iba AG enhances software for data acquisition by two new interfaces
With the new TwinCAT-Xplorer interface, the user has access to Beckhoff controllers with the Beckhoff-ADS protocol. It supports the TwinCAT versions 2 and 3. As for most of the ibaPDA-PLC-Xplorer interfaces, the signals to be measured can be selected by their symbolic names in ibaPDA‘s symbol browser. All symbols that are stored in the controller or in a symbol file are available.
There is another new interface designed for B&R controllers, e.g. the X20 system. Here, the signals to be measured can also be selected as symbols in ibaPDA‘s symbol browser. As a prerequisite for the use, the B&R PVI Manager has to be installed and licensed. The PVI Manager is not included in the ibaPDA-PLC-Xplorer license.
Acquiring the measurement values directly on the controller
Both systems benefit from the advantages of the ibaPDA-PLC-Xplorer: the software acquires the signals of a controller without the installation of further hardware or software components. No interventions in the control system are needed. A total of 64 digital or analog signals from up to 16 independent controllers can be recorded with the basic version. With appropriate licensing options, the system can be extended to much larger numbers of signals – up to several thousand. Moreover, more interfaces, analog connections and field bus sniffers can be integrated with appropriate additional components. This can turn out to be a major advantage in automation environments with different controllers by various manufacturers.
Acquiring and analyzing data independently
One unique feature of ibaPDA-PLC-Xplorer is that the data are acquired and analyzed in two steps. The software for the acquisition of measurement values records the signals, visualizes them online and generates the measurement data files. Subsequently, the signals can be analyzed and evaluated independently with ibaAnalyzer, which is licensed free of charge, either during the recording process or later. For complex requirements and analyses, ibaPDA-PLC-Xplorer can be combined with other iba tools. The system is suitable for commissioning purposes and troubleshooting, as well as for long-term analysis and process optimization. It is an economic entry-level solution for PC based acquisition and recording of various measurement data in automated processes. It will be regularly supplemented by additional interfaces.
iba AG based in Fuerth (Northern Bavaria), is considered globally to be a leading specialist for high-quality, PC-based systems for data acquisition and analysis, signal processing and automation. Iba products are used in steel and metal industries, pulp and paper industries, in the field of transportation systems, for test benches as well as for power supply and wind turbines. The main feature of iba products is their distinct connectivity to other systems and bus technologies. An iba data acquisition system can be connected to almost every common automation system.
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