Software Toolbox announced the release of TOP Server Version 5.8, its OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application offering more than 125 different device drivers. Powered by Kepware, TOP Server 5.8 delivers new drivers and enhancements to the main server, and more than 24 drivers and plug-ins.
TOP Server Version 5.8 adds the new ControlLogix Slave Ethernet driverto the Allen-Bradley Suite of communications drivers. The ControlLogix Slave Ethernet driver provides an alternative method of connectivity for Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLCs, simulating a ControlLogix 5000 series rack containing a single EtherNet/IP module and up to 16 ControlLogix CPUs. Rather than TOP Server sending poll requests for data to ControlLogix PLCs, those ControlLogix controllers can now be configured to automatically send value updates.
TOP Server 5.8 also provides updated firmware revision support for the ControlLogix Ethernet driver. TOP Server now supports ControlLogix firmware revisions up through Revision 20, ensuring compatibility with the latest ControlLogix CPUs and programming functionality.
TOP Server 5.8 is available for download or as an upgrade for users with active support and maintenance contracts at http://www.toolboxopc.com.