Process Visualization

Process Visualization

What We Do

As part of an international project on the development of high-end measurement and test systems for the world automotive industry, Applied Systems develops and integrates modern software components that allow configuring a great number of measuring devices, controlling and coordinating their operation, analyzing and saving measurement results, and troubleshooting. With the development of wireless technologies, we are implementing wireless collection of data from remote sensors and their transfer to a mobile device or PC.

How We Can Help Your Business

Visualization is most demanded for short- and mid-range processes distributed into separate data channels due to the physical configuration of hardware. Therefore, visualization components prove to be especially effective for businesses that require frequent equipment configuration, acquisition of large amounts of data, complex data analysis, and fast diagnostic and elimination of malfunctions.

Applied Systems has an ample stack of proven techniques and a flexible modular platform, which allows visualizing processes at every level. Once integrated into your system and configured, our solutions require zero programming and are tailored to meet every need of your business: from static and dynamic charts to powerful editors and interactive control systems.

Configuration

Configuring equipment is most often a labor-intensive and time-consuming task that requires substantial knowledge of the whole system as even the slightest mistake may cause system failure.

We are ready to provide you with ample visualization facilities to define the configuration of your hardware and software modules in the most convenient way:

• equipment configuration wizards
• hierarchically structured trees of categorized components
• powerful editors for logic flowcharts and hardware diagrams
• structured component libraries with version control
• ample scripting facilities

The flexibility of our solutions is accounted for by various add-ons that allow:

• extending your configuration with new components using zero programming
• defining the logic of your system operation in a graphic flowchart editor
• fast and easy adaptation of new hardware or software components to an already existing system

The configuration tools we develop are intended for users with different backgrounds: from the simple drag-and-drop method for non-technical personnel to professional editors for software engineers.

Control and Analysis

As soon as you have configured your equipment, you need visualization facilities to monitor its operation.

Applied Systems offers development and integration services based on a customizable framework of visualization panels and tools to display and analyze real-time data flows. The proposed solution is flexible enough to provide both ready-made panels and facilities to design, edit, arrange, and connect your own panels to the equipment.

By default, the developed solution is supposed to provide three levels of visualization:

• System level – an overall view of controlled equipment
• Subsystem level – part of equipment or group of components that perform a particular task within a larger system
• Component level − individual panel for each equipment component

The visualization facilities of our framework offer all necessary functionality to control and analyze the operation of your system at every level:

• Individual set of visualization panels for each equipment configuration
• Diagrams of controlled equipment and interactive control elements that display the current state of equipment components and allow changing it with one click
• Direct access to the settings and service information of each equipment component
• Pop-up summary information on each equipment component
• Simultaneous control and analysis of several equipment configurations
• Management of system activities and alarm messages in separate windows
• Monitoring of system business logic in a graphic flowchart viewer
• Independent and reusable add-on that:
- receives and records data
- builds compound graphs in real-time
- allows comparison and monitoring of data from different sources both during runtime and after the test is finished

Notifications and Error Management

Early detection and relevant handling of malfunctions can be critical to system stability and may significantly reduce the time and effort required for troubleshooting.

Applied Systems develops complex error handling solutions intended to inform the user about the current state of system components and propose possible actions or solutions to problems that arise. The intuitive user interface of our solutions allows:

• monitoring and arranging all current events in real time
• tracking and filtering the history of incident messages for any period of time
• monitoring the state and current activity of hardware and software components
• browsing through all currently active incidents attached to each particular component
• responding to error situations as may be necessary
• using a solution wizard to diagnose and fix possible problems

Diagnostic and Calibration

The primary goal of diagnostic is troubleshooting possible malfunctions, monitoring system performance and ensuring its continuous operation. Diagnostic tools are especially important for large scalable systems that are often prone to slowdowns, increased resource intensity, and instability. However, in some industries, where precision is of primary importance, equipment also requires recurrent calibration to comply with established standards.

Applied Systems provides software development services based on its fundamental experience in automating diagnostic and calibration procedures. Our know-how allows us to create custom software that provides facilities to:

• design diagnostic and calibration procedures
• schedule checking and calibration
• monitor automatic self-diagnostic tests
• generate reports in different formats
• access the history of saved diagnostic and calibration results
• monitor system performance
• diagnose potential equipment problems
• collect and send all necessary crash data

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is a cutting-edge technology that is based on object recognition and allows supplementing real objects with layers of digital data. The technology is being implemented in various fields nowadays, even in everyday life, but it is especially valuable for the improvement of modern industries and science.

Why Process Visualization

Today it is hardly possible to find a business that would underestimate the importance of visualization disregarding the field of its application. Among the main benefits attributed to visualization are faster decision making, enhanced productivity, and even improved safety, especially in industries, where promptness and precision are of critical importance.

Advances in computing have broadened the visualization capacities of control systems by improving human-machine interfaces with 3D graphics, multimedia, and interactive technology. Simple flowcharts are no longer enough to represent a technological process as the user expects to see a realistic representation of the system and its behavior on the screen.

Migration of control software to mobile devices caused even harsher requirements for interface usability and user experience. The amount of data displayed on the monitor should be sufficient to ensure convenient process control, while the layout and graphical interpretation of information should facilitate its understanding and enable efficient use.

Areas

Process visualization can be mission-critical in almost any industry that is involved in research and development or depends on R&D activities as part of its production process. In particular, industries that will most likely benefit from visualization facilities include:

• vehicle manufacturing and environment protection
• instrument engineering and electronics
• transportation and logistics
• energy management
• construction engineering
• chemistry and medical technology