I'm curious to know what mobile devices have been used to successfully implement PI Manual Logger in an industrial (low light, damp, dirty) environment.
Intermec hand held devices have been very popular in these environs. Check out the CK6x and CK7x series devices. These are no compromise devices with options and features to support many applications including PI Manual Logger as well as other applications.
Here is a link to a device popular with PI customers: http://www.intermec.com/products/cmptrck71a/index.aspx
Thanks, I'll take a look.
The new PML is web based, so any tablet should work. I have not yet seen anyone use a tablet yet for this purpose, but have seen tablets in the field. Surprising, iPads, with ruggedize cases. There a lot of tablets on the market now for this purpose, so you should have a ton of options. One key feature I would look for is the ability to lock it down, so they could only be used for a single purpose. A windows based tablet might fit the bill for ease of management. If you do try a tablet, could you post back? I would love to know how it went.
I thought about suggesting tablets and pocket sized smart devices. However, so many times these environs require intrinsically safe devices or must operate with extreme moisture environs. Few of the Windows or iPad tablets, even if installed in a case, will meet such requirements.
However, if a suitable case (OtterBox?) and device can be obtained for your environment, DO check out new PI ML Web Client. It is supported by nearly any HTML5 capable device - unbelievably opening up the possible hardware choices and options.
As Lonnie suggests, locking down the device is probably useful consideration. Hardware choice often seems to be driven by the application support requirements rather than the other way around.
I haven't seen them actually in use, but there is a vendor out there selling what they call "ruggedized" cases. Here's a URL I have for them: http://seeforge.com/solutions/specifications-for-intrinsically-safe-xc-ipad-and-xcr-ipad-cases/
How much of the web based PIML value / utility depends on having in-plant wireless available?
The web-based PI Manual Logger is capable of off-line operation. Once you've connected to the web server, all the information needed to run tours is downloaded to the device's LocalStorage. At that point, you can do your runs and save the data back to the web server when you are back in a connected area.
Also, you can see a nice table of the differences in functionality between the older PI Manual Logger Mobile 2012 and the new web-based data collection on the Overview page on our Technical Support web site, here: https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Products/PI-Visualization/PI-Manual-Logger/Overview
I just posted some information about this on another thread:
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