The Controls Workbench software included with purchase can be downloaded from the MKS website to connect and control the MultiTherm product family. This powerful interface provides a simple, complete solution for device configuration along with the ability to view, data log, chart and export process data, perform manual process control, process troubleshooting, and advanced auto-tuning of the MKS controllers (PAC 1000, PAC 100, Communications Module, MultiTherm 2000 and MultiTherm 1000).
The benefits of using the CWB software with the MultiTherm product family include:
The MultiTherm 2000 can be utilized as a standalone temperature controller with direct programmability features or easily interfaced to an existing control system utilizing standard fieldbus connectivity.
The MKS Controls Workbench software application can be used to configure, perform auto-tuning, adjust temperature set points, provide process monitoring, create and monitor alarms, etc. The CWB can also be used to interface multiple MultiTherm 2000 (or any other MKS controllers) units from a single interface, which makes setup and programming of an entire plant or fab simple and seamless.
The MultiTherm temperature control family currently supports interfacing to a control system or a PC using Modbus TCP/IP or EtherCAT connectivity. While the Modbus TCP/IP interface provides a standard, commonly used control network, for most general temperature control applications, the MultiTherm’s EtherCAT connectivity is ideal for processes requiring precise repeatability
Key features include supervisory control options such as model based temperature control, cascading loops and PID gain scheduling. User friendly diagnostic features such as front panel LED indicators for individual channels and heater health monitoring minimize system down time.
The MultiTherm 2000 can be configured with many different types of modules, all available from MKS, including Temperature input, Current input, PWM output, Voltage output, and CT inputs. Each module is available in a compact, DIN rail mounted enclosure.