Category archives: SoftPLC Hardware/Software

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

SoftPLC 5.1 Firmware Release

Last update on Sept. 26, 2022.

Version 5.1 of the SoftPLC runtime firmware is now released!  New features include support for larger MSG packets on PCCC Ethernet, support for MSG routing through multiple PCCC Ethernet and DH+ networks (eg; via ControlLogix 1756-DHRIO interface cards), and improved runtime fault reporting enhancements.  This release also includes an updated Ethernet/IP driver which enhances communications between SCADA/HMI software (eg: PanelView/Factory Talk, Ignition) and SoftPLC controllers and gateways.

Contact support@softplc.com for a copy of the detailed release notes.  Users with version 5.x firmware can purchase this as a revision update.  Users with 3.x ...

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TOPDOC NexGen Release 5.0.4

Last update on April 15, 2022.

A minor update to TOPDOC NexGen is now available for download in a password protected zip file at http://softplc.com/support/resources/software/.  Contact support@softplc.com for the unzip password.

This update is date coded 5.0.211214 (displays at the bottom of the initial splash screen).  It is release 5.0.4 and fixes a minor issue in the smart.tlm editor related to selection of Tealware analog input modules.

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TOPDOC NexGen Patch to release 5.0.3

Last update on April 15, 2022.

An update to TOPDOC NexGen is now available for download in a password protected zip file at http://softplc.com/support/resources/software/.  Contact support@softplc.com for the unzip password.

This release fixes a bug in "Detect On Net" with saving settings and creating a new PLC configuration file set on the TOPDOC PC.  This bug is only present in release 5.0.2 (5.0.211027 on the initial splash screen), not in earlier versions.

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IMPORTANT! TOPDOC NexGen Update

Last update on Nov. 1, 2021.

An update to TOPDOC NexGen is now available for download in a password protected zip file at http://softplc.com/support/resources/software/.  Contact support@softplc.com for the unzip password.

This release fixes a bug when addresses like T3:0/12 (which is a CTL word reference) are used, which can cause the APP to become corrupted when saved.

It also adds a textual "device type" field in an updated "detect on net" packet reply as well as revising the ModbusTCP editor to handle both old/new replies.

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TOPDOC NexGen version 5.0 Released

Last update on June 29, 2021.

TOPDOC NexGen version 5 is now available!  This is a major upgrade and supports all SoftPLC controllers or gateways with version 4.6 and later firmware.  Features include:

  • 64-bit software
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is embedded
  • Supports new features of SoftPLC v5 runtime firmware, the Smart SoftPLC (v4) and NeoPAC (v2) hardware
  • Multi-level security options for SoftPLC access

You can download the upgrade from our website.  Email support@softplc.com with your registration number(s) for the unzip password.  Customers in warranty or under software support extensions can use the upgrade at no cost.  If your support has expired, the ...

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Smart SoftPLC & Gateway -v4 Coming Soon!

Last update on July 22, 2021.

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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