Category archives: SoftPLC Hardware/Software

SoftPLC Controllers and Gateways, SoftPLC control software, TOPDOC and related items.

Smart SoftPLC & Gateway - ver 4 Coming Soon

Last update on Dec. 21, 2020.

Version 4 of the Smart SoftPLC/Smart Gateway hardware will be available in stock by the end of 2020.  The new products will include the same features of the existing product, plus many enhancements including:

  • Faster 64bit, quad-core CPU with 512MB RAM and 8GB on-board flash memory
  • 5 GB Ethernet ports, 4 on a switch with multiple MAC ID's
  • (2) USB 2.0 host ports
  • (3) configurable communication ports - choose any mix of A-B "bluehose" (Data Highway Plus or Remote I/O), RS-485, or others
  • embedded WiFi/Bluetooth, option for embedded cell modem

Product literature and web site updates ...

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Updated Tealware I/O User Guide

Last update on Nov. 16, 2020.

Hot off the presses is an updated Tealware Hardware manual. The PDF version can be downloaded from http://softplc.com/downloads/manuals/TealwareIO_User_Manual.pdf, or you can purchase a hard copy from our store (http://softplc.com/store/product/tw-mn/).

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New Video - Control System Migrations

Last update on May 27, 2020.

New Video - Control System Migrations

We've added a new video to our library.  This one discusses how SoftPLC Gateways can help A-B PLC users use phased migrations to upgrade their system vs complete retrofits.  Phased migrations reduce cost, downtime, and risk among other benefits.  

http://softplc.com/products/comm/abgw_landpg or https://youtu.be/BJqWs9y4R1g

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SoftPLC NeoPAC now available!

Last update on June 26, 2020.

SoftPLC NeoPAC now available!

A new family of SoftPLC controllers and gateways is now available - the NeoPAC.

Packed with the features of our other SoftPLC's, the NeoPAC provides a powerful platform for:

  • Machine control - Great for OEM's!
  • Protocol Converter - serial to ethernet and/or to Allen-Bradley "blue hose" Remote I/O or Data Highway Plus
  • Cellular RTU - Combined with TagWell, you can monitor and control remotely located systems at very low cost
  • Data Logger
  • and more!

The NeoPAC is the lowest cost option for Allen-Bradley PLC migrations and RIO/DH+ gateways on the market.  It also can be used with serial/ethernet ...

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Enhanced Ethernet/IP Driver for SoftPLC v4.6

Last update on Nov. 5, 2018.

Now Available for all SoftPLC controllers version 4.6 and later is an enhanced Ethernet/IPTM driver.  SoftPLC can act as an Ethernet/IP generic device (adapter), or as a scanner (master).  A SoftPLC can also be used to simulate a Logix PLC for simulation/testing/training purposes.  Features of the Ethernet/IP driver include:

  • Five millisecond timing granularity
  • I/O scanner: up to 128 total originating i/o connections to as many target slaves as needed.
    • each i/o connection may have its own forward open timeout, RPI timeout multiplier, connection type, connection trigger type,
    • each i/o ...

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TOPDOC NexGen Update - Required for new SoftPLC's

Last update on July 11, 2016.

Due to a conflict with Ethernet/IP communications, we have changed the "Detect on Net" function to use a different Ethernet port.

TOPDOC NexGen version 1.6.160608 or later is required to successfully use the "Detect on Net" function with both older SoftPLC's and with SoftPLC's version 4.6.160608 and later.

Contact support@softplc.com for details on updating your TOPDOC NexGen.

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Modbus ASCII added to SoftPLC Master & Slave Drivers

Last update on July 5, 2016.

We've enhanced our Modbus Serial Master (MODBMAST.TLM) and Modbus Serial Slave (MODBSLAV.TLM) drivers for SoftPLC to now also support Modbus ASCII, as well as Modbus RTU.

Details can be found in the user manuals at the links above, or by contacting SoftPLC.

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NEW! IoTPAC=SoftPLC + Web Studio

Last update on Nov. 30, 2015.

NEW! IoTPAC=SoftPLC + Web Studio

Equip any SoftPLC CPU with a Web Studio Linux IoTView runtime and create an IoTPAC - a full-featured combination Programmable Automation Controller and SCADA platform.  The new IoTView runs embedded in SoftPLC, communicating to the SoftPLC's data table via a RAM based driver.  Add web browser based operator interface, sophisticated alarming, trending, and remote database access to any SoftPLC - including Micro's!

Many applications don't require a touchscreen to be present and can benefit in using a Smart Phone/Tablet based web browser as the user interface device - save cost, space and maintenance of a fragile touchscreen in harsh ...

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State Logic Programming

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

The SoftPLC C++ Programmer's Toolkit has been enhanced to provide comprehensive support for State Logic Programming.

State Logic is a great way to apply C++ to control applications, while at the same time sharing measured and calculated variables with HMI's via our standard protocols.  Finite State Machines (FSM) are known to be easy to troubleshoot because their "problem search space" is small and focused.

Features include:

  • State transition monitor for debugging.
  • State dwell timer. Applicable to every state machine and every state tells how long any FSM has been in its current state.
  • No limit to how many ...

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Smart SoftPLC now supports CAN & J1939

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

An internal CAN interface is now available for Smart SoftPLC / Smart Gateway products.  Bi-directional (read/write) support for raw CAN and J1939 devices is supported at baud rates up to 250KB.  This is a factory installed option for COM6.

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