MKS unveils new Automation Platform

Source: MKS Instruments

By Aaron Hurd

Jul 13, 2015

MKS Instruments introduces the MKS Automation Platform, a modular, scalable and configurable solution for comprehensive control that improves operational and productivity efficiencies. It seamlessly integrates with other MKS products, and its library of process routine templates and function blocks facilitates faster implementation. 

The platform’s hardware and software are both scalable and flexible due to its modular and open architecture, as well as its support for many fieldbuses and control networks. It consists of two programmable automation control options (MKS PAC 100 & PAC 1000); a variety of I/O modules for interfacing to any type of sensor, actuator or valve, and the MKS Controls Workbench software for configuration, process monitoring, tuning and data storage. MKS integration services assist in recipe and logic development, integration and training.

The platform leverages MKS Umetrics advanced analytical solutions to drive improved automation via real-time actionable data insights. It is highly suitable in a variety of applications, including open and fully programmable automation control, remote or distributed IO, multi-zone temperature control, and remote process control. Its compact, high density design reduces the number of modules and controllers required, saving cost and tool real estate.