introduces industry’s first touch-screen LCD monitors for
process control applications
Posted: 14 April 2004
New option for I/A Series automation system combines the performance
of advanced flat-screen LCD technology with the intuitiveness of
touch screen operator interaction
Foxboro Automation Systems, a unit of Invensys, has further enhanced
the advanced HMI (human machine interface) capabilities of the company’s
flagship I/A Series automation system with new flat-screen LCD (liquid
crystal display) monitor options. This includes a new touch screen
option for Foxboro’s high-performance 20-inch LCD monitor
that combines the benefits of LCD technology with the superior intuitiveness
of touch screen operator interaction.
“The latest LCD display technology offers many clear and
compelling advantages over conventional CRT display technology for
process control applications,” said Steve Young, vice president
of Foxboro Automation Systems at Invensys. “LCD displays have
been shown to improve visual work performance, eliminate distortion
and flicker, and reduce glare and associated eyestrain to help increase
operator productivity and well-being. Compared to conventional CRT
technology, LCD displays also take up a much smaller footprint in
control rooms and use as much as 60% less power. What’s more,
unlike CRTs, LCD monitors do not emit electromagnetic interference,
a feature that is particularly important in many industrial applications.
“For these reasons and more, Foxboro is moving toward an
‘all-LCD’ monitor offering for the I/A Series system.
This includes, what to the best of our knowledge, is the process
control industry’s only touch screen option for LCD monitors.“
In addition to being utilized in all new I/A Series systems moving
forward, cost-effective upgrade options are available to allow most
current I/A Series system users to upgrade their outdated or aging
CRT monitors to the latest LCD monitor technology.
‘Foxboro is committed to leveraging appropriate COTS (commercial
off the shelf technology) – such as LCD monitors -- to the
greatest possible extent to reduce costs for our customers and help
improve the performance of their plants,” said Young. “Our
recently introduced, self-healing Mesh control network for the I/A
Series system is another example. This incorporates commercial switches
and fiber optic components in robust and secure industrial configurations
to dramatically boost both performance and availability.
“At Invensys, we’re convinced that the intelligent
use of appropriate commercial technologies is one of main reasons
why we’ve been able to maintain the technological leadership
of the Foxboro I/A Series system over time,” said Young.
For more information see www.foxboro.com
About the I/A Series System
Thanks to continuous innovation and a firm commitment to preserving
customers’ investment in hardware, software, training, and
intellectual property, I/A Series systems and customer applications
implemented more than a decade ago are just as viable today as when
they were first installed. With thousands of I/A Series systems
installed in plants around the world – from small, highly
regulated batch plants to the world’s largest power plants,
pulp and paper mills, refineries, and petrochemical complexes –
the I/A Series system is clearly the most proven, reliable, and
extensible continuously supported control system available.
Invensys is a global leader in production technology. The group
helps customers improve productivity, performance and profitability
using innovative services and technologies and a deep understanding
of their industries and applications.
Invensys works closely with customers to increase performance of
production assets, maximize return on investment in production and
data management technologies and remove cost from the supply chain.
The company includes APV, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, SimSci-Esscor,
Triconex, Wonderware, and other well-known brands. These businesses
address process and batch industries -- including oil and gas, chemicals,
power and utilities, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and personal
health care products, pulp and paper, metals and mining -- plus
the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors.
Invensys operates in more than 60 countries, with its headquarters
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