Category archives: SoftPLC Hardware/Software

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

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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SDI-12 Interface for Micro SoftPLC

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

SDI-12 Interface for Micro SoftPLC

We now offer a "daughter-board" (Cat.No. SPBB-6DI2SP1AI) for the Micro SoftPLC, Model BB, that provides an SDI-12 interface, battery power connection and health monitoring, and six additional digital inputs.

This combination is a great solution for applications where monitoring, logging and reporting on environmental conditions is required. SoftPLC provides flexible data log file formats (eg: CSV, encrypted, customer specified)and storage options (eg: USB drive, SD flash and/or remote systems).  Add a modem and the Micro SoftPLC can cost effectively provide the sensor data via email or via our TagWell cloud platform to remote web pages, databases, or ...

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New! Micro SoftPLC's

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

All the features of our other SoftPLC Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC's), but smaller in size and cost.

Micro SoftPLC's are perfect for:

  • Embedded machine control - Great for OEM's!
  • Cellular RTU - Combined with TagWell, you can monitor and control remotely located systems at very low cost!
  • Remote Data Logger
  • Inexpensive serial to ethernet protocol converter
  • and more!

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Hot Standby System for SoftPLC ver 4.x

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

Hot Standby System for SoftPLC ver 4.x

Now any version 4.6 or later SoftPLC with ModbusTCP I/O (including Tealware) can be used in systems requiring bumpless transfer hot backup controllers.  The solution includes a HOTBACK.TLM (firmware Cat No SPZ-HS) and a passive hardware component, called an Arbitrator (Cat No SPZ-HSA) which manages the Master/Backup status designations and I/O communication.

The Arbitrator includes redundant power input, and can provide redundant power output as well.  Click here for more information.

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NEW! Data Highway Plus option for Smart SoftPLC & Gateways

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

Lowest Cost DH+ interface available on the market!

Smart SoftPLC and Smart Gateway now support up to (2) channels of DH+.  If you aren't ready to replace your network cabling, but want to upgrade HMI's or A-B PLC's, this is a great solution.

As a Gateway - Leave your A-B PLC "untouched", while upgrading other devices on the DH+ such as an HMI.  The Smart Gateway can communicate to your HMI over Ethernet or serial, while the other DH+ nodes still think it is on DH+.

As a SoftPLC - Upgrade your A-B PLC CPU with a modern controller ...

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December 2012 Newsletter Posted

Last update on Sept. 5, 2015.

  • SoftPLC's Smart Product Line includes multiple functions
  • Holiday Closure Notice

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