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April 2019
Number 17 April 2019 - Super-Flash Royalty-Free: HMI in Industry 4.0
SCADA/HMI applications are the basis of the digital factory metaphor towards which Industry 4.0 gravitates. It is through these applications that operators can drive machines and plants in production to maximum efficiency..
For these applications Automa proposes Super-Flash a versatile development system that generates compact and reliable HMI applications that work even on limited hardware. The power of MicroC allows developers to go far beyond the simple representation of synoptics animated by values originating in the field, yielding HMI applications that are perfectly interconnected with information systems, with effective and efficient horizontal and vertical integrations
With MicroC and the support of a solid Event Management with secure queues on disk, Edge computing features are also easily implemented, allowing users to transfer to higher levels the previously processed highly meaningful plant and machine data, already directed at typical MES features (OEE, production, traceability, maintenance, etc.), thus avoiding unnecessary clogging of higher level databases with data of little use.
However Super-Flash also has some specific features that offer developers and end users many practical advantages:
  • Record-breaking reliability
  • All versions can be installed simultaneously, without conflicts, on the same PC
  • No constraints in updating applications
  • No need for virtual machines for projects with different S.O. versions
  • Applications are installed with COPY and uninstalled with DEL
  • HMI applications also work on Pen Disks
  • The Runtime Engine occupies just a few MBytes
  • Applications take up only a few MBytes
  • Not very sensitive to Windows updates
  • The development system can import 30 year old projects, even DOS projects.
To encourage the free development of HMI applications, even those that are especially cost sensitive, Automa proposes its own SCADA Super-Flash in Royalty-Free mode: an extraordinary commercial formula that offers an exceptional opportunity to developers. Once the purchase value of the development system has been amortised, the cost of each HMI benefits from the fact that there are no Runtime licence costs: a huge competitive advantage.
Reliability, flexibility, customised training and top-level technical assistance, delivered directly by the product developers.
These are just some of the values of Super-Flash, Automa's development system for SCAD/HMI applications.
For more information on Super-Flash Royalty-Free Free please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 16 April 2019 - Free presentation of Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 2
As reported in the AutomaNews of December 2018, the 4.6 Beta 1 Super-Flash version has been available since November. Many functions have been introduced, and others have been implemented in Beta 2, which is expected to be released by the end of April.
The 4.6 Beta 1 Runtime version can be downloaded from the freedownload section of our website, while the Royalty-Free version can be found in the download section. Both downloadable zips are protected by a password that must be requested from Automa.
To support these 4.6 Beta versions, following those of the previous months, Automa will be organising a second presentation to illustrate their main features.
This event is addressed to Super-Flash Royalty-Free or Runtime licensees who want to grasp, with maximum possible efficiency, all the potential of the new functionalities that Automa has developed (Beta 1 and Beta 2) and is continuing to develop for the Super-Flash version 4.6.
The issue of SCADA/HMI/MES interconnection in Industry 4.0 integration projects will also be briefly addressed.
The MyKeyBus software will also be presented, an APP for Android for using Android devices (smartphones and tablets) as remote push-button panels for applications (e.g. Super-Flash) and peripherals supporting ModBus TCP.

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Froma 9:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m.

At the Automa headquarters, in Via Don A. Mazzucotelli, 6/B - Gorle (BG)

Programme
  • Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 1 and Beta 2, functionalities implemented
  • Ergonomics in HMI: from VGA to Full HD, UHD and 4k
  • SCADA/HMI-MES interconnection in integration projects
  • MyKeyBus, APP for Android ModBus TCP
  • SFWAM collection of diagnostic data from geographically distributed Super-Flash applications

It will also be an opportunity to make requests for new implementations and provide your own assessments of what has been developed.
Participation at the event is free, however, as places are limited, reservations are required
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at
sales@automa.it.
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Number 15 April 2019 - TPX-DB: publication of data on local remote DBs
TPX-DB software exports recorded trend data from multiple Super-Flash applications, by publishing them (via ODBC-OLEDB) on a single Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL database.
TPX-DB is a stand-alone application that reads trend data produced by multiple Super-Flash applications, and publishes them on a Database, then subsequently in an advanced storage device already directly interfaced with the company's information systems.
The application manages the continuous publication on the Database of the data stored in the trend archive of each configured application; the publication of an application's data is performed with a configurable time interval.
No modification of Super-Flash applications that record trends is required, as TPX-DB does its job entirely independently.
TPX-DB can be installed on the same machine running one of the trending applications, or on another machine on the network. Being able to manage access to network paths, its physical positioning can be decided on the basis of its architecture specifications and performance of available machines. The Database too can be located anywhere in the network or cloud, as long as it is accessible. This translates into considerable flexibility in using the TPX-DB.
TPX-DB is a valuable tool for your Industry 4.0 interconnection projects.
For more information on TPX-DB, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 14 April 2019 - AirGriDaCo 2.1: wireless low cost interconnection for Industry 4.0
The interconnection of production machinery, the primary underlying theme in Industry 4.0 projects, can be hindered by a lack of documentation in communication protocols. Sometimes all that's required is to collect a few signals related to operator commands or operating states: the implementation of a PLC-based system can prove to be too expensive. In some cases, the machines to be connected are dated and have no communication interfaces. Often, the biggest burden is the laying of the network cable to connect the signals/controls to be interfaced.
In all these cases, the ideal solution is WD+AirGriDaCo:a low cost wireless system that is easy and quick to install, based on standard technology, widely configurable and customizable.
AirGriDaCo is a software created by Automa to support the distribution, exclusively in Italy, of PATLITE WD wireless system; an innovative solution capable of transforming a simple light signalling tower into a low-cost source of useful data for managing machine and plant efficiency.
Here are some examples of its use
  • Efficiency (OEE) on Machinery or Lines
  • Manual Assembly Stations
  • Managing Technical Calls
  • Managing Mobile Equipment

