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

Industrial Communications Protocols Matter: Focus on Troubleshooting

Posted by Marc Holbach on Feb 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

At its core, a communication protocol is just the ‘language’ that devices speak, right? Just a collection of rules that govern how components of a system are going to interact with each other, and what the capabilities of the system might look like.

In this post, I will discuss why you should bother learning anything about communication protocols in the first place. I will discuss the value of knowing what a communication standard is and why some people (myself included) commit so much time to learning them.

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Topics: Device Integration, Protocols, Troubleshooting

TOP Server Features to Be Excited About - Building Automation Suite

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Feb 2, 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.  Existing users can tell you that all of the major manufacturers such as Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Mitsubishi and so many more are conveniently organized into driver suites.

But what about specific industries such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Building Automation or IT & Infrastructure?  TOP Server 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 Building Automation Suite including several great features that should make your lives easier in TOP Server V6.0.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

OmniServer V3.0 - New Topic Wizard

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The latest OmniServer released in October – 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.

This second blog post in a series about specific V3.0 features will detail one of those usability enhancements - the new Topic Wizard - designed to increase your efficiency and the ease of getting started when you're working with OmniServer to integrate your non-standard process devices.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server Features to Be Excited About - IT & Infrastructure Suite

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jan 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

With TOP Server, one of the key strengths 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.  There are, of course, all of the major manufacturers such as Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Mitsubishi and so many more organized into driver suites.

But what about specific industries such as Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Building Automation or IT & Infrastructure?  TOP Server has 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 IT & Infrastructure 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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