Software Briefs: New Versions and Enhancements

Aug. 30, 2011
New versions and upgrades announced for a variety of change management, machine vision, SCADA and other tools.

Intelligent Change Management
Integrity iMOC, electronic management of change software ensures all changes made to a plant’s automation systems are detected and reconciled. Provides a graphical environment for the definition of MOC workflows, and is part of the company's Integrity software, which maps the configuration of more than 50  automation systems and tracks changes to them.

Data from HMIs to SQL Server Databases
SQL Sync, added to the company's Crimson 3.0 programming software, allows customers to synchronize logged data from their G3 HMIs directly with a Microsoft SQL Server, eliminating the need for third-party software or a custom script. SQL Sync is available on the 8 inch, 10inch and 15inch G3 series HMIs.
Red Lion Controls

Machine Vision Inspection Tools
A new version of In-Sight Explorer 4.5 provides advanced inspection tools that include an all-in-one edge and surface inspection tool, an all-in-one bead width and position tool, and a robust ID tool that reads multiple codes at one time, allowing In-Sight cameras to read barcodes and provide inspections simultaneously.
Cognex Corp

Web-based SCADA System
Version R9.04 of the Fast/Tools web-based SCADA system for the oil & gas, petrochemical, and power industries enables remote engineering and maintenance, and real-time management of process applications via secure web-based services. New features include real-time HMI display recording and playback, and e-mail notification and alarm reporting.
Yokogawa Corporation of America

Create Technical Documentation
XVL Studio Ver. 10.0 is an update to the company's authoring software for creating 3D manufacturing, service and maintenance data. New features cover digital mockup process planning, work instruction authoring and technical documentation. Improvements have been made to the user interface, file import/export, working with eBOM/mBOM/sBOM, creating work instructions and technical illustrations.
Lattice Technology Inc.

Enhanced Security for Web-Enabled HMIs
FactoryTalk ViewPoint 2.0 software extends visualization and real-time decision-making capabilities to browser-based remote users. Improvements include tag write capabilities as well as enhanced security capabilities that allow administrators to control who can access parameters from outside the plant. Software adds support  for animated Web displays via Google Chrome 10 and Safari 5, in addition to  existing support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8, and Mozilla
Firefox 3.
Rockwell Automation