Servers

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Off-the-Shelf Hardware, Virtualized and Redundant Architecture, Unlimited Users, and Free Expansions

The D/3 DCS utilizes highly reliable and non-proprietary hardware to host and virtualize its various Configuration, Display, Batch, and Trending Server Modules. Users can select from a variety of tried-and-true server class RAID computers that are sized to your needs, provide 99.999% availability, and can be deployed in multiple levels of redundancy. “No Hassle” licensing policies allow unlimited simultaneous users, zero cost expansions, and value oriented upgrades. Flexible configuration allows a single server to host the entire system or be virtualized across multiple servers and locations.

Server Types

Configuration

The Configuration Display Control Module (CDCM) houses the system configuration and all custom application software for the entire D/3 system. Engineers use the CDCM to create and modify process control strategies. This server typically utilizes RAID disk technology to store, protect and replicate D/3 configuration files. The D/3 system architecture is built to serve dozens of simultaneous engineering sessions, allowing for fast, efficient project delivery and exceptional configuration management. An unlimited number of users can connect via granular privileges and access rights at no additional cost. Remote clients can connect to the CDCM using a VPN to manage a remote facility, with all process critical user activities logged to a secure database.

A single server can host the CDCM, a Display Control Module (described below), and any of the following:

  • Operator Control Module (OCM) aka Workstation
  • Archive of all process and system alarms, batch reports, and system activity logs
  • Primary or secondary trend historian
  • Unlimited remote desktop sessions

Display

The Display Control Module (DCM) aggregates process data from D/3 Process Control Modules (PCMs), OrionLX Automation Platforms (connected to legacy islands of automation) and other field equipment.  It processes the data to drive High Performance HMIs on operator workstation clients, and historian and 3rd party system requests.  Each DCM can support up to 8 simultaneous operator/client connections.

Historian

The TrendR Data Historian collects up to 20,000 tags of specified trend data from multiple PCMs at five second intervals, and archives the data in single or redundant historians.

Batch

The FlexBatch Recipe and Batch server provides enhanced S88 batch management features beyond those already included with a D/3. Users configure phase logic, unit classes, equipment modules, master recipes (including recipe parameter and procedures definition) and unit recipes on this server. This server is also used to schedule, monitor and manage production KPIs, create and archive batch and production reports, and drive the FlexBatch Production Display.