Logo Header

October 2012

What can I do with Smart's PCI-104 Bus?

The Smart SoftPLC/Smart Gateway (models SMx-P) support up to 3 expansion cards on a PCI-104 bus.  Cards are available from a number of different vendors and include:

  • Communication network interfaces (Profibus, DeviceNet, etc.)
  • I/O boards (digital, analog, combinations, etc.)
  • Motion controllers
  • Disks, video interfaces, etc.

Further expanding the Smart's built-in communication options of the Ethernet switch and 6 serial ports using PCI-104 cards allows Smart Gateways and Smart SoftPLC's to support an even broader range and quantity of industrial networks - up to 16 different networks simultaneously!

Using PCI-104 I/O boards, Smart SoftPLC's can provide high speed, low cost interfaces for machine or specialized I/O requirements, beyond those found in traditional PLC I/O.  For OEM applications, custom add-on boards can be developed to support specific I/O needs to reduce overall cost or space requirements.

What is PCI-104?

PCI-104 stack

PCI-104 is the newest variation of the PC/104 industrial bus standard. This form factor is  small (3.6 x 3.8 in), stackable boards that provide rugged embedded computer solutions. PCI-104 implements the PCI bus on this form factor. 


Contact us to learn more!

Back to top

New release - SoftPLC Web Studio 7.1

SoftPLC Web Studio HMISoftPLC Web Studio is a comprehensive SCADA and HMI software package, offered as software or packaged in our panel-mount touchscreen HMIs.

This newest version 7.1 offers enhanced capabilities for use on smart phones/tablets, as well as revision control and intuitive project management.

SoftPLC Web Studio v7.1 provides an enhanced Studio Mobile Access (SMA) client that works with any HTML5 web browser to display alarms, trend and critical tag values. It also adds easy-to-use widgets (gauges, switches and text boxes) to monitor and interact with process values (tags) on any current browser, including those found on iPad, iPhone, and Android phones and tablets.

Alarms and other information can be sent via multi-media formats such as PDF to an email account, a printer or a smartphone in real-time or as historical data.  Connect to any SQL database, Excel and other popular PC-based programs.  SoftPLC Web Studio 7.1 provides a built-in interface for trends, alarms/events, grids and other objects without requiring SQL programming.

SoftPLC Web Studio v7.1 provides the following features:

  • Over 240 built-in drivers to allow plug-and-play 2-way communication with
    most PLCs, temperature controllers, motion controllers and bar code/2D/RFID readers.  Toolkits to help users build their own drivers for other devices.

  • FDA traceability with built-in functionality to create 21 CFR part 11 compliant projects with e-signatures.

  • Graphics and design tools that can be combined with built-in objects to create any functionality required. A library of objects to allow project creation with a consistent “look and feel.”

  • An optimized trend history module designed to load up to millions of values
    from SQL Relational Databases, with built-in data decimation in Trend Control.

  • Tools to provide quick creation of and access to Statistical Process Control (SPC) values without programming.

  • Multi-Language support including English, Portuguese, German, and French.

  • The ability to take an application created for Windows CE and deploy it on
    any supported Microsoft operating system, including Embedded and CE,

    Windows® 7 (and soon Windows® 8) and Server editions.

Contact us to learn more!

Back to top

SoftPLC now supports DHCP Address Assignments

SoftPLCs networking now can support DHCP as an added alternative to the existing BOOTP and static IP address support.  To use a DHCP client on any SoftPLC ethernet interface, just have the line in NETWORK.LST say:

ETH DHCP

The DHCP server should establish the GATEWAY and the DNS settings, the values in NETWORK.LST will be ignored if DHCP is set for an interface.

This DHCP feature is for SoftPLC versions 4.6 and later. Customers in support can get the update through the package management system.

Contact support@softplc.com to learn more!

Back to top