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AUTOMATION SOFTWARE UPGRADE
Opto 22's PAC Project 8.5 is the latest version of the company's flagship automation software suite that includes control programming, HMI development, OPC connectivity and database integration components. In addition, the software supports the company's recently introduced Wired+Wireless controllers and I/O, which allow users to assign IP addresses to the hardware's wireless LAN interface, configure secure encryption, and test wireless signal strength.
SIEMENS DRIVER + .NET
Automated Solutions recently added a new Siemens S7 Ethernet driver to its ASComm.NET component for industrial communications. ASComm.NET now implements driver support for Siemens S7 via Ethernet, A-B Logix family of processors via Ethernet, A-B PLC5, SLC500, MicroLogix via Ethernet, Modbus/TCP Master and GE SRTP Ethernet. ASComm.NET is a .NET component that provides the communication link between .NET applications and industrial controllers, PLCs and instrumentation. ASComm.NET provides HMI/SCADA developers and machine builders with a runtime-free option for creating HMI, control and supervisory control applications in Visual Studio.NET. It can be used in Windows, console, service, WPF and web applications. All drivers are self-contained; no third-party driver purchase is required.
Canary Trend Historian version 8.0 eases the task of collecting, storing, managing and automatically validating vast quantities of time-series data. Available in either a 32-bit or 64-bit versions, it has been redesigned to maximize performance, providing the industry's highest capacities and throughputs. Features include writing performance exceeding 3.6 million updates (TVQs) per second; reading performance exceeding 13 million updates (TVQs) per second. Both 64-bit and 32-bit versions are available. One hundred to 1 million-plus tags are available to accommodate the smallest to the largest systems. It is also OPC-HDA-compliant.
PLOTTING AND ANALYSIS SOFTWARE
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Analyse-Plus allows users to plot and analyze data to make quick conclusions regarding variability and process control, tuning and diagnosing problems with tuning, valves or instrumentation. Analyse-Plus allows plotting individual or over-laid plots with multiple y-axis labels including statistics, zooming, Fourier analysis (frequency and period scales) and auto- and cross-correlation. Data can be imported and exported via DDE Send/Receive or DDE Server or through text files.
IMAGE CAPTURE FOR LOAD TRACEABILITY
MI Payload weighing software that stores and presents photographic images to improve validation and traceability within a business. Images of vehicles, drivers and commodities can be stored in the database and presented to an operator during the weighing process. By comparing with live video feeds, the operator is able to identity the person, load and truck, reducing the likelihood of misidentification through operator mistakes or even fraudulent intent. MI Payload also allows the operator to capture the live image and have a permanent visual record of an individual transaction.
The new nanoNavigator 2.0, for use with Phoenix Contact's nanoLine controller, adds relay ladder logic (RLL) programming in addition to the easy-to-program flow chart language in the original version. nanoNavigator 2.0 allows expanded programming flexibility because each project can consist of flowchart and RLL chart sub-projects. These can be composed of any combination of flowcharts or RLL charts up to a maximum of 16 charts. nanoNavigator 2.0 is backwards-compatible with all existing nanoLine base stations as of FW 101. The RLL language is well suited for simple parallel processing tasks, such as lighting control, while flowchart programming offers easier handling of more advanced instructions. nanoNavigator is free to download from www.nanonavigator.com.
EASY BIN MONITORING
SiloTrack material inventory management software provides users with an unsurpassed, easy-to-use and flexible graphical interface for Monitor's continuous bin-level measurement sensors. SiloTrack uses the SiloPatrol SE Model SMU smart cable-based level sensors and/or the Flexar guided wave radar level sensors. SiloTrack monitors up to 128 sensors and displays distance, level, volume, weight, percent, alarm, relay and sensor status.