July 20, 2001 β Wonderware, a unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) group of Invensys, plc, has announced the release of new Version 7.11 upgrades for multiple components of its FactorySuiteβ’ 2000 industrial automation software family.
The revisions include enhancements to the InTouchβ’ human-machine interface (HMI), the InTrackβ’ manufacturing execution system (MES) and the InControlβ’ real-time application engine.
InTouch 7.11 provides major enhancements for alarm and alarm logging systems, including a new Distributed Alarm Subsystem that enhances configuration and handling of alarms and replaces older NetDDE technology with TCP/IP functionality β which reduces CPU and network traffic while improving alarm update rates. The new subsystem incorporates three modes of acknowledgment:
Β· Condition-oriented alarms, which is the new name for βtraditionalβ alarm-handling.
Β· Event-oriented alarms that support compatibility with the OPC alarm model.
Β· Expanded summary alarms that support acknowledgment of every individual transition into and out of an alarmed state.
In the new release, InTouch introduces the concept of alarm βprovidersβ and alarm βconsumers.β Providers handle determination of alarm conditions and publishing of alarms to the distributed alarm system. Consumers are client entities that subscribe to and receive the alarm information from the distributed alarm system. The new alarm subsystem comes with an Alarm Toolkit that enables custom enhancement of InTouch systems by tailoring providers and consumers to particular applications. All alarms receive up-to-the-millisecond time stamping within SuiteLink.
In addition, InTouch 7.11 supports Windows Terminal Services and Terminal Services Advanced Client, providing users with the easier deployment, lower cost and centralized maintenance aspects of thin client InTouch versions. The new version supports both Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 (SP6) operating systems. It offers a new Tagname Browser that allows users to select tagnames and fields from any FactorySuite application for easier application development. It has a new Application Explorer that provides direct access to all scripts, thus further extending ease of use to script functions.
InTrack 7.11 provides new abilities for deployment through browser clients and on mobile wireless devices, permitting users to port their existing work-in-process (WIP) tracking applications to Internet and remote users without costly re-engineering efforts. The new InTrack version supports Windows 2000 and Windows Terminal Services to permit the deployment of MES applications in thin client installations. In addition to supporting Microsoft SQL Server 2000, InTrack also now supports the Oracle Net 8 database connectivity layer, which supports database interface to enterprise applications.
InControl 7.11 has new features that make it a robust control package, with a wide range of connectivity and sophisticated logic execution capabilities for handling complex scripting, discrete and process applications. In addition, it has new capabilities that enhance its use as a scripting engine for the FactorySuite β including a new event-based execution enhancement, support for asynchronous OCX, FB and function calls, runtime engine-specific enhancements and new I/O support for a broad array of control device interfaces.
The new 7.11 versions of FactorySuite modules are already shipping via Wonderware distributors worldwide.
Wonderware, an independent operating unit of the Invensys Software Systems (ISS) Division of Invensys plc, is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation software. Founded in 1987, the company pioneered the use of Microsoft Windows-based, human-machine-interface (HMI) automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Today, Wonderware's mission is to provide integrated software suites that drive the customer's strategic, planning and operational decision-making based on real-time plant floor information.
Recent corporate and product acquisitions have broadened Wonderware's market coverage to range from βsensor to supply chain.β In addition to its HMI and manufacturing execution systems (MES) products, Wonderware offers leading enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions as well as strategic consulting services.
Wonderware is based in Irvine, Calif., and has regional sales and development offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia to provide support to its network of more than 160 independent distributor offices. Wonderware has more than 180,000 successful software installations in more than 30,000 plants worldwide. For more information, visit the companyβs web site at http://www.wonderware.com.
Invensys plc is a global leader in the automation and controls industry. With its head office in London, England it operates in all regions of the world through four focused divisions - software systems, automation systems, power systems and control systems. With more than 90,000 employees, the company's products and services range from advanced control systems and networks for automating industrial plants and controlling the environments of buildings, to electronic devices and controls found in residential buildings and light commercial applications, plus complete power systems for the telecommunications and information technology industries. For more information, visit the Invensys home page at http://www.invensys.com.
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