Rotork Insight 2 Software

First Impressions - Rotork Insight 2 Software Review

by Larry Neal Gowdy - September 9, 2014



Rotork Insight Software V5.3.3

Rotork Insight Software V5.3.3

For over twenty years one of my hobbies has been to download and test new software. After testing thousands of Windows and Linux programs it sometimes feels as though there isn't much of anything new to test, but once in awhile I run across an interesting program that piques my interest.

The Rotork® Insight 2® software is interesting for it being used in industrial settings, specifically for processing controls like what are used in oil, water, and power production. I have a lot of firsthand experience with almost all types of controls - from electrical to plumbing at product costs of a few dollars to thousands of dollars - but I have had almost no personal experience with the 'big boy' controls costing into the tens of thousands of dollars. The Rotork Insight 2 software gives us a peek into what the major production plants use.

The first screenshot is of the older Insight version 5.3.3 software that might more likely be found on older Windows 2000 and XP computers. The second screenshot is of the newer Insight 2 software that is compatible with Windows 8/8.1.

Rotork Insight 2 Software

Rotork Insight 2 Software

The Rotork IQ3 actuators are motor-driven worm drives that open and close processing valves. The valves themselves can be of most any size for controlling pipelines of several inches to around five feet in diameter. The large industrial valves may share some similarities as the 1/4" to 2" valves that I am familiar with, but the larger valves are machined with higher quality materials and require a much greater accuracy of control that only a motor-driven actuator can provide.

The IQ3 actuator's operational data-log can be retrieved through hard-wiring or with a wireless remote and then transferred to the PC through the Insight 2 software. From the PC operator's desk the user can control a whole plant's operation. Additional information and videos of the Rotork IQ3 actuators can be viewed on one page at IQ3 Actuator and additional software information is available on the Rotork Insight 2 page.






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