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Abbott Laboratories CELL-DYN Sapphire Blood Analysis Instrument

INDUSTRY

Medical

APPLICATION

Hematology (Blood Analysis)

BENEFITS

  • Provides HMI Interface that is easy to understand
  • Lightweight Runtime requiring minimal integration effort

THE CHALLENGE

Visualization of complex laboratory data is key to understanding results. Abbott Laboratories’ CELL-DYN Sapphire uses multiple technologies to bring new automated parameters to the hematology (blood analysis) laboratory. This state-of-the-art technology performs analysis of RNA, DNA, white and red blood cells, and platelets. Performing quick and precise results of analysis that is easy to read and understand is the key to processing successful laboratory results. The CELL-DYN Sapphire required a graphical interface tool that could provide easy to read interfaces for complex data at a low cost that would also supply a timely solution for a quicker time to market.

THE SOLUTION

Visualization for the multi-faceted data of Abbott Laboratories’ CELL-DYN Sapphire is made possible with Sammi graphical interfaces. Sammi provides an HMI interface that is easy to interpret for users of high-end laboratory equipment that can be expected to process up to 106 samples per hour. The readily available dynamic objects and lightweight Runtime make Sammi an ideal
graphical interface processing solution for the CELL-DYN Sapphire. A minimal amount of integration effort is necessary since Sammi’s Runtime processes its own displays based on incoming data from the CELL-DYN application. Abbott Laboratories and
Kinesix Software continue an outstanding relationship as Abbott extends their product line into the 21st century.

Sammi® is a registered trademark of Kinesix Software.

Siemens Energy & Automation Johnson City, Tennessee

INDUSTRY

Process Control

APPLICATION

Factory Automation

BENEFITS

  • Ready solution providing quicker time to market
  • Built-in networking that promotes main application features
  • Runtime Environment that reduces development time and resources

THE CHALLENGE

Siemens SIMATIC Process Control Solution (PCS) process manufacturing and information control system provided “Totally Integrated Automation” for its users. The scalable plant-wide control solution, available for both Windows and UNIX platforms, offered a means to control an entire process stream, viewable from a desktop. The PCS system managed normal continuous and batch operations as well as discrete functions.

Siemens required a graphical interface solution for the PCS system that would offer all the components necessary to display a complete range of processes. The commercial off-the-shelf graphical solution was required to be self-contained and separate from the main application in order to maintain its integrity. Finally, the Runtime for the graphical interface needed to provide networking capabilities — an integral feature of the overall application.

THE SOLUTION

The Sammi Application Development Kit was selected for the Siemens PCS system because of its wide range of display features. Sammi offers more than 40 pre-built dynamic objects that require no graphics compiling to display. Sammi could be kept separate from the main application, assuring that integration with the PCS system would only require glue code, rather than requiring contingencies within the application for an integrated graphic display solution.

Sammi’s Runtime Environment has networking built-in. Displays can be viewed on any operating system, regardless of the originating data source’s operating system. Utilizing Sammi’s simple API (less than 70 function calls) meant there was no need to write complex networking interface code. The end result for the Siemens PCS system was a much quicker time to market and high return on
investment over programming an in-house graphical interface solution.

General Electric Power Systems Schenectady, New York

INDUSTRY

Process Control

APPLICATION

Turbine Monitoring

BENEFITS

  • Remote visualization & control of turbine data
  • Real-time status of turbine instrumentation
  • Quick display building provides instant ROI

THE CHALLENGE

The General Electric Power Systems plant in Schenectady, New York had long been monitoring remote turbine systems by sending engineers to the remote sites to check on turbine status. This practice of physically checking the status of the turbines was a time consuming and impractical solution to the problem of turbine monitoring. Problems could exist long before a visit was scheduled, or no problem may exist at all making the trip a necessary expense rather than a practical one.

According to GE, “The turbine engine may be one the most important and enduring of GE Power Systems’ products.” A practical and cost effective solution was necessary in order to better manage such a valuable and expensive instrument.

THE SOLUTION

General Electric equipped its remote turbines with sensors that would relay critical data to its main control center. Sammi was used to provide a quick and effective solution in order to effectively display the data relayed to the control center. Using Sammi, GE was able to quickly build displays and provide a means to relay incoming data to the displays through Sammi’s Runtime Environment. A fully operational graphical interface was able to be build in a matter of days, whereas in-house development would have taken months.

Ultimately, critical information was made available to engineers without them having to
travel to the remote location, saving time and resources and providing instant return on
investment in the Sammi product.

Sammi® is a registered trademark of Kinesix Software.