SL-GMS Provides Flexibility and Control
One of the reasons that ABB has been so successful in such a diverse variety of businesses is the integration of SL-GMS software in the Advant Station 500 Series for the ABB MOD 300 and ABB-Master System. SL-GMS software to provide the basic graphics engine and real time dynamic display support.
ABB adds customized user information and additional libraries of symbols which make AdvaCommand a unique ABB product. The SL-GMS dynamic graphic develop ment tool is so flexible that ABB is able to provide each application with an interface that utilizes the symbols and displays unique to the customer’s industry.
Advant Technology provides a fully expandable and upgradeable automation platform. The system consists of several elements. Bar code readers, weight scales, temperature and pressure sensors, recorders and other devices required by the application, are linked to controllers. The controllers in turn are connected to operator control units via a distributed communications network (DCN), a high-speed token passing ring modeled after the IEEE 802.5 standard. The system includes four software packages: AdvaCommand, Advainform, AdvaBuild and Batch 300.
The Advant Technology appmach U8es open systems standards such as UNIX, X Windows, TCP/IP, OSF Motif and SQL database access. SL-GMS software provides monitor and control functions distributed both function ally and geographically on a one-to-one real-time basis.
For example, one node in a network might be an Advant Station 500, a RISC. based workstation running AdvaCommand software in conjunction with SL-GMS. An operator at this station may watch a display modeling one stage in a chemical processing plant. When the appropriate symbol begins flashing, the operator uses a simple point-and-click mouse function to begin the next stage of processing – all in real-time.
Simultaneously, on another networked workstation, an engineer utilizing Advainform software and SL-GMS can review graphical displays of production statistics in order to optimize operations and the displays will constantly update themselves as adjustments are made.