Semaphore adds ISaGRAF 5 to Kingfisher G30 SCADA System

Montreal, Canada – December 20, 2007 – ICS Triplex ISaGRAF announced that ISaGRAF is the software of choice for Semaphore’s new Kingfisher G30 compact remote terminal units.

The Kingfisher G30 fully embeds the ISaGRAF 5 control software environment to provide support both the IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 standards. The G30 compact RTU allows open programming in all 5 languages specified by the IEC 61131-3 standard and supports IEC 61499 for easy creation of distributed control applications. Function blocks for applications such as AGA flow calculations are provided in the comprehensive function block library.

About ISaGRAF 5
ISaGRAF 5 is the world’s first commercially-available IEC 61499 automation software. It offers unparalleled functionality and benefits by incorporating both the IEC 61131-3 and IEC 61499 standards. Using ISaGRAF 5, any field device manufacturer has the ability to turn their equipment into an IEC 61499 product. For example, intelligent flow meters can act as a regulator and control a valve while being part of an integrated distributed control system.

This revolutionary automation software has won several prestigious awards, including the Control Engineering Editor’s Choice Award, Mesures Magazine’s technology award for innovative products, and the Leonard Grand Prize in Innovation award at the Automation Optimation tradeshow in Paris.

About the Kingfisher G30 RTU
The Kingfisher G30 provides the communications, processing, and software capabilities of the Kingfisher PLUS+ in a compact, economical RTU, with advanced features that are normally found in much larger products. The Kingfisher G30 has the ability to handle intensive applications thanks to its 32-bit ARM9 main processor. It also features 32 MB SDRAM and 16 MB of Flash memory for high-speed data logging. Along with 10/100 BaseT Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports, an on-board module provides flexible communication options.

In addition to the main processor, the Kingfisher G30 features an ARM7 processor on an intelligent I/O module for input and output processing on a 1 ms interval with full sequence-of-events monitoring, as well as failsafe output modes, high-speed counting and pulse generation.

The G30 design enables a new level of customization by its use of configurable modules for communications, I/O and AC or DC power, also allowing for future growth.

About IEC 61499
Developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), IEC 61499 presents guidelines for the use of function blocks to control and manage distributed industrial process, measurement and control systems. The IEC 61499 standard provides a number of significant benefits to distributed applications including:
  • the regulation of the flow of control decisions for an interacting distributed control system
  • providing for the consistency of data
  • providing a means to ensure synchronous operation between devices
  • eliminating the need to have separate synchronization schemes
  • easing the development and maintenance of robust control systems
    IEC 61499 also has the ability to encapsulate automation functionality such that machine builders can create IEC 61499 function blocks for different components of the machine and only need to assemble them to achieve the desired operation. It provides the benefits of object-oriented programming in an environment accessible to automation engineers.

    About ICS Triplex ISaGRAF
    ICS Triplex ISaGRAF with offices in Canada, the U.S., and France, is the world’s leading automation software partner. The company’s flagship product ISaGRAF is fully compliant with both IEC 61499 and IEC 61131 industrial standards, as confirmed by TÜV Rheinland, and can be used to build a variety of automation products including embedded µcontrollers, PAC, PLC, DCS, RTU, CNC and motion controllers. ISaGRAF sustains a high level of standardization, integration and communication within modern automation systems, resulting in high-end, real-time open control systems with crash-proof reliability, powerful performance and flexibility. ICS Triplex ISaGRAF is a Rockwell Automation Company.