BME can create complete interconnected solutions on platforms from embedded microprocessors to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), to Visual Basic code to SQL database scripts, Java script and all graphics packages.
But we always look for the highest level and best value in commercially available software that requires the least configuration and integration effort to create a complete solution.
We ensure that all of the flexibility and inter-connectivity required is present so that the solution is not limited in capability or over time. Our knowledge and experience in software development helps us “look under the hood” of the off-the-shelf packages that form the foundation of a solution. There is always always a cost / benefit calculation. We can help explore any potential limitations before an investment is made.
For example, BME develops systems to control, monitor and display information from fermentors, bioreactors, mass spectrometers or other instrumentation using industry standard hardware and software like GE Proficy iFix, Emerson Delta V, Allen Bradley, Rockwell Automation, Automation Direct and Lab Windows by National Instruments, all of which are used in many industries to create robust collection/control systems.
Many instruments use standard protocols such as Modbus and, increasingly, OPC (Ole for Process Control). We have extensive experience with interfacing between systems using these protocols.
We can store information from your system on a corporate server or make the data from one or more processes available at selected desktops anywhere within the corporation.
The value of research and pilot plant data is realized when it is organized, analyzed, grouped and presented at the desktop. This can be done using well structured database and analysis tools fed directly by the information coming from the process monitoring/control system. We can develop and integrate each of these systems so that your process data is presented in a clearly and in an expected format with little or no intervention. We can also recommend software tools to browse the data ad hoc to, say, compare trends between an active process and a historical run.
BME Systems has reprogrammed entire multi-unit control systems whose hardware has become unsupported at a fraction of the cost of replacement.
When a database is required for a solution, we’ve used Microsoft SQL Server, mySQL, MS Access and many others.
A good example of the collection of equipment and instrumentation from many vendors into a integrated system for visualization, alarming and analysis is a SCADA System for Fermentation.