Data Aquisition and Control Systems
Hytec Electronics Ltd has been developing and
producing instrumentation and systems to customer order for over 30 years.
Applications extend from industrial and scientific data loggers; through
plant simulators; to graphics–driven, real–time database control systems.
Incorporated in 1976, the company was formed by Richard Tatham initially
to provide a service for government laboratories such as Culham, Harwell
and NPL and to the Particle Physics market. Building on this experience
the company rapidly expanded into the Public Utility Sector.
Hytec has gained an international reputation with equipment
installed world-wide. The client base includes a wide selection of organisations
in industry, research and commerce (UKAEA, AWE, SERC, National Grid, Power Gen,
National Power, Diamond Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, British Energy
Generation, First Hydro, RGO and major universities).
Open Architectures and Standards
Hytec designs and manufactures to international standards and
provides the hardware and software building bricks for creating advanced
data acquisition and control systems. The first products developed were
CAMAC modules originally specified by the European Nuclear Committee ESONE.
Adopted by the IEEE, this standard achieved world–wide acceptance and
Hytec’s reputation enabled it to become an innovator and a major manufacturer
in this market. Since that time Hytec has dramatically increased its product
range which now includes VME, PCI Express, Canbus, PCI, VXI, BitBus, ISA and
VME64x and Industry Pack plug-in cards.
The modular theme continues in Vsystem, the tool-box of advanced
software components for creating real-time distributed systems with world-leading
performance and which now supports more platforms than any other Process Control
Software. All platforms supported intercommunicate seamlessly and transparently
to the user. Applications running on one system have equal access to any
real-time database mapped anywhere on their network.
We also sell HP computers and manufacture blade industrial
Hytec's capabilities embody hardware, software and system
engineering allowing comprehensive service and support to be provided for
From the client’s specification or Hytec’s design. (This
may include: project management, development, manufacturing testing,
installation and commissioning.)
Our software engineers implement sophisticated system
drivers in all the leading operating systems to support our hardware.
Software application engineers consult, design and implement complex
control and data acquisition solutions.
Specialisations include, system software, databases and
graphical displays; applications using high level languages; real–time
machine code device drivers.
Our expertise covers not only new technology systems
integrating with process and management information systems, but also
re-configuring and re-using existing plant interface hardware to enable
legacy systems to live on with the latest generation computer hardware
and software technology.
Module Design and Build
Our hardware engineers design and manufacture high
specification analogue and digital instrumentation for the harshest
of industrial and research environments. Standard designs available
off the shelf include: ADCs - 8bits at 1.0GHz through to to 24bits
at 10Hz, DACs - 18bits at 100uS, counters up to 100MHz, timing to
10pS jitter, isolated de-bounced digital input systems, isolated
and direct output, serial data links...
If a suitable product is not in the Hytec range,
Hytec can design, develop, build and test a custom product.
Facilities for low volume production from other designs are also
available, and we have a lot of experience of buying specialist
modules from the world’s suppliers at attractive prices.
Maintenance and Support
Service Level agreements (SLA), on–site and
telephone assistance with either a contract or "as required" levels
of service. This includes system engineering, application advice,
maintenance, updates and module repair.
Standard, tailored, special and hands–on training are
all available to meet the client’s requirements.
Applications and Users
Solutions have been implemented in a wide range of applications including:–
- Synchrotron Control Systems.
- Health Physics Area Monitoring.
- Remote, Precision Positioning Crane Control.
- Ultrasonic Non–Destructive Testing.
- Building Functional Management.
- Experimental Pipeline Inspection Control.
- Nuclear Pulse Height Analysis.
Hytec’s products and services have been incorporated into:–
- Training Simulators.
- Instrumentation and Monitoring.
- Power Station Control.
- Analogue Scanners.
- Data Acquisition and Reduction.
- Critical Timing Systems for Large Lasers.
- Telescope Control.
These applications have been realised in many environments and industries encompassing:–
- Research and Laboratory Automation.
- Power Industry.
- Steel, Coal.
- Electronics, Avionics.
- Oil, Gas, Water.
- Universities and Education.
Hytec’s goal is to provide quality products, through attention
to detail, and this is reflected across the large product range which includes:–
- Control Environments, Data Loggers.
- Application Software, Graphics, Mimics, Displays.
- Computer Interfaces, List Processors.
- Communications, Data Links and LANs.
- Peripheral Controllers, Drivers and MCAs.
- Isolated Input/Output Analogue or Digital.
Agents and Distributors
Hytec has representation throughout the world. Coverage is
continually being improved by updating the country contact list. For your
local country contact please call Hytec in the U.K. Currently the expanding
list of countries covered includes:–
For further information, visits and demonstrations Contact Us
Our policy is one of continuous product development and the
right is reserved to supply equipment which may vary slightly from that described.