EC: InduSoft Web Studio v7.0
Software - HMI software: InduSoft Web Studio v7.0 is a truly unique development and runtime software that incorporates all the tools users need to create SCADA HMI applications, dashboards and OEE interfaces. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
This highly flexible package allows users to develop applications once, and then deploy on any supported Microsoft operating system, including Microsoft Windows CE, Windows Embedded, Windows 7, and Server editions. InduSoft Web Studio (IWS) provides access to data from anywhere, including PCs, embedded devices, mobile devices, and remote web browsers. InduSoft Web Studio includes over 240 drivers for all major PLCs. IWS offers new OPC UA communication as well as OPC Classic (DA and HDA). New security features integrate with Microsoft Active Directory, to ease deployment. Easily connect to any SQL database, and new configuration interfaces for FTP and SMTP allow you to quickly send alarms and reports to e-mail, smartphones, or a printer. -Easy to use: IWS was always easy to use and now it's even easier. Our new ribbon interface features logical tool/object grouping, and the ability to open multiple documents simultaneously. Investment protection: Develop once and deploy everywhere. Take a project created for Windows CE and deploy it on any supported Microsoft operating system, including Embedded, Windows 7, and Server editions. New intellectual property protection: Documents, scripts and screens can be individually password protected, preventing unauthorized viewing or editing of your corporate custom functionality. Comprehensive: Everything is included; alarms, animation, database connectivity, recipes, reports, trending, logging, security, web/remote connectivity, email, VBScript and more, without the hassle of purchasing add-ons! Reduce downtime: Quickly debug and verify a project using built-in local and remote tools for troubleshooting, including status fields, DatabaseSpy and LogWin. Use open technologies to play maintenance videos, show html based web help or PDF manuals directly in an IWS project. Improve efficiency: By using OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) and KPI (key performance indicators) dashboards you can increase output and improve quality. Translation ease: New one-click online translation, including support for Unicode fonts for global compatibility.
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