With AirGriDaCo it's easy to set up Andon information panels to support production and implement escalation procedures for production anomalies.
AirGriDaCo It is easy to install and very easy to configure. Allows users to assign a name to each tower, light, or the status of each light. This renders the events log self-explanatory. The log can be published directly on a company Database or exported to CSV files compatible with Excel.
AirGriDaCo is available in different sizes and can be the starting point for customised versions that Automa is able to produce according to the specific needs of each customer.
For more information on AirGriDaCo products, or for a free presentation please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 13 April 2019 - SE5001: Ethernet-serial converter for interconnection
SE5001 is a serial Ethernet server that interconnects devices equipped solely with an RS232/RS422/RS485 serial interface.
This allows old peripherals to be connected to the information system even when revamping machines and plants.
SE5001 can be configured via a browser and, by using VirtualCom, these devices can be inserted - barring in special cases - without the need to modify the existing software.
Available in standard, optoisolated or outdoor IP67 versions, the ATOP converters are reliable, high performance, easy to configure and low cost. Automa has tested its functionality with critical communication protocols such as, for example, the programming port of old Siemens S5 PLCs and the PPI port of the S7-200s.
For these products, Automa offers full technical support to assist customers in their initial usage.
Visit the hardware section on our website to consult the list of ATOP products distributed by Automa and download the related technical documentation.
For more information about Ethernet/serial converters or to request a quotation, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 12 April 2019 - LA6-PoE: Ethernet-PoE signalling tower with ModBus TCP
PATLITE announces a new light and acoustic signal tower (LA6-PoE) that can be connected in Ethernet and controlled directly in TCP/IP. The tower supports PoE (Power Over Ethernet) and can be powered directly from the Ethernet cable. It supports the ModBus TCP protocol and can easily be controlled by clients implementing this communication standard.
The LA6-PoE lights are RGB, so even runtime colours can freely be set up. The ability to create scenarios with frames that can alternate in time allows users to define very innovative uses for this tower. The buzzer has 11 different sounds and can be inserted into scenarios by configuring the sound level and intermittence.
This tower supports a variety of applications, and thanks to the PoE, can be placed anywhere on the Ethernet network without the need for a specific power supply.
It can be used both to propagate the status of other signalling towers and to effectively support the escalation procedures of alarm events.
The LA6-PoE tower is also supported by AirGriDaCo, the software for wireless data collection from light columns developed by Automa for the PATLITE WD system.
Can be piloted directly from:
  • Super-Flash applications with a SFModBus TCP driver
  • MyKeyBus, the APP for Android developed by Automa for interaction with devices
  • Libreria C+++ ModBus TCP

Automa also offers a specific training module for the rapid and efficient acquisition of configuration and communication capabilities for the LA6-PoE.
For more information on the LA6-PoE tower, MyKeyBus and ModBus libraries, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 11 April 2019 - Obsolete Applicom cards
Some Applicom cards for industrial communication have been part of an obsolescence programme for some time now. These include the PCU1500S7, PCU1500PFB and PCU2000ETH.
The Applicom cards have always proven to be reliable and high-performing. Automa offered them to its customers 25 years ago. At the time, they were almost the only solution for efficient communication with some PLCs.
For years, however, the use of an internal card for communication with PLCs is no longer advisable. Compatibility problems with internal buses and operating systems are too binding. The need to "open" the PC for installation is a risk and an extra cost. With the appearance of PanelPCs, there is often no possibility of even an expansion slot to house the card.
SCADA/HMI workstations should always have only Ethernet as the physical communication interface. In this way the application can easily run on any PC, making it extremely easy to replace in case of failure.
Please contact us to assess any need for replacement of faulty cards.


Alternative 1

For MPI/Profibus communication with S7 PLCs, we recommend Hilscher gateways as an alternative.
The NL 50-MPI and NT 50-MPI devices are reliable, high-performing, inexpensive, Step7 compatible and capable of multiple communication sessions.
Automa supplies these devices with an embedded SFNetLink Runtime driver for Super-Flash applications.
For Super-Flash applications, the change to switch from the Applicom card driver to the SFNetLink driver is quite simple. Automa offers support for the integration of the new driver.


