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nCompass Touch Screen PID Control System

February 292016
nCompass Touch Screen PID Control System

What is the nCompass Control System?

nCompass is an advanced PID control system with a 4.3" or 7" color touch screen operator interface with embedded SCADA and LAN features with 1 to 10 PID loops and up to 15 Monitor Points. nCompass OEM price points for 1 & 2 PID Loop are comparable to many single and dual loop 1/4 DIN PID controls.

With an intuitive icon or drop down navigation, on-line Help and one-button selection of up to 28 languages, nCompass redefines ease of use regardless of the number of standard features enabled or the operator's native language.

  • SCADA features include Data Logging, Alarm Management, Profile capability, Security (4 user groups), Operator Audit Trail, USB file transfer and more.
    • Data log capabilities and loop accuracy meet the requirements of CFR21-Part11, AMS-2750E and JCHAO.
  • LAN (Ethernet) includes email/text on alarm, FTP file transfer, Web page (view only), Remote Access (VNC), time synchronization and more. Serial connection (Modbus RTU) is standard on both models, nCompass LC and nCompass CM.
    • Serial Modbus port is standard. Configurable for FDC's EnVision PC SCADA software (free), other 3rd party software/ hardware and specific to the nCompass LC, is configurable to emulate Watlow F4/D register base.

nCompass Models LC, MC and CM

 

Available in three models, LC, MC and CM, nCompass is sized and priced to meet the control and price needs for a wide range of temperature and process related OEM equipment (priced lower than many single & dual loop DIN controls). In addition to the SCADA and LAN functions described above, below is a portion of the features each model offers.

  • nCompass LC (Single or Dual Loop Control):
    • Display: An intuitive 4.3" color touch screen operator interface.
    • PID Loop Control: one or two high performance PID control boards each with up to 4 outputs per loop
    • Profile ramp/soak capability includes Step Holdback (Guaranteed Soak) and more.
    • Timer Mode: easy to set and view count down timer typically used to turn the heat source off at the end of a batch (steady state PID control with Timer function).
    • Video Recorder Only or 1-PID with 1-Monitor Input: Configurable as a one or two channel video recorder without PID control functions or as a one loop control system with the 2nd loop configured as a monitor input (product sensor)
    • Serial Modbus Port is standard, configurable with the standard nCompass register layout or to emulate Watlow F4/D.
  • nCompass MC (Multi-Loop Control)
    • Display: An intuitive 4.3" color touch screen operator interface.
    • PID Loop Control: up to 10 high performance PID control boards each with up to 4 outputs per loop
    • Profile ramp/soak capability allows profiles to be run individually or simultaneously for up to 10-loops or to have one Master loop driving setpoints to the remaining loops. Profile features includes Step Holdback (Guaranteed Soak) and more.
    • Serial Modbus Port is standard.
  • nCompass CM (Control Module supporting Multi-Loop and more):
    • Display: An intuitive 4.3" or 7" color touch screen operator interface.
    • PID Loop Control: up to 10 PID loops (Cascade logic blocks is supported).
    • Monitor Inputs: supports up to 15 Monitor inputs from a combination of inputs from up to two Monitor Input cards (mA / VDC / TC / RTD versions) and the 2nd input (linear input only) from FDC 300 Series loop controls.
    • Input/Output: up to 16 DI /32 DO configurable as alarms, events, sequencing logic (timers), profile step wait for logic and defrost / redundancy logic.
    • Profile ramp/soak capability including Profile selection by bar code scanner (optional), step start "wait for" logic based upon PV from Loop and/or Monitor points reaching a step setpoint, Digital Input(s) and Delta setpoint logic.
    • Video Recorder: Configurable with or without PID loop controls (Video recorder only) or combination of loop controls and Monitor Points.
    • Serial Modbus Port is standard.

nCompass is OEM Friendly

For the OEM, the easy configuration import / export via USB port provides a fast and error free manner to load the appropriate configuration file for each appliance as well as future software updates. Configurations include every setting including which features are enabled, loop/monitor point tagnames, email/SMS, alarm configuration/setpoints, Trend Views and much more.

 

The OEM can also set the configuration file to be re-loaded by the end user if "reset default configuration" is selected allowing a one step action to reset the configuration back to how it left the OEM factory.

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