How Control Software Expands Possibilities

While Demand Grows for Platforms That Include HMI, Logic and Communications, Today's Systems Make Machine Builders and End Users More Aware of Open-Architecture Benefits

By Rick Pedraza, Managing Editor, Digital Media

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ICS Triplex ISaGRAF
(450) 445 3353

Done in Five Clicks
OPC Extender enables any .NET component to connect to process data using the OPC Data Access standard without writing code. No specialized user interface visualization components are required. Live data can be up and going in as few as five mouse clicks. It enables rapid OPC client development in Visual Studio 2003 or 2005, and OPC-enables any component in your .NET environment.
Software Toolbox
(704) 849-2773

Space-Saving Control
IndraMotion MTX platform offers a compact controller-based CNC solution for high-production machining centers, handling systems, or simple auxiliary units. Up to eight axes in two NC channels process up to 200 NC blocks/sec. The system has 16 inputs/outputs and capacity to integrate additional I/O ports. Features include network communication via Ethernet or fieldbuses such as Profibus and DeviceNet, and SERCOS. A Profibus-DP master/slave interface is available.
Bosch Rexroth
(847) 645-3600

Agile as a Cat
TwinCat remote synchronization software streamlines system design of multi-axis machines. The software includes special techniques for synchronizing NC axes (distributed axes) and electronic gearing of axes on separate controllers. Functions automatically make corrective adjustments for drift between two connected systems. Several industrial controls programming environments are available that comply with IEC 61131-3 global standards.
Beckhoff Automation
(952) 890-0000

Root-Out the Problem
Intune v.5 predictive maintenance software provides a tool for process analysis, web-based reporting, and problem correction. A complete scripting engine supports VBScript and JScript, turning raw data and statistics into metrics for optimized control and predictive maintenance schemes. Reports feature ActiveX controls for interactive, customizable analysis and a web server to view and manage all reports over the LAN. Performance monitoring and assessment indicates gaps between current, and identifies and prioritizes the root causes of process control problems.
ControlSoft
(440) 443-3900

Can You Hear Me Now?
ASComm.NET communications software provides a runtime-free option for creating Windows-based control and supervisory control applications in Visual Studio.NET. It supports multiple industrial protocols, including A-B, Modbus, GE, and AutomationDirect, and provides the communications link between Windows-based .NET applications and industrial controllers, PLCs and instrumentation.
Automated Solutions
(707) 575-9631

Good Documentation
DirectSoft5 PLC programming software features modularized instructions that perform simple to complex ladder logic. Categories include memory, discrete and analog helpers, math, communications, and CTRIO high-speed counters. The IBox instruction feature is compatible with DirectLogic DL05, DL06, D2-250-1, D2-260, and D4-450 CPUs with supporting firmware. Documentation can be exported to touch panels to use as tag names in the panel project.
AutomationDirect
(800) 633-0405

Alone or in Groups
MPI 3.04 motion control software facilitates integration of real-time motion with vision or high-speed I/O. Features include an integrated C library; low latency command-to-motion execution; and a deterministic network master with node self-enumeration, redundant fault tolerance and event management. Motors, drives and I/O modules can be removed and reinstalled to the live network individually or in groups for off-line service or upgrades without process interruption. Sixty-four-bit position resolution allows advanced control of high-resolution axes such as precision linear motors.
Danaher Motion
(866) 993-2624

Embedded Control
SoftPLC version 4.1 runs on embedded Linux with real-time extensions. The open-architecture control software features ladder logic control, including A-B program/document imports; communications interfaces to virtually all HMIs, drives, and industrial networks; and a rich set of I/O drivers for interface to devices and bus networks. An embedded PLC/SCADA firewall secures communications.
SoftPLC
(800) softplc

Design and Deploy
LabView 8.20 graphical development platform for control, test and embedded system development allows object-oriented programming, user interface development, code connectivity to DLLs, and .NET web services. Features include advanced analysis and control; distributed system management; new targets for HMIs; high-speed file I/O; and the ability to use M-files written in MatLab language syntax . The platform provides Ethernet-based communications for distributed systems and open communication to existing hardware and software through native Modbus and OPC support.
National Instruments
(800) 258-7022

PC-Based SoftLogic Controller
Adam-5510KW softlogic controller features a MultiProg-IEC 61131-compliant softlogic control engine with large memory capacity, multiple communication interfaces, and user-friendly configuration tools. Features include a graphical programming interface; cross-programming language compiling capability; and built-in Modbus/RTU master and slave. It supports up to 128 local I/O points and handles typical Modbus/RTU remote I/O modules. Three serial ports, including one RS-485 and two RS-232/485 ports, are included.

Advantech
(513) 742-8895

Intuitive Configuration Software
H-Designer configuration software guides users through all aspects of project creation using Windows formats and fonts. The configurator selects between thumbnail and detailed zoomed views, and the software supports ladder programming or macro creation, allowing data changes to the controller and I/O setting/resetting.
Beijer Electronics
(888) 350-1306

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