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Handheld HART Communicator

HART Expert are very pleased to announce the addition of our Handheld HART Communicator (COM-2) to the product line up. COM-2 supports the complete configuration of wired (4-20mA based) HART devices, including HART 7. This ready to use out of the box Handheld HART Communicator utilises the Blackview BV6000 Smartphone (an Android phone with 4.7″ display and water & dust proof to IP68. It provides the advantage of integrating HART configuration in a small, flexible and powerful smartphone, bringing new levels of productivity to HART configuration.

Our HART Communicator conversion for Android phones and Tablets is very popular with customers wanting to use their own Smartphone or Tablet, but we were often asked if we could also provide a Smartphone or Tablet with it. Following testing of several Android devices we have chosen the Blackview BV6000 as a good balance between flexibility, ease of use and ruggedness.

Handheld HART Communicator Smartphone COM-2

Handheld HART Communicator Smartphone COM-2

If you have any questions about our Handheld HART Communicator please don’t hesitate to ask.

HART Communicator Windows Tablet

HART Expert are very pleased to announce the addition of our Windows Tablet based HART Communicator (COM-1) to the product line up. COM-1 supports the complete configuration of all HART devices, including HART 7, HART-IP, and WirelessHART. This ready to use out of the box HART Communicator utilises the ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF, a 10″ Windows Tablet that comes with docking keyboard and touchpad. It provides the advantage of integrating HART configuration in a small, flexible and powerful 10″ tablet footprint to achieve new levels of productivity in HART configuration.

Our HART Communicator conversion for Windows PCs is very popular with customers wanting to use their own PC/Laptop/Tablet, but we were often asked if we could also provide a Windows Laptop or Tablet with it. Following testing of several Windows devices we have chosen the ASUS Transformer Book T100TAF as a good balance between flexibility, ease of use and value for money.

HART Communicator Windows Tablet COM-1

HART Communicator Windows Tablet COM-1

If you have any questions about our Windows Tablet based HART Communicator please don’t hesitate to ask.

Achema 2015 Visit Summary

After returning from Achema 2015 and the pleasant city of Frankfurt, I am very pleased to say that supplier development of HART enabled products (especially WirelessHART and HART-IP) was very evident. Many stands demonstrated either new HART transmitters or WirelessHART gateways, including new releases of HART discreet I/O devices such as valve limit (switch) transmitters.

A visit to the “Field Communication Lounge” sponsored by the FieldComm Group (formed from the Merger of the HART Communication Foundation and the Fieldbus Foundation) left no uncertainty over the level of development in HART and supporting technologies such as FDI (Field Device Integration). Most prominent was the “Technology Wall” (pictured below) with over 50 devices from more than 30 suppliers, demonstrating the integration of both new and legacy systems of Foundation™ Fieldbus, HART®, HART-IP™ and WirelessHART®.

Leading suppliers had kiosks in the booth area where I was delighted to meet Jeff of ProComSol demonstrating his HART configuration software DevCom2000 (a Windows HART Configurator) and COM_DROID (an Android phone/tablet HART Configurator) to configure devices on the “Technology Wall” via HART-IP and WirelessHART. Jeff (pictured below) was also demonstrating his Bluetooth HART modem (HM-BT-BAT-ER) which when combined with the ProComSol smart phone enabled HART configuration software attracted much interest.

20150615_153220Just across from the Technology wall was representation by the FDT group, and next to that ISA100. Some end user confusion over WirelessHART and ISA100 was evident and will probably continue for some time, but more about that in a separate article.

In summary development in HART technology (the worlds most widely installed Process Industry communication standard) was very evident with many suppliers excitedly displaying new products.

ProComSol

We are delighted to announce that HART Expert has been accepted as the UK distributor for ProComSol (Process Communications Solutions www.procomsol.com). We selected ProComSol as our preferred partner of HART communication solutions due to their excellent range of practical and technology leading products. We are currently arranging stocks and look forward to promoting ProComSol products.

Achema 2015

We are sending one of our budding investigators to Achema 2015 to see the exciting new developments in the HART communication world. On the top of his list is a company called ProComSol (www.procomsol.com) who we are delighted to announce have selected us as their UK distributor. More news to come soon after the exhibition.