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March 14, 2014

Semaphore's TBox LT2 RTU Passes Third-party Laboratory Testing

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Semaphore recently announced that its TBox LT2 High Performance Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) successfully passed a rigorous third-party laboratory testing suite.

The test involved vibration, shock, and free fall phenomena as encountered on mobile and rolling assets. The company officials explained that the testing was conducted according to EN 60068-2-6 (sine sweep), EN 60068-2-64 (random vibration), EN 60008-2-27 (shock) and IEC (News - Alert) 60068-2-31 (free fall).

Semaphore's TBox all-in-one architecture is designed to provide up to 50-percent cost savings over systems that combine PLC, communications, and SCADA components. It integrates advanced automation, Web server, alarm notification, and data logging with Ethernet and wireless communications in a single, rugged module.

Users have complete access to alarms, live conditions, and historical data on their mobile devices, tablets, and PCs — anytime and anywhere. This self-contained system gives users everything needed to create high-performance yet economical automation and monitoring installations, the company explained.

The platform leverages instant notification via e-mail, SMS text and FTP, and also provides traditional, SCADA communications for gas measurement using the Enron Modbus protocol.

TBox LT2 can also be used for remote automation and monitoring applications in a broad variety of industries, including agriculture, broadcast/telecommunications, energy management, mobile asset management, smart grid, transportation, utilities, irrigation, signaling, vendor-managed inventory, and water/wastewater.

According to the company, the new TBox LT2 RTU is best suited for oil and gas service companies with pressure pumping trucks that serve production fields. By installing this unit, oil and gas service companies can automate measurement processes and the vehicles can return to operation centers with accurate measurement records in their databases.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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