The FAST/TOOLS provide functions such as data acquisition with the field and the real time event manager for storing the information. It also provides the system installation and configuration tool, data management system and real time networking for communication between the modules. Additional modules can be added as a plug-in to the networking layer to increase client specific functionality. Examples are client specific calculation, optimisation modules or HMI.
FAST/TOOLS functional modules:
- Configuration & (graphical) presentation
- Alarm Management and SOE
- History Management
- Object Oriented Engineering language
- Access to other applications (e.g. XML, OPC & ODBC, Java, HTML)
- Reporting & Trending
- Operator action logging
- I/O communication
- Dedicated application software
- Audit trail
- Playback capabilities
Object Oriented Engineering
PROCESS/FAST module is used as the Object Oriented Engineering tool to add user defined functions in the FAST/TOOLS environment. These can be very simple like summing the value of two tags and putting the result in a third tag up to a full set of flow calculations or a function which describes the behavior of a pump. A function can to be defined once (called a class) and used multiple times (called objects).
REPORT/FAST is the tool for generating reports of configuration , alarming, actual or historical data.