Jan 13, 2012

NXT + HMI/SCADA interface



Leistungsfähiger Panel PC für Standard-Industrieanwendungen by Green_Mamba
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SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a robotics system that is found in factories and industry around the world.  It takes in sensor information from sensors and then coordinates processes to make things happen.  Think BMW's car factory as the chassis are moved from workstation to workstation.

COPADATA is a company the specialises in SCADA software and they have put together an interface with the NXT.  This means you can program in any of the IEC 61131-3 languages (typical SCADA programming languages) and then run the code on a NXT device.  This sounds like a great way to test out your code before putting it out onto multi-million dollar industrial robots :)

You can write programs that interface with the motors and all standard sensors as well as Gyro, Accelerometer and Compass.

I haven't had the chance to give it a go (you need to order their free software DVD), but it certainly looks like a great way for universities / colleges to teach SCADA with low-cost hardware.

http://www.copadata.com/index.php?id=1838

Thanks to Olov who brought this to my attention!

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