We are new to the NI product line and are considering their products for the following application. Currently no hardware (PLCs,PCs, touchpanels, etc are in place) We just have the machines.
A manufacturing floor has at least 5 machines that each need to be monitored for 4 conditions. At this point they do not need to be "controlled" - just monitored. The 4 conditions are (1-3) Down for: maintenance,materials, engineering or (#4)machine running ok. The customer wants a light stack with a different color steady light at each machine for each condition: Orange, red, blue, green, respectively. They also want a key lock switch at each machine to acknowledge a condition. We suggested a touch panel with Password protection. We w ant to offer them a system with or without PLCs (cost comparison). They also want two monitoring stations(PCs) - 1 server & 1 client running WindowsNT. At this point they do not want these PCs incorporated into their network. The customer also wants a LED message display at each machine with approx 3 lines of text indicating the status, time machine down, etc. They would also like a centrally located message display with information about more than one machine.
They want to be notified by paging and possibly by e-mail (using MSOffice).Reports need to be generated also. Historical data logging, etc.. This must be expandable - possibly 10 machines. Which NI product would be most appropriate for this application?