VAC AERO’s latest advancement in vacuum furnace controls is a hybrid system based on the Honeywell HC900 controller for mechanical and thermal functions integrated with Honeywell Plantscape Vista for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Operator interface is provided through a large, colour touchscreen. Using this system, process information is accessible by operators at the furnace and by process engineers via the network. This provides comprehensive control and monitoring capabilities for higher productivity, reduced costs and increased quality.
The new system has several features intended to improve security and reduce dependence on human operators. For example, it can be configured to send an e-mail message or call a pager in the event of an alarm condition. It has customizable operator sign on and sign off functions with multiple levels of access security. It also has extensive reporting capabilities and can generate reports in flexible formats including mathematical and statistical functions.