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Web Enabled Controllers from Control Technology Corporation

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Based in Hopkinton, MA, CTC is one of the original manufacturers of programmable automation controllers. While most PLC manufacturers adopted Ladder Logic as their method of programming, the concept of ladder programming didn’t make complete sense to the company founder as the story goes… Since the beginnings, CTC adopted state based programming as their standard. The newest family of Blue Fusion controllers all have onboard Ethernet and multiple serial ports.

Quickstep is a text-based programming language used in legacy and the current families of the Blue Fusion 5100 and 5200 series controllers. Quickstep is a multi-threaded application meaning that the controller processes multiple tasks in parallel or simultaneously. This approach allows the controller to quickly process high-speed processes much faster than traditional PLC controllers which use ladder logic or IEC611-31 compliant programs. One of the most attractive features of the state based language used by CTC is that the program is easy to learn for the beginner and it is much simpler to follow for troubleshooting equipment by maintenance personnel who are not proficient with programming.

Quickbuilder takes state based language to a graphical interface and is used by the Blue Fusion 5300 series controllers. Quickbuilder uses flow chart like elements which are even easier to read and develop programs with. The program has a multitude of tools to assist with both writing the program as well as troubleshooting the machine of program.

The Blue Fusion family of controllers are a combination of a PC, a PLC and a Motion Controller all in one compact controller. The PC features include a Web Server, a file system with FTP capabilities and the ability to send and receive emails. The PLC and Motion Controllers are high performance machines which surpass the processing capability of most big name brands out there. These units handle Modbus and other communications and have 32 bit processors unlike most PLC’s which are 16 bit with many of the low-cost bricks which have a small as an 8 bit CPU.

In addition to the many high performance features of the Blue Fusion family of controllers most of the controllers with the exception of the 5100 family can serve custom web pages from the controller. CTC’s Web HMI Builder looks much like HMI software but is used to create custom graphical web pages which are served up by CTC controllers. A CTC controller serving a custom web page is a high performance controller and a Web Enabled SCADA system all in one compact engine.

For a quick introduction to the Quickbuilder Interface watch the below short video:

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