Chromalox Introduces Supervisory Control Software for Heat Trace Control Panels

Downloadable PC software or touchscreen units make remote monitoring and managing of thousands of heat trace circuits possible.

PITTSBURGH, PA, USA — August 21, 2014 — Chromalox, a leader in advanced thermal technologies, today announced the availability of intelliTRACE® Supervisory Control (ISC). Offered as PC software or as an industrial touchscreen HMI, ISC monitors and manages multiple intelliTrace control panels from a central location. Connected heat trace control panels can include Chromalox ITAS, ITLS, ITASC1D2 and ITLSC1D2 models. ISC permits the managing and monitoring of thousands of heat trace circuits.

With ISC, users can remotely take advantage of several system-wide capabilities. Users can view alarm indications via five separate user-defined levels -- from a corporate level down to individual circuits. Device and circuit IDs can be assigned. A user can check system circuit health at a single glance, and they can receive email notification of selected alarm events. Communications take place via Modbus TCP/Ethernet or RTU/RS485.

According to Scott Treser, Director - Controls and Panel Development for Chromalox, users can quickly set up and operate ISC. "Intuitive Windows-based screens and global parameter settings enable system commissioning in minutes," he says. "Users can navigate to an intelliTRACE control panel within one to three mouse clicks. One additional click takes them to individual circuit detail within a panel." Additionally, Treser says that ISC offers several features for special situations. These include a proprietary soft start algorithm, sensor and output mapping, intermittent exercising of system circuits (during downtimes), and global application of parameter settings. An ISC spreadsheet organizes panel setups, parameter values, and circuits, making it easy for users to comprehend system scope.

Industrial Touchscreen versions of ISC may be purchased in stand-alone enclosures, incorporated in panels, or mounted by the customer. The ISC software can be downloaded to desktops, laptops, or industrial PCs meeting sufficient requirements.

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About Chromalox
Around the world, Chromalox is known for advanced thermal technologies engineered for the world’s toughest industrial heating applications. We partner with our customers to find elegant solutions to the most difficult and unique heating challenges. Our Heat Trace segment delivers temperature management solutions for piping systems, valves and tanks. Our Industrial Heaters and Systems segment delivers process heating solutions for revenue-generating industrial processes, and our Component Technologies segment delivers component heating solutions for industrial equipment manufacturers. Drawing upon a century of experience, a global footprint, and the most comprehensive set of technologies in our industry, no thermal control project is too large or complex. Founded in 1917, Chromalox is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.