The RS3 distributed control system is composed of a communications PeerWay and one or more operator interfaces (consoles), ControlFiles, and system interfaces. Detailed descriptions of the RS3 control system components are contained in other manuals.
RS3 Consoles consist of a color monitor, a keyboard set, a combined video/keyboard interface board, a microprocessor/ communication card cage, a hard disk, optional backup data storage, and optional supporting hardware.
In addition to the console electronics that are listed, you can order tabletop designs or electronics that are fully mounted in cabinets, standard furniture, or custom consoles. Designs that are specially hardened, sealed, or purged are also available for custom projects.
The RS3 ControlFiles house Controller Processors. The Controller Processor receives and stores input values and makes the values available to other nodes. In addition, the Controller Processor evaluates input data to determine values for continuous and discrete (logic) outputs.
The MultiPurpose Controller Processor is the brain of the system where all calculations and logic functons are performed. The card cages, termination panels, FlexTerms, and marshaling panels provide field wiring termination and signal conditioning. The available card cages, FlexTerms, and termination panels are the MultiPurpose Controller Processor (MPC) analog card cage, the MPC contact card cage, the Multiplexer FlexTerm, the Communications FlexTerm, and the Multipoint I/O Termination Panel.