Newsletter, July 2020

Providing Advanced
HART Communication Products

ProComSol, Ltd is a leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced, cost-effective, and reliable HART communication products for the Process Control marketplace. We are dedicated to providing the most affordable and innovative HART products in the market, helping our customers to connect, configure, and document their essential operations.  

Our product offerings for process control instrumentation includes HART Modems and our Smart Communicator Software app DevComDevCom runs on Windows, iOS (Apple) and Android and provides complete monitoring and configuration of your HART instruments at a fraction of the cost of the old dinosaur communicators on the market.

ProComSol Releases HART Multiplexer with HART-IP

ProComSol is excited to announced the release of its new 4 Channel HART multiplexer with HART-IP.  This device allows the user to perform HART communications using the plant’s Ethernet network infrastructure.  According to Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, Ltd, “Adding a HART-IP based HART multiplexer to the existing plant HART network provides a low cost way to access HART instrument data for IIoT applications”.

The HMUX-4-DS HART Multiplexer, 4 channel, Dual Speed (referring to the support of PSK HART devices) mounts on the cabinet’s DIN rail.  The Mux connect to the HART instruments anywhere in the control loop.  These loop connections are easily be made in the marshaling cabinet so wiring effort is minimal; a plug and play product.  When the Mux is connected to the plant Ethernet network, the HART data becomes accessible wherever the network is available.

The typical use case is to setup a network connected pc running a HART-IP client that collects the measurement and status data from the HART instruments. This information can stay in the plant or be sent to the cloud for backup and ease of sharing.  HART-IP is a standard protocol for encapsulating HART commands into Ethernet (TCP/IP) packets for communications over Ethernet networks.  

Several software products exist for this task.  ProComSol offers the popular DevCom2000 Smart Device Communicator software that can collect the data, and the user can access the HART device as if they were next to the device with a traditional HART communicator!  Since DevCom2000 is DD based, all device parameters are available, including Methods.

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We are continually making improvements to the DevCom HART Communicator software.  Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of your DevCom software for the most optimal performance.  Here are the latest versions.
DevCom.iOS now at Rev 3.6.1.0 Improved support for iOS13 devices. 
DevComDroid now at Rev 2.2.4.2 Enhanced Bluetooth and added initial "set up wizard".
DevCom2000 now at Rev 6.7 Added Cloud support.  Fixed issues with multi-drop.  Improved mobiLink functions.  Questions?  Click here ???? 
Applications for the 2020 ProComSol Instrumentation Scholarship Program are available HERE 

Please pass this information along.  Applications are being accepted until NOV. 2, 2020.
Case Study:  Android Based HART Communicator saves cost and reduces tools for field techs

Problem: SaskWater provides professional water and wastewater services to over 60 communities, rural municipalities, and dozens of rural pipeline groups as well as industrial and commercial end users in the Canadian Providence of Saskatchewan. These systems use intelligent field measurement devices requiring maintenance and setup using HART digital communications. Many of these applications are on remote sites such as pumping stations that require field technicians to carry the tools needed out to the job site.

Solution: When the time came to replace the Rosemount 375 Handhelds the field technicians were using, Corey Harper, a Senior Technologist for SaskWater, was looking for a less expensive solution. The Procomsol DevComDroid Smart Device Communicator Android application with the ProComSol Bluetooth HART Modem was selected. DevComDroid uses standard HART DD files to communicate with HART devices allowing the field technician to use their cell phones they are already carrying to configure the HART devices.

Result: With 3 field technicians and the department manager using device communicators, SaskWater realized a $7,000 to $15,000 savings in equipment cost. Now the only additional piece of equipment needed to be carried to the field is the compact ProComSol Bluetooth HART Modem. There is no expensive hardware platform to become obsolete requiring replacement and the software is easily kept up to date using the ProComSol DD Library downloads available at the ProComSol Website.
 
HART Device Data on the Cloud?  Yes, please!

ProComSol announced the addition of Cloud functions for the management of HART device configuration data.  These Cloud functions are available now in the DevCom App for Android, iOS (Apple) and Windows.  The Cloud functions allow the user to save device configurations to a private Cloud account on the ProComSol servers.  This provides data back-up, security, and the ability to share the configuration data plant-wide! According to Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, Ltd, “HART device configuration data is extremely valuable for maintaining plant operations.  When this data is available to whoever needs it, when they need it, plant operations become more efficient and reliable.”
 
A DevCom App user acting as an administrator can setup Groups and users as Members in the Groups.  When the group member saves a device configuration using DevCom App, the data is automatically sent to the Cloud for storage.  Once in the cloud, other members of the Group can view the saved configuration data from their DevCom App.  This is helpful for many use cases including HART device replacement, audits, and device documentation.

Bottom line - An excellent way to search for, catalog and download device data for your plant's team.

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