Tablet for Field Instrument Management

Jun 02, 2018
By Pharmaceutical Technology Editors
Volume 42, Issue 6, pg 12

Endress+Hauser’s Field Xpert SMT70 is a tablet PC suited for commissioning and maintaining field instruments in hazardous and non-hazardous locations. The device can connect to field instrumentation devices directly via USB or Bluetooth wireless modem, or via a gateway, remote I/O, or multiplexer to a bus system. Other communication ports and supported networks include Ethernet, HDMI, and Wi-Fi, with 4G LTE and GPS available.

The tablet comes preinstalled with DeviceCare device configuration software and a device library that contains more than 2700 pre-installed device and communication drivers, allowing it to work with different instruments from a variety of vendors. 

The drivers can be used to communicate with virtually all Highway Addressable Remote Transducer (HART) and Foundation Fieldbus devices, and additional device drivers (DTMs) can be installed if required, according to the company. Generic HART DTM and Process Field Bus Decentralized profile DTMs also enable communication with field devices using these protocols. Other supported service interfaces include Modbus, Contexts and Dependency Injection, and Endress+Hauser. The tablet comes in a general-purpose configuration as well hazardous area configuration for Class 1, Division 2 Groups A, B, C, D, T4, and Class 1, Zone 2, Groups IIC, T4. 


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