Compact unit is data recorder, display, controller and communicator

Paul Boughton
Invensys Operations Management is launching the Eurotherm nanodac recorder/controller. At just 92mm high and wide, and 90mm deep, the nanodac recorder/controller combines powerful graphical recording capabilities with versatile control, communications and reporting to help customers achieve control and productivity excellence.
Eurotherm nanodac units can be utilised as standalone devices or as connected components within an Infusion Enterprise Control System. Each nanodac interfaces directly with the Wonderware Historian and System Platform software, thereby providing a combination of secure, hardware-based local data acquisition and storage, together with powerful information, analysis and reporting software. The nanodac recorder/controller provides 50 megabytes of flash memory for data storage, as well as an on-screen help system and remote viewing capability that enables plant-floor operators and supervisors to monitor and discuss the health of their process from virtually anywhere by using a smart phone. In the event of any communications failures between the nanodac controller and the system software, data continues to be stored within the nanodac recorder, and store-and-forward software ensures that all data is recovered automatically.
Bob Postlethwaite, the global marketing director for Invensys Operations Management, comments: "With diverse and robust capabilities in a small box, including large amounts of flash memory to which all the process data is continually logged, the Eurotherm nanodac recorder/controller offers multiple archive strategies that ensure critical process data can always be found and restored, driving control excellence for our customers. Additionally, with its remote viewing capability, users of the nanodac recorder/controller can instantly browse, capture and send historical data and screen shots via email using smart phones or computers, further driving down costs and improving efficiency for productivity excellence. We look forward to displaying and demonstrating the unique capabilities of the Eurotherm nanodac recorder/controller at our Opsmanage'10 events in the coming months."
Both the product and its remote viewer application support several languages, including English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Eurotherm nanodac recorder/controller devices also display numerical and bar graph runtime views, monitor channel alarms and can browse historical data, which can be stored in either a comma-separated value (CSV) file or in a secure, check-summed format to protect data integrity. Additional capabilities of the nanodac recorder/controller include:
* Meets many exacting standards for measurement, including Nadcap for aerospace compliance and 21 CFR Part 11 for pharmaceutical electronic records;
* Produces tamperproof files that can be retained in a long-term archive as the primary manufacturing record source for later recall;
* Has multiple universal inputs coupled with high-density recording and dual PID control loops, making it both affordable and cost effective.
The Eurotherm nanodac recorder/controller will be demonstrated for the first time during Opsmanage'10, a series of international events focused on supporting customers' Operations Excellence initiatives. Opsmanage'10 begins in North America from October 18 to 22; additional conferences will be held in Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France and Brazil.
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