? InnControl™Theory

InnControl™ Theory

InnControl™ is a high end electronic control system and is the result of a very specific philosophy about how a control system should be designed. First designed as a control retrofit for our own test machines, each level of InnControl’s™ four tiered system was built to optimize the cost/function/flexibility relationship inherent in all closed loop servo controllers. InnControl™:

  • Is a reliable, high performance digital servo control system.
  • Uses readily available discrete sub-component electronics from proven manufacturers.
  • User Interface is customized with the End User in mind while maintaining a single closed loop control design.
  • Is supported in person and via remote interface by experienced control engineers. Remote interface is accomplished using ethernet connectivity. This capability allows response times for technical assistance that is orders of magnitude faster than that of our competitors.

All InnControl solutions are built with this philosophy and follow a four tier configuration. It is this concept that allow us to maximize user flexibility and system stability simultaneously. The tiers are:

  • The User Interface (UI)
  • The System Interface (SI)
  • The Component Interface (CI)
  • Field Support (FS)

The User Interface is a customized LabView-based interface designed around the operator's point of reference — the result of collaboration between Innkeeper and our customers. The InnControl™ user interface offers a simple yet powerful tool to allow any technician to run a safe, repeatable test, yet provides enough flexibility to recall all required data, regardless of the test outcome.

The System Interface is the connection between InnControl™ software and hardware — the "data interchange" that determines which tasks are handled by the user infterface and which are handled by the controller and hardware. By design, the system interface keeps all loop closure, limits and safety within the confines of the servo controller/plc and away from the user interface, and also determines which programming sequences are handled by the user interface and which are handled by the controller/plc and called by the user interface.

The Component Interface is a set of individual sub-components that work together as a single control system. Components are mounted on standard DIN railing, and designed so that there is no undue reliance on any one component's reliability or lifespan. All sub-components are readily available high-quality devices, manufactured by leading companies and easily replaceable by the same or a similar component.

Field Support from Innkeeper is available in person or remotely through a remote desktop application — ideal for training, troubleshooting, system modifications, and when timing is critical. InnControl™systems do not require Innkeeper support, however. All sub-component documentation and a full system diagram are supplied to the customer so that any qualified technician can easily isolate and replace any individual component if necessary.