- March 07, 2017
March 7, 2017 - Eaton has expanded its range of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two products – a Thin Client (TC) and Personal Computer (PC) version. The company can now offer a range of workstations based on a common platform design.
The TC and PC versions complement the existing MTL GECMA Remote Terminal (RT) which has a modular design. These next generation HMIs feature technology to offer safety, and are approved to global hazardous certification for Zone 1 environments. As a result they offer safe handling on site and offer reliability in hazardous EX zone areas in chemical, pharmaceutical, refinery plus the oil and gas industries worldwide.
The TC version is designed for virtualization applications, for example for batch control. The workstation works with a client server in the safe room across a LAN. This saves space in the cabinet as users don’t need a dedicated PC and the user can control up to 255 HMIs from a single server.
The PC version is stand-alone working across the LAN. The workstation has a ‘watch dog’ function which automatically monitors the operating system and if there is no input from the system it automatically re-starts itself.
RT is a point-to-point device, with one workstation assigned to one PC in the safe area. It features a keyboard, mouse and video and is designed for controlling tablet coating or dry granulation machines. Traditionally, the whole unit would have to be dismantled off site, but with MTL GECMA, individual parts can be replaced on site, increasing plant availability.
Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.