Did You Know? How to Use Character Translations in OmniServer

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on May 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Those of you who are aware of OmniServer will already know that it is primarily used to retrieve information from devices that use ‘non-standard’ protocols to communicate such as weight scales, barcode readers, and printers.

But were you aware that OmniServer is also capable of handling advanced protocols where the devices send special characters/bytes that need to be handled in a specific way?  In this second post in our "OmniServer Did You Know?" blog series, keep reading to find out how to use a feature called "translations" in OmniServer with certain protocols that require special handling.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols

On-Demand Webinar: What's New in TOP Server for Wonderware V6.1

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on May 11, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You've potentially already heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server - Version 6.1.  You may have read my blog post about the 6 new features to be most excited about already.

But if you'd like to join me, in the following on-demand video blog, I'll step you through the new features that Wonderware users should care about in TOP Server V6.1 beyond what they are and cover how you can benefit from them, as well as, showing you what you can expect in future releases.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, OPC UA

Did You Know? OmniServer Can Retrieve Data From Web Services

Posted by Marc Holbach on May 4, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you are familiar with the OmniServer, you probably already know that it can be used to retrieve information from devices that use ‘non-standard’ protocols to communicate – typically these are your weight scales, barcode readers, and printers.

However, did you know that the OmniServer can also retrieve data that are exposed via web services, or even websites?  Keep reading to find out you can "scrape" web sites or services to integrate useful information into your systems using OmniServer.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols, web service

Need to Integrate CODESYS Devices? TOP Server V6.1 for Wonderware

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Apr 27, 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 a more detailed summary of the features of the new CODESYS Ethernet driver now available in TOP Server V6.1.  Typically used by controller manufacturers for whom creating custom firmware isn't scalable, CODESYS has grown in usage globally over the years. Keep reading to find out more about the CODESYS Ethernet driver both now and what's on the horizon for integrating your CODESYS devices.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

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

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