Do you have a Siemens PLC system? If you do, take a look at our latest video: groov your Siemens.
The video shows just how easy it is to build an operator interface to monitor or even control your Siemens equipment from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It's Your system on your mobile.
Opto 22 engineer Ben Orchard walks you through the setup in three steps:
- 1. Add tags from Siemens controller to the tag server.
- 2. Import tags to groov.
- 3. Attach tags to gadgets.
Watch the video, and then download your free trial of groov Server for Windows and try it for yourself.
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We have some updated developer toolkits and utilities to help you in the new year, and all are free downloads.
PAC-DEV-OPTOMMP-CPLUS is a C++ developer toolkit for Windows, Linux, and OS X. ActiveX controls are included as well. The toolkit lets you use programming tools such as Visual Basic or C++ to communicate with the memory map in Opto 22 Ethernet-based brains and controllers that use the OptoMMP protocol.
That includes all SNAP PAC EB brains and SNAP PAC controllers, both standalone and rack mounted. This toolkit can also be used to communicate with older Opto 22 Ethernet-based products, like E1 and E2 brain boards, SNAP Ethernet I/O, and SNAP-LCE controllers. (Please note that in a controller, the toolkit does not communicate with PAC Control strategy tags; it communicates only with the memory map and Scratch Pad.)
The new PAC-DEV-OPTOMMP-CPLUS supports Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2K as well as Linux and OS X (for details see the PAC-DEV-OPTOMMP-CPLUS product page on our website). It replaces two older toolkits with part numbers IOP-DEV-OPTOMMP and IOP-DEV-OPTOMMP-LX.
Support for Windows 8 has been added to two more existing developer toolkits:
- PC-PAMUX-SDK toolkit—for high-speed control of digital and/or analog I/O points, using a PCI-AC51 or PCIe-AC51 adapter card and a Pamux brain (B4, B5, B6, SNAP-B4, or SNAP-B6).
- PC-DIRECT-SDK toolkit—for direct, high-speed control of hundreds of digital I/O points without using a brain (I/O processor), using a PCI-AC5 or PCIe-AC5 adapter card.
Updated troubleshooting utilities are available for Pamux systems:
And these free utilities offer diagnostic help for PCI-AC5 and PCIe-AC5 adapter cards connected directly to I/O:
Learn new strategies to help your business succeed (and escape the winter cold) at the 18th annual ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum, February 10-13, in Orlando, Florida.
And while you're there, stop by Opto 22's booth to see a live demonstration of how easy it is to build a mobile operator interface for your automation system with groov.
This year's forum explores a host of potentially disruptive technologies that affect industrial companies: mobility, wireless, the Internet of Things, predictive analytics, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, and 3D visualization. In addition, companies like yours face rapid changes in government regulations, energy and raw materials availability, markets, and competition.
What strategies can you adopt to take advantage of new technologies and thrive in this sea of change? Come to the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum and find out. This year's event is entitled Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise, and Opto 22 is pleased to be a sponsor as well as an exhibitor.
A recent OptoForum post (in the groov forum, of course) talks about two new gadget improvements in groov 2: a new feature for an existing gadget and a new gadget.
The new feature is a Vertical option for the Divider gadget, so you can group elements in your operator interface by separating ones next to each other as well as ones above and below each other.
The vertical option is especially useful on tablets or computers, where you have more screen real estate across the page.
The new Value gadget streamlines interface development when all you need is a simple value displayed on the screen. It defaults to a standard two decimal places, so all you have to do is add a label and tag it.
For more about these gadget improvments—and arguments about why we're sure the Value gadget won't completely replace the Text Area gadget—see the Also New in groov 2 OptoForum post.
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