Press Release Summary:
InteractX(TM) v3.0 provides historical trending tools that aggregate data from multiple machines or work cells as well as third-party PLCs and HMI panels. When supervising machines running Interact Xpress(TM), it minimizes development time by importing screens and data directly. This provides seamless transition to centralized supervision and monitoring of data trends from multiple sources. Recipe-management as well as object-style development tools are also included.
Original Press Release:
Parker's New InteractX 3.0 Supervisory HMI Cuts Development Time by 80%
New version of InteractX adds supervisory HMI functionality, historical trending and seamless integration with standalone HMI
Rohnert Park, CA, November 6, 2008 - Parker's Electromechanical Automation Division, a leading supplier of motion control technology, announces the release of InteractX(TM) version 3.0 of its award-winning, Windows®-based software. This latest version of InteractX is a supervisory HMI solution with full-featured historical trending tools that aggregate data from multiple machines or work cells, as well as third-party PLCs and HMI panels. When supervising machines running Interact Xpress(TM), InteractX cuts development time and cost by importing screens and data directly from Xpress applications.
Parker-CTC designed InteractX to take full advantage of the "distributed HMI" architecture used by the company's Xpress HMI software, which allows applications to be developed, edited, published and run in an HMI that acts as a web server. InteractX leverages existing Xpress screens and data so that it can be pushed directly to the supervisory level without having to recreate applications or input tags. This provides a seamless transition to supervision and monitoring of data trends from multiple sources. Complemented by a new recipe-management tool and intuitive design features, InteractX makes it easy to manage and monitor machine-level activities from a central Parker-CTC PowerStation or third-party workstation.
"By far, the largest cost associated with moving from standalone, machine-level operation to supervisory HMI has typically come from the time it takes to develop special applications for the supervisory software," says Andy Balderson, Parker-CTC Product Manager. "With InteractX and Xpress, our customers will be able to easily upgrade from standalone machine HMI to supervisory HMI without complex systems integration."
InteractX offers unlimited tags with no preset limits on pens or logs. The software also features fully rendered and scalable graphics; intuitive, object-style development tools; 60+ standard communications drivers; real-time data acquisition; complete tag editing; recipe management; integrated VBA and Active X tools; multi-language support and E-Sigs for FDA 21CFR11 compliance. According to Balderson, "InteractX provides customers with the full functionality needed to create a robust supervisory HMI application and is scalable to a whole range applications."
InteractX runs on Windows/2000/XP operating systems and is installed/licensed on Parker-CTC HPX and EPX PowerStations. These workstations run InteractX and other fully-functioning Windows applications, on their standard CompactFlash drives, potentially making a hard drive unnecessary. HPX and EPX PowerStations offer a bundled solution for users who want higher Windows functionality along with a choice of 10", 12", 15" or 17" high-resolution touchscreen displays. Unique among Windows HMI developers, Parker-CTC offers InteractX bundled into hardware/software solutions, specifically engineered for industrial applications.
About Parker Electromechanical Automation
A division of Parker Hannifin Corporation's Automation Group since 1987, Electromechanical Automation is a pioneer, developer and manufacturer of full-spectrum computer-based motion controllers, servo/step motor drives, servo motors and human-machine interfaces, positioning systems, gearheads and gear motors. These products automate the manufacturing of a significant fraction of the world's goods and services. Electromechanical Automation products are sold via independent authorized Automation Technology Centers - a group of nearly 100 professional, highly trained organizations with more than 135 points-of-presence throughout the world - or directly from Electromechanical Automation by logging on to buy.compumotor.com. An informative and up-to-date Web site with downloadable libraries, tutorials, and background information on motion control and automation is located at www.parkermotion.com.
About Parker Hannifin
With annual sales exceeding $12 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 62,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 52 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.parker.com or its investor information site at www.phstock.com.