Acromag and Ctek partner to provide remote solutions
Tuesday, 06 February, 2018
Acromag has announced a strategic partnership with California-based Ctek, Inc. to offer monitoring and control solutions for customers to manage their remote assets. Combining Acromag’s range of signal measurement and conditioning products with Ctek’s expertise in cellular communication and autonomous controllers provides a distributed control system without all the integration hassles. Users can quickly and cost-effectively deploy these systems without programming to connect endpoints to the enterprise enabling visual access to operation status from anywhere. Menu-based configuration speeds set-up of data collection, reporting and alarm functions. Typical applications involve water/wastewater systems, power generation, energy management, oil and gas, transportation, security and agriculture.
The system is said to provide the capabilities of a PLC or RTU-based SCADA system without the high costs and complexity. The integrated Acromag/Ctek system is suitable for remotely monitoring and controlling the operation of pumps, motors, tanks, meters, generators, batteries, valves, fans, heaters and other industrial equipment. Users can rapidly set up data displays, alarm rules, data logging and process control logic routines with point-and-click application development. Controllers support wired serial, Ethernet and 4G/LTE network communication plus a cloud-based application service for easy access to critical system status reporting.
“With this joint solution from Acromag and Ctek, customers can reliably monitor and control remote automation equipment without the hassles of PLC programming or IT networking issues,” stated Acromag Business Development Manager Robert Greenfield.
“Now system developers can confidently pair Acromag I/O and Ctek controllers to rapidly implement SCADA solutions with cloud-based reporting that are affordably scalable for small and large sites,” observed Ctek Business Development Manager Bob Way.
Ctek SkyRouter controllers operate as a Modbus master to read and write to slave I/O devices. Processing capabilities include thresholds, math/boolean functions, triggers and data logging. Alarms support email and SMS messaging.
Acromag BusWorks remote I/O modules interface analog and discrete level sensors. The multichannel I/O modules convert voltage and current signals representing temperature, level, flow, load, on/off, high/low and other performance measures to Modbus values.
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