Malvern Instruments has launched Malvern Link II, a new and powerful OPC-standardized software package that simplifies the integration of analytical devices with expert control systems in manufacturing processes. A valuable tool for system integration engineers, Malvern Link II promotes the development of future-proof control solutions, reducing the cost of upgrades and future maintenance.
OPC is recognised universally and promotes open connectivity via open standards. Using the latest OPC protocol, Malvern Link II transforms analyzer integration for automated control from being a costly, bespoke task for each individual plant to a more rapid, routine and cost-effective procedure. Not only does Malvern Link II deliver a single interface for remote control and reporting, its building-block concept allows multiple and unlimited configuration of automation devices and analyzers, including Malvern's range of particle characterization systems. Importantly, it is fully compliant with pharmaceutical industry requirements.
The use of in- and on-line analyzers is increasingly widespread but they only fulfil their ultimate potential when used for automated control. Automatically driving the plant, using a multivariate model that gathers information from all relevant sources, is the benchmark for truly optimal operation.
While many instrument manufacturers have developed customized solutions to link their products with existing control systems, these often use non-standard proprietary software drivers that do not share a common platform. Unfortunately this approach discourages integration with other systems leading to the formation of unconnected 'data islands', real-time information streams that are not connected.
Using Malvern Link II, developing control architectures that can acquire and use data, not only from Malvern systems but also from a diverse array of different analyzers, eliminates the need for multiple dedicated solutions. With a simple drag and drop tool that allows the sequencing of many standard operating procedures, Malvern Link II can be used to create limitless process scenarios with fully customized presentation of data and live displays.