Process Industries

Set-Point to Use Sixnet Cellular RTUs

August 10, 2011

The RAM 6000 enables remote monitoring and control of critical devices in chemical tank farms by providing a native Modbus interface, software programmability, and secure cellular access.

Ballston Lake, NY, and Portland, OR -- Sixnet, a global market leader of machine-to-machine (M2M) industrial networking solutions, announced that Set-Point Control, an industrial systems integrator, has standardized on the new Sixnet RAM 6000 cellular remote terminal unit (RTU) to deliver its cloud-based SCADA application, IPm WebControl. The technology will be used in critical customer environments, including the remote configuration and monitoring of devices used in chemical tank farms for a multinational chemical company.

The RAM 6000 is a cellular-enabled RTU that provides secure monitoring and control of remote devices. Designed for industrial organizations with equipment located in remote areas, the RAM 6000 combines powerful industrial automation, networking, and security with cellular technologies into a single, compact cellular automation solution. With a built-in Modbus gateway and software development kit (SDK), the RAM 6000 allows users to cost-effectively access critical device data—even when using custom-built software applications—and can easily interface with existing RTUs and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to deliver real-time access to SCADA data from pumps, valves, sensors, and meters.

Set-Point Control used the RAM 6000 SDK to operate its IPm WebControl software, which seamlessly enables a large chemical customer to remotely monitor and control tank farms. By speeding the delivery of critical information regarding tank levels and system performance, the Set-Point customer can instantly make real-time decisions.

"With the RAM 6000 SDK, we are able to easily program IPm WebControl so that our customers can remotely configure and update devices at anytime. Our software keeps track of IP address changes and alerts us if we lose cellular connections, while the unit continues to log data and then backfill that data when connections are reestablished," said Scott McCoy, President of Set-Point Control. "This integrated solution enables industrial customers to quickly deploy units and access real-time data to make informed decisions."

The RAM 6000 delivers flexible, secure communications for critical industrial applications, such as gas distribution, water or chemical tank farm monitoring, solar and wind farm remote installations, and pole-top power distribution. In these environments, monitoring and control is critical for both safety and operational efficiency.

"Many industrial facilities have aging infrastructures that need close monitoring, and in many cases, it is not feasible to reach remote areas with traditional landlines," said Mahesh Patel, Director Of Product Management, Wireless Solutions at Sixnet. "The RAM 6000 provides real-time monitoring and control of multiple PLCs and RTUs at each site across cellular networks, all at a much lower cost than deploying personnel to manually check them across hundreds, sometimes even thousands of miles."

Managed by Sixnet's SixView Manager, the RAM 6000 enables powerful management, configuration and monitoring of multiple devices from a single console. SixView Manager allows customers to remotely update firmware and make field changes to one or many devices at once.

To learn more about the RAM 6000 or other Sixnet products and services, please email

About Sixnet
Celebrating 35 years in operation, Sixnet provides innovative M2M industrial networking solutions that integrate wireless, automation, and switching technologies to better serve customers and markets worldwide. Sixnet's flexible solutions enable organizations to cost-effectively increase business productivity. By integrating powerful enterprise-class networking with rugged reliability, Sixnet meets the standards of the most demanding applications in industries such as power and energy, banking and retail, transportation, video and security, utilities, military, mobile data, maritime, and more. Based in Ballston Lake, NY, the company has offices across North America, Asia, and Europe.

About Set-Point Control
Set-Point Control is an industrial manufacturer's representative and systems integrator. The company sells process equipment, instrumentation, and automation software to customers involved in a variety of different industries across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Since 1996, Set-Point Control has been a scalable control system distributor and solution provider, using Sixnet's IPM controllers and RTU's and Citect SCADA software. For application help or more information, please call 503-255-2775.

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