Operator training for Cameron X-COM

Cameron X-COM driller and assistant driller

Impressed with the 3D graphics quality and the clear and precise method of delivering this training course for our drilling crew.

Patrick Benson – Rig Manager

Please direct your training requests to sales@industrialcontrol.eu

Learn your way to operate successfully the Cameron TTS X-COM (XCOM) driller / assistant driller chair used in offshore drilling rigs and onshore too. Master the skills of drawworks operations, mud pumps syncronisation, monitor everything on the HMI , learn about the Siemens PLC system behind, operate the SmartRacker.

This course is provided by our team of specialised training instructors based in Europe. It is delivered online as a 3 day module.

Cameron – TTS – spare parts supplier

We are able to provide parts and service for Cameron / TTS Sense drilling control systems based on X-COM operator chairs and OnTrack servers. Our engineers have extensive training with Cameron / TTS drilling equipment and are able to provide the required level of expertise and technical advice when ordering parts from Industrial Control. Our prices are usually 50% to 60% lower compared to OEM. Warranty is 12 up to 24 months for all parts delivered. Installation and commissioning on site is available .  Contact us today for a quote.

Cameron X-COM Chair

Our offer includes , but it’s not limited to:

Touchpad PC  for Cameron / TTS Sense X-COM operator chair

* Intel® Core 2 Duo  processor with Intel® GM45 chipset
* Dual Intel® 82574L Gigabit Ethernet ports
* Dual VGA or VGA/DVI Independent Display
* 3 x RS232 and 1 x RS232/422/485 with Auto Direction Control
* One external locked CF socket with CF 16 GB card
* On-board DC to DC power design to support 16V to 30V DC power input
* Support ATX power mode and PXE / WOL / LAN Teaming
* Brad Communications Applicom Card and Software configured for Left or Right Arm Console

Touchscreen 8.4″ for X-COM left and right hand arm console

touchscreen xcom

8.4″ TouchScreen for X-COM

8.4″ LCD; 4:3 Aspect ratio
SVGA (800 x 600) Resolution
450 nits Brightness; 600:1 Contrast Rate
Superior viewing angle: 160°(H) / 140°(V)
Standard 15-pin VGA input, DVI
Resistive Touch with USB or Serial (RS232) Interface
Removable Open Frame Mounting tabs
Standard long term open frame enclosure design

Industrial Computer Ontrack for X-COM operator chair

* small dimensions of (HxWxD) 270x195x232 mm, the compact box PC is used primarily where little space is available, such as in enclosures, consoles, or directly on machines
* powerful and robust industrial PCs, designed especially for rugged use in close proximity to machinery
* 24-hour continuous operation and under extreme system loads
* four RS232 and four USB interfaces, VGA and DVI graphics, and Ethernet 10/100 and Ethernet 100/1000;




We also provide a complete range of services :

  • troubleshooting and maintenance on site
  • HMI software upgrade as per customer request
  • loadcell calibration
  • parts replacement for X-COM

Configuration of 4-20 mA Analog Inputs on a PLC

A PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) is used for the control of industrial machines and process installations. Electronic manufacturers like Kaizen Technology offers services such as Surface Mount Assembly, Prototype PCB Assembly, and Fast turn PCB Assembly, do not hesitate to contact them if you need manufacturing services. The PLC was designed specially for this purpose and offers the possibility of a flexible configuration by means of hardware and software to be adapted to the machine or process which needs to be controlled. Analog signals such as pressure and temperature from the process are evaluated by the PLC and based on these signals the process is controlled by the PLC. Analog signals need to be connected to the PLC and configured. Because of the modular design and configuration of the PLC many things can go wrong. This article gives some guidelines.

1. Determine how to connect the sensor to the PLC.

Most analog inputs on PLC’s support voltage, current and resistance on the analog inputs. In order to make the connection the first thing is to determine how the 4-20 mA sensors will be connected to the PLC. On some PLCs locating the correct terminal is more than enough, sometimes jumpers need to be configured, and onto some PLCs the input is configured by software (ea Step 7 ). On some PLCs a resistor must be connected in order to transform a voltage input to a 4-20 mA current input. Check the documentation of the PLC before the sensor is connected to the analog input on the PLC or you may damage the analog module or the PLC itself

2. Determine how the analog value is represented

Inside the PLC the A/D converter transforms the analog signal to a digital value. The digital value represents the analog signal. In case of a 10 bit A/D converter the digital value lies between 0 and 1024. Some A/D converters can generate negative values. The minimum signal is 4 mA with a 4-20 mA signal. When the signal is lower then 4 mA the digital value is negative, or is 4 mA a positive value? Read the PLC manual in order to determine how the A/D converter handles the negative value. Does the PLC make it zero or does it need a correction in software. Also check on which address the value is available to the PLC program. In case you are not sure about the configuration it may be wise to build a test setup to check it. With a current loop tester, the analog signal on the PLC can be simulated which makes it is easy to validate the configuration of the PLC.

3. Make sure the value is scaled properly in the PLC

The digital value in the PLC needs to be scaled to a meaningful value and readable by humans. A pressure of 0-16 bar is represented inside the PLC by a value between 0 and 1024, while on the display a value between 0 en 16 bar is needed. This needs some calculation. Some PLCs come with standard software functions for this purpose. When these are not available, the user has to write these software routines. These software routines can be tested by means of the test set-up from step 2.

4. Verify your alarms

Usually analog inputs are guarded by alarms. Both process alarms as well as hardware alarms. What happens when a wire breaks on a 4-20mA input? Is this recognised as a wire-break alarm or as a process alarm, low temperature, low pressure? When is the wire-break alarm activated? Is the alarm activated immediately or after a pre-defined time minimising false alarms? Does the sensor comply with the Namur NE43 recommendation? In this case a sensor fault can be represented by a current higher then 21 mA. Is your software capable to handle all these situations? In case the 4-20 mA input is compatible to the Namur NE43 recommendation the alarms can be tested with a current loop tester with extended current range.

5. Test your configuration before commissioning.

When things go wrong it can take a lot of time and money to resolve configuration issues with 4-20 mA analog inputs. Especially when these issues appear during commissioning on site. In order to test the analog inputs INDUSTRIAL CONTROL has a complete range of current loop test units. Every step of a 4-20 mA configuration can be tested and validated with the help of a Fluke 4-20 mA simulator. Problems with the analog input configuration and signal can be identified and resolved in an early stage. Unnecessary delays in commissioning can be eliminated.