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TOPDOC NexGen version 5.0 Released

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 renewal cost for your license(s) will be sent upon request to support@softplc.com.

"End of an Era" - Lee is Retiring

June 25, 2021

Lee Parmeter, who has been with SoftPLC Corporation since 1987 is retiring at the end of June, 2021.  Most of our customers have interacted with Lee over the years in his role as head of Technical Support.  What you may not know is all the other things he did at SoftPLC like product & system testing, selecting hardware and components for our products, application and TLM programming, customer training and even system integration.  His decades of knowledge of PLC's and ladder logic, computer operating systems, computer and I/O hardware, I/O bus networks and more will be sorely missed.

You can send messages to Lee at support@softplc.com and we will forward them if they arrive after his last day.

Smart SoftPLC & Gateway -v4 Coming Soon!

Nov. 16, 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 coming soon!

Updated Tealware I/O User Guide

Oct. 28, 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/).

SoftPLC Web Studio 2020

June 26, 2020

SoftPLC Web Studio 2020 will soon be available!Web Studio 2020 Image

Web Studio has been a growing and evolving SCADA/HMI software for over 20 years. The newest version, Web Studio 2020, brings you new tools and features to help you tackle challenges for today and the future. Whether you need your workforce to have access to machines in the field, want to unite your systems into a single hub of information, or are looking to standardize your process, Web Studio 2020 has everything you need to be successful.

What’s New in Web Studio 2020

  • Web Studio 2020 includes an integrated Industrial Graphics Editor that allows you to edit and/or import Industrial Graphics from other products (eg: Wonderware) and integrate them with Web Studio projects.
  • An updated development environment brings a modern and intuitive interface to Web Studio that increases productivity and adds the ability to customize themes (color and style) in the development environment.
  • Mobile Access Thin Client (HTML5) improvements include new interface support for Trend Start Date/Time and Duration, E-Sign, and others.
  • Enhancements in the MQTT driver enable InduSoft Web Studio to publish data according to the MQTT SparkplugB standards.
  • Many more enhancements have been made for quality, uptime improvement, and stability.

As always, we maintain backward compatibility to protect your investments, and application upgrades to Web Studio 2020 are seamless.  Contact us for upgrade information and/or costs.

New Video - Control System Migrations

May 27, 2020

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

Peer-to-Peer Messaging thru the Cloud

Feb. 20, 2020

Our TagWell platform has been enhanced to support some exciting new features!

Firstly, remote nodes can send data to each other via the TagWell cloud platform.  Similar to PLC Messaging, any TagWell remote node can send /receive data arrays to/from any number of other remote nodes.  These secure communications are optimized to transmit only upon data changes to minimize cellular communication costs.  Since the remotes are SoftPLC controllers or gateways, via logic data changes can be forced if the user wants the messages to be sent based on time or other specific events.

Secondly, the TagWell platform now supports data aggregation across any number of remotes into a single Tag Table in the cloud.  This makes it easier for a web interface or connected application, such as Web Studio or other software programs, to provide consolidated data for a group of and/or all of a customer's remotes.

SoftPLC NeoPAC now available!

Jan. 1, 2020

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/USB I/O from hundreds of vendors.

Enhanced Ethernet/IP Driver for SoftPLC v4.6

Nov. 2, 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 connection half may have its RPI, size, target and originating assembly, and realtime format.
  • Up to 2048 I/O connection bytes (determined by the size of the SoftPLC runtime license)
  • Up to 20 target i/o connections in the form of exclusive owner
  • Up to 3 input only i/o connections
  • Up to 2 listen only i/o connections
  • I/O connections may be unicast or multicast
  • Explicit messaging server supporting:
    • assembly class 0x04 instances
    • symbol class 0x6b instances -  This lets a SoftPLC runtime look like a Rockwell PLC/PAC to HMI's. A descriptor tag may be exported as a CIP symbol and it is tied to a unique assembly instance when exported.
  • Up to 1000 words per assembly

For more information or instructions regarding firmware updates, contact SoftPLC.

Web Studio 8.1 Release

Jan. 5, 2018

SoftPLC Web Studio version 8.1 has been released!  This version includes expanded capabilities and also addresses a critical security vulnerability.

Existing customers can upgrade at no cost if the license was purchased on or after July 1, 2017 or if you have a current Maintenance Agreement.  Reduced price upgrades are available to customers that purchased the license between Jan 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.  Free or reduced cost upgrades must be requested by March 8, 2018.  If you don't qualify for the free/reduced upgrade, you can purchase the upgrade at 60% of license cost through March 8, 2018.  Contact support@softplc.com, referencing your Registration Number(s), for more details and upgrade costs (if any).

Some new features in version 8.1:

  • Support for all native objects in HTML5 (SMA Clients and IoTVIEW)
  • OPC UA Server
  • Streamlined Licensing - no restrictions on number of concurrent drivers or thin clients.  Thin clients are now purchased per client, regardless of type needed.
  • Improved Security
  • Seamless Upgrade

Security Bulletin!!!  Vulnerabilities were found in Web Studio version 8.0 Service Pack 2 Patch 1 and prior.  It is recommended that customers review the bulletin to determine if their systems are at risk, and upgrade as soon as possible.