- May 02, 2017
May 3, 2017 - With the new version of its automation software systems, zenon 7.60 and zenon Analyzer 3.10, COPA-DATA is focusing on ergonomic working for project engineers and operators in manufacturing companies and the energy sector.
A new feature is the zenon Process Recorder module. It records individually definable processes in full and provides them on request at a later point in time. Past processes can be played back, forwarded or reversed step by step, or stopped as often as required. The findings related to possible causes of errors can be used to increase effectiveness and quality.
The zenon Process Recorder is suitable for manufacturing companies such as food and beverage manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies; but it is also suited to power supply companies. The improved traceability of process in electricity grids or substations supports grid operators in maintaining critical infrastructure.
With the Context List screen type, zenon provides support for users when structuring manually entered data. Entries made by different users can be harmonized with the new context lists, which is particularly beneficial for the analysis of alarm causes. Uniform, pre-defined descriptions ensure that alarm causes are subsequently evaluated – with zenon Analyzer for example – and can be used for quality management.
Project engineers can integrate 3D models into a visualization project with the 3D Tool in zenon. The three-dimensional view of production machines increases user friendliness and promotes intuitive working. In the model, variables that call up the detail screens in a machine part can be linked or created. zenon 7.60 also offers the ability to combine data from geoinformation systems (GIS) and zenon visualization. With the GIS editor and GIS control, users can display electricity grids in the zenon visualization in geographical maps. Current statuses, such as alarms, are shown on the map directly. Users can thus localize certain states and events and handle alarms more efficiently.
The impedance-based fault locating is also new in zenon. This functionality plays a vital role in energy automation. Using the impedance measured (alternating current resistance), it is possible to localize errors in the grid with great precision. The employees at energy supply companies can react quickly, thus significantly reducing power outages.
Software users who want to amend or expand the performance of zenon with their own self-developed functions – Add-Ins – can use the Microsoft Visual Studio programming platform in zenon 7.60. Individual, code-based development for zenon Editor and zenon Runtime can be integrated in a simple and professional manner on this basis.