TOP Server V6.2 for Wonderware - Siemens S7 Ethernet Auto-Tag Generation

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 17, 2017 2:00:00 PM

There are some nice, time-saving updates available in TOP Server V6.2.  In case you happened to miss it, I did a high-level post shortly after the release giving you an overview of the four biggest features from V6.2 - click here to see that post.

Today, I'd like to go into the latest update to the Siemens S7 Ethernet driver in TOP Server V6.2.  Keep reading to find out about updates to the automatic tag generation functionality in the S7 Ethernet driver for supporting the latest Siemens programming package, TIA Portal.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Video Tutorial: Using Registers in an OmniServer Protocol

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 10, 2017 2:00:00 PM

A Register Number is a time-saving special OmniServer element that allows you to configure one item that is requesting the same type of memory or offset in a device instead of one item for each memory or offset location.

In this video blog, I show you how to get started using registers to more efficiently build an OmniServer protocol without having to manually create an item for every piece of data whenever possible.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, OPC UA, OPC, Protocols

TOP Server V6.2 for Wonderware - Mitsubishi Ethernet Expanded Model Support

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Aug 3, 2017 2:00:00 PM

There are several useful updates available with TOP Server V6.2.  In case you missed it, I did a high-level post giving you an overview of the four biggest features from the V6.2 release - click here to see that post.

Today, I'd like to give you a more detailed review of the current model support available in the Mitsubishi Ethernet driver in TOP Server V6.2.  Keep reading to find out about new device model support and previous read and write performance enhancements that also apply for these newest models of Mitsubishi controllers.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Did You Know? OmniServer Topic Variables Can Turn One Protocol into 100

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jul 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Do you have a multitude of non-standard devices with unique identifiers such as a Device IDs or Node IDs that must be sent as part of all protocol messages to communicate with each device?  If so, you could certainly accomplish this by hard coding your Device/Node IDs as part of each message in your OmniServer protocol and simply have a separate protocol for each device.

But OmniServer has a better way:  Topic Variables.  In this sixth post in our “OmniServer Did You Know?” blog series, you'll learn how to use Topic Variables to create one flexible protocol that you can use across any number of devices using the same communication protocol.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols

Video Tutorial: Integrating Wellsite Equipment using WITS Protocol

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

The Wellsite Information Transfer Specification (WITS) is a communications format used for the transfer of a wide variety of wellsite data from one computer system to another.  This oil/gas industry standard is recognized by a number of companies internationally and is supported by many hardware devices and software applications used at wellsites around the globe.

In this video blog, I show you how to get started using our communications driver for WITS Level 0 Active protocol to integrate data from your wellsite devices into Wonderware applications.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, WITS

Did You Know? You Can Initialize Your Device with OmniServer

Posted by Marc Holbach on Jul 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Does your non-standard instrument connected to your COM1 serial port refuse to communicate without being told how? Do you need to tell the instrument what bank of memory to use before you can extract any data? Does the instrument require setup parameters before it will work? Do you not want to script this in your client application, and don’t want to expect a user to manually initialize a device before doing anything else?

With OmniServer, there is an auto-activated message flag that's exactly the feature you have been looking for when communicating with your non-standard devices and instrumentation.  This fifth post in our "OmniServer Did You Know?" blog series focuses on how to use OmniServer's setting for auto-activating a command protocol message to initialize communications with your device automatically on startup.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols

Have CODESYS V3 Devices? TOP Server V6.2 for Wonderware

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jun 29, 2017 2:00:00 PM

There are some great new updates now available with TOP Server V6.2.  In case you missed it, I did a high-level post giving you an overview of the four biggest features from the V6.2 release - click here to see that post.

In this post, I'll give you a more detailed review of the updates to the new CODESYS Ethernet driver in TOP Server V6.2.  Used extensively by controller manufacturers when creating custom firmware isn't scalable, CODESYS continues to grow in usage globally. Keep reading to find out more about specific features of the CODESYS Ethernet driver.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Did You Know? Monitoring OmniServer Polling Statistics

Posted by Marc Holbach on Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

A common question I run into when talking to OmniServer users is "How can I gain more visibility into what is going on with my OmniServer."  After all, a primary concept for an OPC Server is to be invisible – to be a transparent converter between the protocol used by a device, and that used by your SCADA or HMI (i.e. OPC, Wonderware SuiteLink, etc.).

While there are a number of answers to how you can be more aware of what is going on with your system, this fourth post in our "OmniServer Did You Know?" blog series focuses on the importance of system tags, and specifically how they can be used in the OmniServer to query the health of the server as a whole, as well as individual device connections.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration, Protocols, Troubleshooting

Top 4 TOP Server V6.2 Features to Be Excited About

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jun 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

You've probably received one of my emails or possibly heard from a colleague about the latest TOP Server released on June 8 – so you may have a general idea of the key new features in the TOP Server V6.2 release.

In this blog, I'll go through the biggest four features released in V6.2 in more detail and how they benefit you as a TOP Server user.

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Topics: Wonderware, Device Integration

Minimizing the Effort & Expense of Building ArchestrA Graphics

Posted by Kevin Rutherford on Jun 8, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Although Wonderware has many powerful tools with wizards and other time-saving capabilities, designing visually dynamic and attractive graphics can still be an intimidating, time-consuming task for many reasons, especially when you aren’t a graphic or CAD designers. Given the typical level of customization required (with the resultant time/effort involved), creating graphics can eat up a big chunk of a project pretty quickly with respect to both time and budget.

And, even over time, if you're an integrator (or even a user with a larger enterprise) focused on a vertical industry where a lot of the same graphics could be reusable, having the ability to avoid rework and additional effort is key to reducing costs and maximizing revenue.

If you're nodding and interested in a more efficient method of generating ArchestrA graphics for your Wonderware systems, keep reading to learn how to reduce your efforts and the resultant cost of creating ArchestrA graphics by leveraging existing graphics sources.

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Topics: Wonderware, software, graphics

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