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Webinar October 18: New SoftPAC Software-based Controller

SoftPAC software-based controller for PC-based control

If your application logs a lot of data, requires intensive mathematical calculations, or continually reads and writes to files, be sure to join us on Thursday, October 18 for a short webinar introducing SoftPAC.

OEMs and machine builders who include a PC in their design—or would like to—should also attend.

In this Introduction to SoftPAC Webinar you'll learn:

  • What SoftPAC is and how it compares to a hardware PAC
  • What applications will benefit from a software controller, and why
  • How to configure and use SoftPAC
  • How to leverage the power of your PC + PAC

Introduction to SoftPAC Webinar
Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. PDT (6:00 p.m. GMT)
Duration: 30 minutes plus Q&A

Register now for Introduction to SoftPAC.

Visitantes a la Exposición Ven lo Viejo y lo Nuevo

Instrumentalia y Opto 22 - AADECA

Cada dos años, la Asociación Argentina de Control Automático (AADECA) organiza en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires una exposición y congreso dedicada exclusivamente al control automático y sistemas de medición.

Este año Dolores Lanatta y Francisco León de Instrumentalia S.A., distribuidor de Opto 22 en Argentina, brindaron asesoramiento en el stand y mostraron la variedad de productos y soluciones de Opto 22 para la automatización industrial. También se dictaron 3 charlas técnicas en los auditorios dispuestos para tal fin. Las mismas estuvieron a cargo de Juan Pablo Gallay de Interlog (distribuidor de Opto 22 en Chile), y la Ing. Norma Rodriguez de Opto 22 en California.

Los visitantes se interesaban en los apps de Opto iPAC y Opto aPAC para sus dispositivos móviles. Estos apps permiten a los ingenieros y a los técnicos descubrir automáticamente sus I/Os y los variables de los sistemas de control de Opto 22 para monitorear y controlar desde sus dispositivos móviles.

Muchos asistentes reconocieron los procesadores anteriores, mistic, usados en aplicaciones alrededor del mundo en los 1990s y que aún hoy siguen trabajando.

Para más información sobre el evento y los productos que se exhibieron, por favor contacte a Instrumentalia: instrumentalia@pemint.com; dlanatta@instrumentalia.com.ar

Don't Forget to Vote—for Automation World Leaders

Automation World Leadership in Automation Program, 2012

Vote for excellence!

Automation World invites automation professionals to recognize innovation, leadership and excellence among suppliers of automation software, technology and products.

Voting ends October 31 on Automation World's Leadership in Automation program, designed to recognize suppliers that make your job easier and your projects better.

Vote now for your favorite automation supplier. We hope it's Opto 22!
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(If Opto 22 isn't your favorite automation supplier, email us and let us know what we can do to become your favorite.)

Tech Tip: FactoryFloor and Windows 7 or Vista

Legacy FactoryFloor automation software suite

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Opto 22 is continuing to support legacy products as long as possible and finding upgrade paths for you when you need them. Many of you have told us about the old, dusty Opto products you continue to rely on. But sometimes new circumstances or applications force a change.

FactoryFloor is a legacy automation software suite that was replaced many years ago by PAC Project. Last updated seven years ago, before Windows Vista and Windows 7 were released, FactoryFloor was never tested on Vista and Win 7 and is not supported on these newer operating systems.

It's best to run FactoryFloor on an OS that we support it on, such as Windows XP or 2000. If that's not possible, we recommend you migrate to PAC Project, which continues to be revised for newer OSes and offers new features as well as support for many older mistic I/O units.

We really don't recommend trying to run FactoryFloor on Vista or Win 7, as results are unpredictable and you do so at your own risk. However, if you do try, this tech tip mentions some symptoms others have seen and offers a few suggestions that may help.

Invalid Path

Symptom: Opening an OptoControl strategy in Win 7 in Configure mode returns an error message that reports the .inf file has an invalid path.

Workaround: This error is caused because Vista and Win 7 use a different version of a .dll named MFC42.dll.

1. Close OptoControl.

2. Go to a Windows XP/2000 computer and search the C:\Windows\System32 folder to find the MFC42.dll file.

3. Copy and paste the file from that computer into the folder on the Vista or Win 7 computer that contains the OptoControl executable. Typically, the path the file goes into is: C:\Program Files\Opto22\FactoryFloorR4.1a

4. Restart the application. The strategy should now open properly.

Controller not Configured or Unable to Communicate

Symptom 1: In OptoControl, OptoDisplay, OptoTerm (any FactoryFloor app that accesses a controller), you receive an error message like this: "Controllers not Configured. Unable to load project. The following controllers are not configured properly: [name of controller]"

Symptom 2: In OptoDisplay Runtime, you receive this error message: "OptoDisplay was unable to communicate to the Service Control Manager and cannot continue."

Workaround: To solve these two issues, the key is to run each FactoryFloor app as an Administrator.

1. Close all FactoryFloor apps.

2. Browse to the folder where the FactoryFloor executable is located (OptoCtrl.exe, OptoTerm.exe, OptoDisC.exe, OptoDisR.exe, and so on).

3. For each FactoryFloor app, right-click the .exe file and choose Properties. Click the Compatibility tab. Under Privilege Level, check the box next to "Run this program as an administrator." Click OK.


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