TOP Server V6.0 - What's a Config API?

Posted by John Weber on Dec 1, 2016 2:00:00 PM

If you’ve seen any of our other posts on TOP Server V6 and its new capabilities, you may have seen us mention the Configuration API.  Unless you’re a developer, you may have been wondering what is that and why would I care?  We’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many of our users have had an interest in this new feature.

Today in this post, I will explore in more detail what an API is, what the configuration API does, how it works at a high level, and provide examples of the type of applications people are using it for.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - New Localized Language Support

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I'm sure you've heard about the latest TOP Server released on November 15.  There are some very exciting new features now available with TOP Server V6.0.  In case you missed it, I did another high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the V6.0 release - click here to see that post.

Today, I'd like to give you an in-depth look at the brand new support for localized languages now included with TOP Server V6.  This support lays the groundwork for additional languages in the future, so if you've always wished TOP Server was available in languages other than English, keep reading to find out how extensive the language implementations are.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - New, Improved Licensing In-Depth

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 18, 2016 1:18:35 PM

I'm sure you've probably heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server just released on November 15.  And there's a good chance you've received one or more of my mailings announcing the release of TOP Server V6.0, the new features and other changes.  And, in case you missed it, I did another high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the V6.0 release - click here to see that post.

Now, let's take a more in-depth look at the substantial improvements made to the licensing for TOP Server V6.0.  If you've ever said you wished it was easier to license TOP Server, you're going to love this.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

TOP Server V6.0 - The New User Interface In-Depth

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I'm sure that, by now, you've at least heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server just released on November 15 – TOP Server V6.0.  In case you missed it, I did another high-level post giving you an overview of the five biggest features from the release - click here to see that post.

Now, let's take an in-depth look at the enhancements made to the user interface itself.  New users will find the enhancements very user-friendly and existing users will appreciate the thought that's gone into increasing productivity without sacrificing existing knowledge about configuring TOP Server.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Top 5 TOP Server V6.0 Features to Be Excited About

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Nov 15, 2016 8:05:00 AM

By now, I'm sure you've at least heard about the latest and greatest TOP Server just released on November 15 – so you've likely received one or more of our mailings announcing the release of TOP Server V6.0.

And you're probably asking, “If I’ve already read those emails, what more is this blog post going to tell me?”  Keep reading to find out more specific details about five of the most exciting features in TOP Server V6.0.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Analyzing OPC UA Communications Using Wireshark

Posted by Colson Dunlap on Oct 24, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As more and more companies are making the switch from OPC-DA to OPC-UA, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to troubleshoot OPC-UA communications.     One of the easiest ways to analyze the communication between an OPC-UA client and server is to use Wireshark.

This blog will cover step-by-step how to use Wireshark to troubleshoot communications between your OPC-UA client and server applications.

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Topics: Device Integration, OPC UA, OPC

Is Your OPC Tunneler Compatible with Any OPC Application?

Posted by Win Worrall on Oct 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

It's common in the automation space to just throw out the term "OPC" without any qualifiers when talking about what a software solution supports with respect to open connectivity to other software.  But what does "OPC" mean for your specific software solution?

This blog post will discuss how important it is to know what an OPC tunneling solution is actually compatible with when talking about "OPC" since not all tunneling solutions use the same methods.

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Topics: Device Integration, Tunneling, OPC

Extracting InTouch History Data (LGH) Made Easy

Posted by Marc Holbach on Oct 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

A key feature of any HMI package is the ability to not only show the current state of your control system, but to then store that information for historic purposes. But what good is historical data when you can’t easily access it? How can historical data result in process improvements, financial returns, or increases in efficiency if you’re not accessing it?

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Topics: Wonderware

How Much Experience Does Your Tunneler Solution Have?

Posted by Win Worrall on Oct 4, 2016 2:00:00 PM

There’s nothing like knowing that you aren’t alone, and someone else has had the same problems or successes that you have in similar situations.  That's just as true in the industrial automation world as it is in life.

This blog post will discuss how the peace of mind garnered from case studies and real-world examples when choosing a tunneling solution can be a deciding factor.

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Topics: Case Studies, Device Integration, Tunneling, OPC

Introduction to OPC UA Seminar

Posted by Marc Holbach on Sep 27, 2016 2:15:46 PM

The OPC UA specification is an evolution on the original OPC Classic specifications that has been designed by the OPC Foundation to supplement, but not render obsolete the existing OPC standards such as DA, HDA, & A&E.  OPC UA is designed to make enterprise-level integration easier, while ensuring compatibility and interoperability with existing OPC DA, HDA, and A&E servers and clients. OPC expert Marc Holbach gives a seminar on all of the details below.

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Topics: OPC UA, OPC

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