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  1. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraziFuzzy View Post
    I think the biggest problem with using something like a JACE for direct equipment control, is the lack of segregation it tends to encourage. Using the above mentioned chiller plant example - The JACE's extensibility would lead someone to try to use one to control the entire chiller room (it's not just a JACE thing, our brand new chiller plant has a single Alerton VLX controlling the chiller room). The problem with this is fail recovery. If the controller goes down, what happens with the chiller enable point, what happens with the valves for the running AND the off-line chillers... what happens with the pumps.. the towers... etc. However, if instead, you had a very cheap and simple smart IO/application controller dedicated to each chiller, and IT controlled that chillers own valves and pumps, and all you had to do was load a request point into it from your sequencing controller, it would allow the global to fail, come down, reboot, etc, and not have an immediate impact on plant operations. Have some simple failover logic in the application controller that if it has not gotten an update watchdog from the global for a given time, you can then have it go to a desired failed state (either enabled or disabled, depending on the plant use/configuration).
    I think your case is also manufacturer specific on what happens during a failure. For Loytec some options:

    1. Use smart programmable I/O. Each I/O has an individual program put into each specific I/O running autonomously. Each I/O program is backed up to the L-INX with intercommunication. I/O is hot swappable and auto-downloads from the L-INX. The L-INX can be backed up (week/day/hourly) so that replacement for that is setting the same IP address as the existing controller. The complete configuration is restored from the latest backup.
    2. Use connected I/O. Still hot swappable. L-INX backed up but if the L-INX goes down the connected I/O default to failsafe.
    3. Use independent programmable I/O and Bind/Map data sharing between them. Default to failsafe.

    I like that Loytec has a backup system. I don’t need to use any software or hook up to the device with a PC to replace hardware. I would say this is less field management work. Don't need to think about which tech has what software on his PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtticusFinch View Post
    Why disparage features that enhance products?
    of course nobody is saying that the 'aforementioned' product is rubbish are they? ... in fact quite the opposite. but the 'aforementioned' product promoter is somewhat bent on promoting the comparative product as rubbish compared to the 'aforementioned' product. This of course is silly because pretty much all products (except for the aforementioned), wont provide 10ms scan times will they?

    ...indeed...why disparage a product at all...except perhaps just for the sake of it??

    at the risk of sounding like a provocative lout, I reckon one should be careful about taking a morally superior standpoint whilst breaking yr own self imposed ethic ... could make one seem disingenuous.

    any way AtticusFinch, have you read 'To Kill a Mocking Bird"? ... its all about tolerance and prejudice ... just saying you know.

    1 + 1 = 3 ( *** for very large values of 1)

    ...everybody wants a box of chocolates and long stemmed rose

    Be brave. You cannot get eaten by an imaginary tiger.

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    I guess it's widely accepted across vendors and industry open and permit policy.

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