Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the ZR Series Enhanced Data Station Plus and Modular Controller. Designed to act as the key connection point for industrial data collection and management, the ZR Series offers protocol conversion, data logging and remote machine access – all at processing speeds six times faster than previous products.
“As more companies understand that maximizing their product output is the key to a successful operation, the demand for plant floor data continues to grow,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management, indication and interface at Red Lion Controls. “Our enhanced ZR Series provides six times the processing rate of previous products, which means that larger amounts of data can be monitored much faster than ever before.”
The ZR Series simplifies complex plant floor environments by allowing disparate devices to communicate seamlessly using a 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet port that supports up to ten protocols simultaneously. In addition, the Ethernet port and three built-in serial ports leverage more than 250 communication drivers to convert numerous protocols simultaneously and connect and collect data from virtually any PLC, drive or bar code scanner.
A built-in data logger logs tags at user-programmable rates before automatically time/date stamping each tag. The information can then be stored in an open CSV file format, allowing easy access from virtually any application. The ZR Series can also synchronize log files with any FTP and/or Microsoft SQL server for further analysis. In addition, USB host capabilities allow thumb drives for programming and log file storage as well as other USB devices to be used.
To extend production monitoring to remote personnel, the ZR Series also provides text message and email alerts. A built-in webserver enables global access to data logs and allows information to be monitored using a smartphone or Internet-connected PC.