touch property, which can trigger a range of actions.

There is no limit on the number of tags with Panel-Point, other than system memory; and the fully-functioned package offers multiple ports and devices, with a wide range of protocols, both serial and network.

The scope of the package is also extended by the inclusion of features such as Recipes and Trending, and Alarm and Event logs with configurable log viewers. Moreover, historical data logging can be added using IMO's Loki Data Logger software to complete the SCADA software suite. Included at no extra cost, Loki is an OPC Client application that logs collected data to Excel, Access or any database supported by ODBC.

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