We are working on a project to convert our stand alone automated scales to ones that perform the same function using PAC Project. Several of the issues that we have are the responsiveness of the scale itself, which is manageable, and relatively long delay for inputting data using the custom keyboard. We are using Mary’s keyboard since this is a touchscreen and it is very difficult to see the built in keyboard in an industrial setting.
In PAC Display the keypad readouts are set to 100ms, but we are unable to configure the speed that the keys send their data to the controller. We are using a S1-W with good signal strength on both the controller and the tablet. When we first moved from 9.4 to 9.5 there was a huge delay, but we were able to work with support to correct that. This left us with the delay you see in the video below. On our conventional scale the data is input as fast as the operator can push the buttons but on the Opto Display scale, he is waiting on the values to return back from the controller and for the “async operations”.
The operators will should be able to process 300-400 of these cylinders per shift and the time wasted on data input is not allowing them to meet these goals. We would like to continue to use Opto Display since we run all of our plants using it instead of shifting to something like Ignition or Wonderware just to allow us to input data faster.
Does anyone have a recommendation on how to speed up the data input process?
Conventional Scale Keypad
OPTO Scale Keypad