EDA Ltd is an automation system builder located on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, UK. A recent automation project for a brewery offered the opportunity to capitalise on their experience and training to produce a very cost effective solution for their customer. This involved the use of a pre-configured Advantech touch panel with Wonderware InTouch Compact Edition HMI supplied by HardwarePT.
InTouch Compact Edition is the version of the world leading SCADA InTouch software which is designed to run on a multitude of Windows CE devices. Wonderware has established its ‘Powered By Wonderware’ programme with leading vendors which certifiesthat a particular device will run InTouch Compact Edition. One of the leading vendors in this programme is Advantech.
EDA is the established automation systems supplier to a brewery where Wonderware InTouch is used. The new project was to extend this application to provide an additional HMI for the same system, but mounted remotely and closer to the equipment. Various solutions were considered, such as the PLC vendor’s HMI, but the more elegant solution was to be able to take the existing InTouch application, edit it to meet the functionally lower requirements of the new HMI and then install this onto an InTouch CE device.