LCD Touchpad for flow

Jan. 5, 2009
Improving operator productivity is sure to be a strategic imperative in process plants this year. Emerson Process Management has introduced a panel-mounted LCD Touchpad interface for its FloBoss Flow Manager family of natural gas and liquid flow computers that speed up information retrieval, configuration, tuning, and troubleshooting.
The LCD Touchpad is transreflective for high visibility even in bright sunlight and is backlit for night viewing. It is currently available for the new FloBoss 107 Flow Manager.

The LCD Touchpad is weather resistant and mounts directly to the front of the FloBoss 107’s environmental enclosure. It gives users the flexibility to view and enter configuration and operating parameters and perform diagnostics without the need for an external local operator interface, such as a laptop. Users can browse through lists or screens and enter numeric values by simply touching the screen. Access is controlled by personal identification numbers and security levels that are assigned in ROCLINK 800.

Operators can detect and troubleshoot integrity and alarm conditions when using the LCD Touchpad. This is the first product of its kind to provide device-guided diagnostics to assist operators in troubleshooting and problem solving. The first notice of a problem is a red alarm LED located on the unit’s bezel that illuminates whenever an alarm or integrity condition occurs. Simultaneously, a flashing asterisk (*) on the main screen identifies the next screen to access. The flashing asterisk continues on each successive screen until the exact integrity or alarm problem is identified.

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