Now OEMs and users can remotely monitor and control factory automation displays from anywhere in the world with a phone or tablet and an internet connection. Parker has released the Remote Manager mobile app that controls one or more Parker Factory Displays (PFD) or Interact Xpress™ HMI (and as a result of their machines). It’s a powerful “Information Anywhere” capability that allows users to perform a wide variety of tasks remotely and in real time:
- log in to any network-connected machine using its IP address, username, and password to monitor and control the machine
- monitor plant metrics
- configure alarm notifications via text message or email
- run diagnostics on machines not functioning properly
- customize functionality with seven different security levels to suit plant and IT environments
- update machine software
Enabling this functionality is a simple matter of connecting Remote Manager to a PFD, which functions as a data aggregator pulling data from a variety of sources including Parker and third-party controllers and databases. The information is published to databases (e.g. MySQL) and then pushed out to the Remote Manager app through code (e.g. PHP) in a web browser.
“We’ve come to rely on Remote Manager. In our food processing and canning plant, there’s always water everywhere, so electronics are always at risk. The app gives us the ability to run and monitor our entire department wirelessly on iPad and Google Nexus tablets, away from water. And it’s so easy to use! The controls are fantastic and easy to learn. Set-up only required an IP address, and we were up and running. I can’t say enough good things about this app, and we’re hoping to tie in Parker Factory Displays soon to make the system even better.” via Christian Nondorf, Electrician / PLC Programmer, Del Monte Foods, using Remote Manager
The Remote Manager app is available for:
Factory display visualization systems
The Parker Factory Display (PFD) visualization system. PFD offers unprecedented flexibility and impact for delivering critical messages to associates on the factory floor. Whether presenting Andon display-type information, lean metrics, production status, OEE data, safety policies or employee announcements, PFD is much more than a "scoreboard" that simply displays text -- it provides workers with real-time, situational awareness for faster response to downs and non-conforming conditions.
The PFD comes packed with a new controller-only option, factory display options up to 55" for primary and secondary units and updated PFD software, which is 32/ 64-bit compatible. The new controller also includes two Ethernet ports, which allows the separation of the Office network from the plant network. With the addition of the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) driver to the controller image, you can now connect to virtually any database!
With its high-definition resolution, flat-panel displays and built-in networking, PFD offers unparalleled visual impact for empowering associates. Its intuitive graphics enhance the message, while its distributed architecture easily integrates into existing manufacturing and IS infrastructure. Whether remotely publishing displays from anywhere via the Web or visualizing non-conforming parts on a production line, the Parker Factory Display does so much more than other production board displays and Andon display-type systems and at a lower cost.
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Article contributed by Jerry Sorrells, Product Manager - Electromechanical Division, Controls and HMIs, Parker Hannifin, Automation Group
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