|MORE EFFECTIVE OPERATORS
Feature Pack 4 of ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA enhances collaboration. It includes four standardized, pre-packaged Extended Operator Workplaces that include all of the necessary hardware and software to make it easier to create high-performance local and remote control centers, a mobile client configuration guide and tablet workplace, an embedded video system and more.
|EXTEND YOUR AUTOMATION
TwinCAT 3.1 offers support for 64-bit operating systems and Microsoft Windows 8. Support of IEC 61131-3 programming languages, object-oriented programming, C/C++ and Matlab/Simulink continues. Users can reserve individual CPU cores of a multicore processor exclusively for TwinCAT. It integrates itself automatically into any existing Visual Studio 2010 or 2012 installations.
|PAC SOFTWARE ADDS SOFTWARE PAC
PAC Project Pro 9.3 is an upgrade to PAC Project software suite that provides control programming, HMI development, OPC connectivity and database integration. PAC Project Pro 9.3 adds SoftPAC, a software-based controller for running a control program on a PC, while OptoDataLink database connectivity software now works with OBDC drivers, SQL Server 2012, MySQL 5.1 and other databases.
Quality AnalytiX is a statistical process control quality analysis suite with an extensive set of SPC calculations, control charts, portal dashboard views and standard quality reports. It offers a wide range of industrial and IT open standards. Users can apply any of the extensive set of SPC calculations to any process variable: X-bar, R-bar, S-bar, sigma, moving average, Cpk, Ppk and more.
Portico software enables users to deploy a network portal for remote visualization, interaction and control of other computers. Via Ethernet and remote frame buffering technology, it extends the transmission of video signals far beyond the traditional limits of VGA or DVI. Users can establish a single point-to-point connection between a computer and either one or many remotely connected clients.
|TAG YOUR ASSETS WELL
TagWell is a configurable bidirectional platform for remote control and asset management. Using cloud technologies and M2M communications, it offers low-bandwidth communications. Combined with SoftPLC’s industrial controllers and communication gateways, it provides a secure, simple, low-cost way to remotely monitor, control and acquire data, and troubleshoot remote systems.
|GIVE YOUR PLANT ESP
TuneVue is part of the newest release of the PlantESP Loop Performance Monitoring solution. It accurately models highly dynamic process data and identifies opportunities for improved control loop performance. It automatically identifies both open- and closed-loop changes in controller output, and notifies users with specific recommendations for improving controller performance.
LabVIEW 2013 includes native support for the newest hardware from vendors like ARM and Xilinx, enhanced application reliability and quality for complex applications. It also includes streamlined deployment technologies for developers, including a new tool from Wirebird Labs, and delivery of systems on the latest mobile platforms for iOS- and Android-powered tools.
|GATEWAY TO HMI
Rohtek Automation’s Easy-Builder configuration software now offers an efficient way to directly read or modify PLC data from SCADA software via the HMI. EasyBuilder provides the ModBus TCP/IP Gateway feature for setting up the address mapping between MofBus and the PLC. It also enables the SCADA software to directly read or modify PLC data by using the ModBus TCP/IP protocol.
AADvance Workbench 2.0 is a complete design, configuration and maintenance software environment. It has a scalable AADvance controller platform configured to any mix of SIL 1 to SIL 3 simplex, redundant or triplicated safety loops and is well-suited to emergency shutdowns and protection applications for fire and gas. It features a multi-user, multi-controller environment.
|BE A MIMIC
The new MiMiC v3.5 includes MiMiC v3.5 Reactor Object, which can be applied to a wide range of industrial kinetic and catalytic reactors. The Reaction Assistant provides easy configuration of complex chemical reactions. MiMiC Simulation Studio includes a new graphical drawing mode, a simpler way of relocating stream destination, a model recovery feature and more.
|THE HIGH-LEVEL VIEW
The Hierarchy Reporting function in Intune+ v5.8 enables plant personnel to locate the source of process variability problems and determine cause-and-effect relationships. Intune+ creates an overview of a process that identifies the areas where performance of automation equipment or the process is degrading. It gives detailed visibility into control system and process performance.
ProFicient 5.1 manufacturing intelligence platform is powered by a statistical process control (SPC) software analytical engine. Users get heightened visibility across the enterprise with overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) dashboards that display a consistent summary performance metric for executive-level management to monitor and improve manufacturing processes.
The new System Designer tool in Automation Studio 4 includes an automated plausibility check, configures basic parameter settings, and offers effective functions for reusing entire parts of a system. A bidirectional EPlan Electric P8 interface integrates ECAD projects with hardware configurations designed in Automation Studio. It has full support for project modularity and communicates via OPC UA.
B&R Industrial Automation
|PID SIMULATION SOFTWARE
In February 2014, Analyse-Plus data-plotting and analysis software package will have available as an add-on option a PID and process, single-loop simulator as a tuning, troubleshooting and training aid. The simulator has more than 100 user settings for tuning, disturbances, noise, feed-forward, digital filtering, actuator non-linearity and for output to VFD pumps, valves or electric actuators.
Givens Control Engineering
|DON’T BE LOCKED OUT
Link360 desktop software for lockout/tagout programs allows users to create, edit, save and print lockout/tagout procedures. Long-form procedures can now have images across the top of the procedure and within individual lockout steps. It also offers positioned arrows on the procedure’s images for annotating lockout locations, direct editing and managed storage for easy lockout/tagout retrieval.
AxiomTrend empowers operators, engineers and managers to use a common analytical tool for viewing both real-time and historical data. It is an intuitive and easy-to-use data analysis client capable of delivering the rich content desired by today’s diverse user community. Features include scrolling to different points in time, easy configuration of legend areas, colors, fonts, scales, limits and more.
|CALL A COPPER FOR SWITCHGEAR DESIGN
The “Copper” add-on module for EPlan Pro Panel Professional allows design, configuration and virtual assembly of control cabinets and necessary busbar systems. Users can simply transfer the results of the design process into the Eplan overall project for further virtual setup and assembly. Any busbar and associated connecting elements can be designed and assembled virtually.