When ABB introduced the Advant Operator Workplace with AdvaCommand for UNIX in 1994, based on HP UNIX workstations, it represented a new approach to supervision and control of industrial processes.
Not only did it provide the capability to communicate with the process but also with other computers and systems outside the automation system. This information integration capability made it possible to view both administrative data and process control data on the operator workplace.
Advant Operator Workplace can be connected to DCN control networks, and communicate with Advant Controller 400 Series as well as with Advant Information Management Workplaces.
Advant Operator Workplace complies with the X Window System and the OSF/Motif® standards, making it possible to access and run applications in other stations throughout the network. For instance, to look up circuit drawings created and stored in an engineering station or view and edit data in product quality and business information systems.
The Advant Station 500 series with AdvaCommand provides a universal window for all users including operators, managers, maintenance personnel, and engineers. The set of basic functions in the Advant Station 500 series of operator workplaces with AdvaCommand includes User Interface, Central Graphics and Environment Administration, Display Hierarchy, Operator Displays, and Advant Authority and Security Enhancements (ASE).
An Advant MOD Operator Workplace includes:
- Integration with installed Advant MOD control network and process I/O through DCN.
- Set of predefined faceplates and operator dialogues
- Extensive operator functionality for handling alarm and events, reporting functions, and messenger support
- Customized operator environment to meet individual user needs
- Quick, flexible and secure access to relevant displays and information
- Three different keyboards: an Alphanumeric Keyboard, the Operator Control Panel, and the Page Selector Alarm Panel (PSAP).
AdvaCommand for UNIX life cycle status
AdvaCommand moved into the Classic life cycle phase in 2005 , into Limited in 2004 and is planned to move to the Obsolete life cycle phase in 2012.
ABB strongly recommends customers to migrate AdvaCommand for UNIX to System 800xA for Advant MOD which has support for all functions.