FDC-2010-K5C -

Custom OEM Kiln Development

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Standard Product History & Feature Review

The FDC-2010-K5C, originally designed as a full featured Kiln control system to provide Kiln OEM's a price point alternative to traditional circular chart recorders, offers OEM's and users unparalleled flexibility to utilize one hardware platform to control traditional hardwood dry kilns and/or Pallet Heat-Treat Sterilizers. Priced comparatively to a multi-pen circular chart recorder, the FDC-2010-K5C provides real value whether compared to a proprietary PC based system or simple circular chart recorder! For information on an On-Line product demonstration and product review click here on-line product review/demonstration.

Configurable by the Kiln manufacturer for a variety of control logic the FDC-2010-K5C offers the lowest component cost Windows based control system while still offering the following features:

  • Intuitive ease of use with Windows style navigation and text & audio Help files per screen view.
  • Flexible Control configuration including up to 10 temperature sensors, display & control logic for EMC, Core Temperatures and more (moisture probes are not offered within our standard control offering).
    • Control outputs: 24 relay & minimum of 2 4-20mA) for Heat, Spray, Vents, Fans, multiple alarms and 7 customer configurable outputs.
    • Digital Inputs: 15 digital inputs (configurable time delays); 1 DI to confirm fans sync, 4 DI user configurable input alarms, 5 DI configurable to disable control/event outputs and 5 DI for Schedule management; Schedule Start, Hold & Abort, Stage Advance and Previous Stage.
  • Schedule / Manual control with easy Schedule file management
  • Alarm Monitor, Audit Trail (operator actions) & Historical Data file management
  • Security (3-levels) with operator Audit Trail files & management.
  • Powerful LAN connection features (Remote Access, email, FTP, Web Server)
  • Serial Modbus link for 3rd party PC Supervisory Software is standard; contact us to request modbus register address's.
  • Want to keep existing Circular Chart Recorders? No problem, the FDC-2010-K5C can re-transmit temperature values to existing recorders.

Clearly, the FDC-2010-K5C is the most flexible, fully featured and Easy to Use "out of the box" Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat control system available.

Custom Proprietary Control Versions

Future Design Controls is willing to explore proprietary versions to include features currently not available in the standard FDC-2010-K5C, including but not limited to:

  • Weight sensors* with control logic
  • Moisture sensors* with control logic
  • Multi-zone control* for Softwood Dry Kilns
  • Wafer EMC sensors*
  • Ethernet TCP/IP to Serial communications to control module (PLC)
  • Help Screen Languages expanded from standard English, Spanish & French
  • Other features and options not listed above.

*The most efficient manner to add additional sensor inputs is via serial port although additional analog input channels can also be added.

Contact Future Design Controls to explore how the FDC-2010-K5C, already a full featured control system at an OEM price point competitive with circular chart recorders, may incorporate your proprietary features.

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Pallet Heat-Treat operational mode Pallet_Heat-Treat.htm

Kiln Information Links below:

Kiln mode: Primary Operator Display Views.htm

Main Views, Monitor Probes, Set Manual Outputs, Trending, Alarm Monitor & History and Audit Trail

Pallet Heat-Treat operational mode - see Pallet_Heat-Treat.htm


Kiln mode: Main Schedule Views.htm

Drying Schedule View, Schedule Edit/Run, Schedule Run, Hold, Stop; Drying Schedule View, Schedule Entry, Plot Schedule, Edit Schedules, Run Schedule, Advance to Next or Previous Stage and Add Subtract Time.


Kiln mode: Additional Temperature Monitor Sensors.htm

Optional temperature Monitor sensors; monitor only or used as additional Core Temperatures for Kiln Heat-Treat/Sterilize.


Kiln mode: Kiln EMC Operation.htm:

Description of EMC calculated values shown on Kiln's Main View and control logic if so configured.


Kiln mode: PC based KilnView Software Package.htm:
KilnView PC Software Review - communicate with up to 16 FDC-2010-K5C Controls as well as up to 48 single loop controls (applies to FDC-2010-K5C Kiln operational mode only; KilnView may not be used in the Pallet Heat-Treat operational mode).


Pallet Heat-Treat Sterilization Mode.htm

Review of Pallet Heat-Treat Sterilization mode; available configurations, control logic, operation, etc.


Links below offer descriptions common to both the Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat operational modes and/or configuration


Data Logging & View Historical Data.htm:

System Data Logging Start: Kiln mode on start up, on Schedule Start or on Demand and in Pallet Heat-Treat mode on cycle start. History Data View and printing as graph or averages with High & Low values, etc. File Utilities to manually copy and/or delete Historical Data, Alarm, Audit and Schedule files and if connected to LAN, FTP Historical Data files to PC based FTP Server.


LAN Features.htm

Description of LAN standard features: Remote Access (embedded VNC Server), email/SMS text on alarm, FTP of Historical Data files (embedded FTP client), Web page (embedded web page server) & Atomic Clock time/date update


Printing Functions:

Print Data Views, Historical Data files including Data Log files, Alarm files, Audit Trail files, Recipe files, etc.


System Security & Audit Trail.htm:

Multi level Security & Audit Trail Setup.

File Utilities.htm:
Import/Export Data Log, Schedule, Alarm & Audit directories from Compact Flash Card to I-Stick Memory via USB port.

System User Settings.htm:

User Configurable FDC-2010-K5C Settings: Decimal Point, Control Tuning, LAN settings, Input Offsets, Temperature Alarm Setpoints, Remote I/O Monitor, Degrees C/F, Setpoint Limits, Force System outputs allowing easy testing of all outputs without running control system, Kiln mode Fan Direction & Dwell Times, Kiln mode Schedule Recovery [Power Loss] and more.


OEM System Configuration.htm:

OEM FDC-2010-K5C Control System Configuration as Kiln only, Pallet Heat-Treat only or Combination Kiln & Pallet Heat-Treat control system. Configure control outputs as relay on/off or analog output; Configure Linear Outputs as either Control or Retransmission of Dry & Web Bulb setpoints or temperatures; Names for Digital Inputs, Control & Alarm Outputs, Event Outputs; Configure up to 7 DI that can disable Control outputs and logic [schedule hold, heat enable, Fans, Spray Auto, etc.]; Configure additional Monitor / Core Temperature inputs


On-Line Demo.htm

Information to schedule an on-line demonstration of the FDC-2010-K5C control system



Information on multi-language Help screens, Audio output and on-board tools to troubleshoot control system.


Energy Saving.htm

Review of features that if connected to 3rd party energy monitoring devices (Load Monitor / Shedding) to reduce energy costs by wiring digital inputs to start/stop/hold schedules and/or disable specific outputs until appropriate.


I-Stick Panel Mount Mounting Adapter.htm

Panel Mount USB Adapter, standard and Nema 4X, providing front panel access to USB port for memory I-Stick and/or printing direct from the FDC-2010-K5C interface.


FDC-2010-K5C Hardware Dimensions & Specifications.htm

Dimensional Drawings, mechanical specifications and sample wiring diagrams.


FDC-2010-K5C Contact Techncial Support and Touch Screen Software Updates.htm

Contact information & links to download touch screen software updates.

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