TOP Server, powered by Kepware, is Software Toolbox’s OPC and native HMI device connectivity software application. The new version provides an OPC UA server interface and optional OPC UA client interface, allowing users to optimize it as a standards-based tunneling solution. Also, the new OPC Alarm & Event condition monitoring plug-in can specify conditions on tags read from devices using any of the server’s hundreds of drivers and generate alarm and event messages using the OPC A&E standard.
John Weber, president of Software Toolbox, adds, “Many HMI/SCADA packages offer an OPC A&E Client interface in the alarm management systems and now our clients have a way to deliver alarms and events messages directly to the systems.” Another feature is the drive updates. The new version expands the functionality of the ControlLogix Ethernet, Mettler Toledo, Idec and Modbus Ethernet drivers, and adds a new C# sample application for the Custom Interface Driver. TOP Server 5.2 is available as a download or as an upgrade for users on active support and maintenance contracts.