TOP Server V6.1 - What is the New Siemens Plus Suite?

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Apr 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

There are some powerful new features now available with TOP Server V6.1.  In case you missed it, I did a high-level post giving you an overview of the six biggest features from the V6.1 release - click here to see that post.

Today, I'd like to give you an in-depth look at the new Siemens Plus Suite now available in TOP Server V6.1.  Over the past few years, we've heard from many of you that you need the latest functionality and connectivity for Siemens controllers. Keep reading to find out how our latest suite for Siemens connectivity provides the options you've been looking for.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Top 6 TOP Server V6.1 Features to Be Excited About

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Apr 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You've likely already heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server just released on April 4 – so you've likely received one or more of our mailings announcing the release of TOP Server V6.1.

And I certainly wouldn't blame you for asking, “If I’ve already read those emails, what more is this blog post going to tell me?”  I urge you to keep reading to find out more specific details about six of the most exciting features available in TOP Server V6.1.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Video Tutorial: Securely View & Control USB Cameras with Cogent DataHub

Posted by Win Worrall on Apr 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

With the release of Cogent DataHub Version 8, we have had a lot of interest in new USB camera support functionality. The following short video blog demonstrates step-by-step just how easy it is use the Cogent DataHub to establish a connection to a USB Camera and then securely tunnel that data to another computer and then create a DataHub WebView page that will allow you to view the camera image and control the camera remotely.
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Topics: Device Integration, Tunneling, Camera

LGH Files Reimagined - New Ways to Leverage InTouch History Files

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Mar 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you're reading this, you likely have some use cases for working with InTouch LGH history files.  A classic way for InTouch users to log historical process data since just about the beginning of InTouch availability, there are still many of you out in the world with some usage of LGH logging to store historical data (or you at least have some legacy files you need to somehow utilize).

This blog post will discuss some unique ways to utilize LGH historical logging beyond the obvious use case of simply historizing process data being collected by InTouch.

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Topics: Wonderware, CSV, LGH

OmniServer V3.0 - Protocol Message Import/Export

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Mar 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You may have heard about the latest OmniServer release – OmniServer V3.0.  OmniServer V3.0 includes enhancements to licensing and support management, as well as, several usability enhancements to the configuration interface including a new topic wizard and updated Configuration User Interface.  Well, we've also recently released a subsequent V3.0 build containing support for CSV import/export of protocol Command/Response Messages.

Continuing our blog series about specific V3.0 features - this blog post will detail the new import/export functionality designed to increase your efficiency and the ease mass editing protocol messaging on larger protocols when you're working with OmniServer to integrate your non-standard process devices.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols

Video Tutorial: Secure OPC UA Connectivity with Cogent DataHub

Posted by Win Worrall on Mar 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

With the release of Cogent DataHub Version 8, we have had a lot of interest in OPC UA connectivity. The following short video blog demonstrates step-by-step just how easy it is to make an OPC UA connection between two DataHub nodes while also demonstrating how to manage security certificates in DataHub when making OPC UA connections.
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Topics: Device Integration, OPC UA

TOP Server Features to Be Excited About - Water & Wastewaster

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Mar 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you've ready any of my other recents posts regarding specific industries, you already understand how one of TOP Server's primary differentiators is the wide variety of different drivers/protocols to choose from for communicating with the multitude of device makes and models out there in the automation world.  Drivers for all of the major PLCs in manufacturing like Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Mitsubishi and many more have always been conveniently organized into driver suites.  But what about options for Water & Wastewater?

Continuing our series about specific industries covered by TOP Server, keep reading to find out specific details about the drivers and features available in TOP Server for the Water & Wastewater industries including several great features that should make your lives easier in TOP Server V6.0.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

DataHub V8 and You - Common Questions & Answers

Posted by Win Worrall on Mar 2, 2017 2:00:00 PM

By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the Cogent DataHub v8 release.  Since announcing the release date, we have had many good questions from existing users like you.

This blog post will address the most common questions we have received and provide the answers you need to plan your DataHub V8 migration.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Security, OPC UA, IT/OT

What Can Cogent DataHub V8 Do For You?

Posted by Win Worrall on Feb 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You may have heard about the upcoming release of Cogent DataHub Version 8 on March 1.  The new features in Version 8 are focused on enabling the Cogent DataHub to deliver high-quality data communication – secure, fast, and fully integrated within the plant and beyond.

In this blog post, to give you a bit more insight into what you can expect, I will provide further details on each of the new features.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Security, OPC UA, IT/OT

TOP Server Features to Be Excited About - Power & Utilities Suite

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Feb 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

One of TOP Server's key differentiators is the wide variety of different drivers/protocols to choose from for communicating with the multitude of device makes and models out there in the automation world.  TOP Server has always had all of the major manufacturers like Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Mitsubishi and many more conveniently organized into driver suites.

So what about specific industries such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Building Automation or IT & Infrastructure?  TOP Server also has convenient vertical industry suites, as well.

Continuing our series about specific industries covered by TOP Server, keep reading to find out specific details about the TOP Server Power & Utilities Suite including several great features that should make your lives easier in TOP Server V6.0.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

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