Red Lions Data Station Plus is the single-device solution for protocol conversion. The DSP bridges the communication gap between disparate serial, Ethernet and fieldbus devices—unlocking untold information from PLCs, drives, motion controllers, etc., orphaned by incompatible communications standards. Drag and drop register mapping allows a Siemens PLC to talk to an Allen Bradley drive in just seconds. With a growing list of over 300 serial, Ethernet and fieldbus drivers, the DSP allows you to choose the best-in-class automation components, without worrying over whether or not theyll communicate with one another.
Data points logged from devices, machines and processes provide a performance baseline for analysis, and can be used to trigger PLC functions, alarms or notifications when points stray from nominal parameters. These variables can be used as reliable predictors of impending machine failure, monitoring for preventative maintenance, as well as general performance monitoring of distributed processes or discrete production throughput. Reliable data can be used to identify process vulnerabilities, abnormal conditions or wear trending. Data Logging can be used for real-time monitoring of process activities, product traceability and quality control issues, TPM, downtime, OEE (overall equipment effectiveness), or be used to generate virtually unlimited data sets for statistical analysis and control decisions.
One Data Station Plus allows a user to quickly set up monitoring of a number of disparate devices in a control application, collect performance data, display it, store it for evaluation, or trigger PLC functions, either live or remotely. The Data Station Plus built-in math capability also allows probability calculations to pre-analyze hard point data to provide only relevant information. An integrated OPC server allows easy SCADA connectivity using Red Lions OPCWorx. The multiple data, alarm, event and security loggers in Crimson 3 provide data in “IT ready” CSV files that can be easily opened with applications such as Microsoft Excel. No software plug-ins are required to access your application data. And a built-in CompactFlash card slot provides unlimited data storage as well as secure and immediate retrieval of the DSPs configuration. All the requirements for quality traceability, production tracking or maintenance are now embedded into one platform. The ability to monitor your process can be set up in just minutes with the DSPs connectivity and logging tools.