Alternative 2

The replacement of an internal card could also be the opportunity, also in view of Industry 4.0, to consider a direct Ethernet connection with S7 PLCs.
If the Ethernet connection is available on the PLC, Automa proposes its own communication driver:
Our Ethernet communication drivers for Siemens PLCs are available in the Smart version, limited to a single PLC, and Full version which addresses up to 100 PLCs.
For more information on obsolete Applicom cards and on possible alternatives, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 10 April 2019 - Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 2
By end of April, the Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 2 version will be available.
The new Beta 2 version can be downloaded from the download (Super-Flash Royalty-Free sections for registered users, owners of upgrade services) an freedownload (Super-Flash Runtime, with free access) on our website.
For more information on Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 2, or for a free presentation, contact our sales staff directly at +39 035.32.33.911 or via e-mail at sales@automa.it.
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Number 9 April 2019 - National holiday 25 April 2019
Please note that our offices will remain closed on 26 April 2019. The telephone support service will also be suspended, will resume regularly on Monday 29 April .
Please remember that you can use the telephone assistance service every day from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., and from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m. The service can be accessed at any time by subscribing to a service contract of varying duration between 1 and 12 months.
For holders of at least one Super-Flash licence our technicians are available free of charge every Tuesday and Thursday morning, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
For those who do not have an active support service, please contact the Technical Emergency service by telephone for emergencies only. Costs depend on the duration: the minimum amount applies for durations of up to 30 minutes.
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February 2019
Number 8 February 2019 - Super-Flash 4.5 Runtime: free SCADA/HMI development system
To facilitate the free development of HMI applications, with a view to Industry 4.0, Automa proposes its own SCADA Super-Flash also in Runtime mode. In this mode the development system is completely free.
Download from the freedownload of our website and use it to develop your own HMI application.
The system functions are complete. Optional drivers can also be downloaded free of charge to test their operation. You can fully develop your application and verify its functionality before purchasing the runtime license.
The benefits obtained in this way include:
  • No cost until actual installation of the developed application
  • Possibility to choose the size of the license "a posteriori", with the application already developed, and then choose the desired size in a more aware manner and without any cost surprises
  • Have all you need to perform local or remote interventions on the installed station.
For those who don't know Super-Flash we recommend using the customised training services offered by Automa.
These are 4-hour training modules that can be structured, also in "real time", to meet the specific needs of the participant.
To optimise the time of the technicians who develop with Super-Flash, offers remote training modules, with Skype, Google or other platforms. Modules of just two hours also available. So the technician can stay in the office, and there are no costs for time and travel expenses.
For more information on Super-Flash Runtime è possibile rivolgersi al nostro staff commerciale direttamente allo 035.32.33.911 o via e-mail a sales@automa.it.
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Number 7 February 2019 - Free presentation of Super-Flash 4.6, Beta 1
As reported in the AutomaNews of December 2018, the 4.6 BETA 1 Super-Flash version has been available since November. Many functions have been introduced and others will follow in the BETA 2, which is already in progress.
The 4.6 Beta 1 Runtime version can be downloaded from the freedownload section of our website, while the Royalty-Free version can be found in the download section. Both downloadable zips are protected by a password that you must request from Automa.
To support this 4.6 BETA 1 version, following the presentation on 16 January 2019, Automa will be organising a second presentation to illustrate the main features.
The event is addressed to holders of Super-Flash Royalty-Free or Runtimelicences who wish to effectively understand all the potential of the new functions developed by Automa (BETA 1) and being developed (BETA 2), for the Super-Flash 4.6 version.
The issue of SCADA/HMI/MES interconnection in Industry 4.0 integration projects will also be briefly addressed.
The MyKeyBus software, an APP for Android for using Android devices as remote push-button panels for applications (e.g. Super-Flash) and peripherals supporting ModBus TCP, will also be presented.

Wednesday 27 Febryuary 2019

From 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At the Automa headquarters, via Don Antonio Mazzucotelli, 6/B - Gorle (BG)

Programme
  • Super-Flash 4.6 BETA 1, functionalities implemented
  • Super-Flash BETA 2, functionalities being implemented
  • Ergonomics in HMI: from VGA to Full HD, UHD and 4k
  • SCADA/HMI-MES interconnection in integration projects
  • MyKeyBus, APP for Android ModBus TCP

At the end of the event you will be able to make requests for new implementations and provide your own assessment of what has been developed.
Participation is free, but as places are limited, booking is required.
For more information about the event or to make a reservation, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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Number 6 February 2019 - New Super-Flash demonstration application versions
With the download of the 4.6 BETA 1 version, updated versions of the Trend 1.1 and StartSF 1.3 demo applications are also available
Compared to previous versions, FullHD resolution has been implemented and, for the StartSF part, demonstration pages for radio buttons, meters and animations with .png frames have been included. All these services are already present in the official Super-Flash 4.5. version
These applications are examples, complete with sources, which can provide help for creating attractive interfaces starting from the basic objects made available by Super-Flash.
The demonstrations can be downloaded, with the BETA 1 4.6, from the download section (Super-Flash Royalty-Free for registered users, owners of upgrade services) and freedownload (Super-Flash Runtime, with free access) on our website.
For more information on Super-Flash demonstration applications available, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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Number 5 February 2019 - TP - Trend Publisher
TP (Trend Publisher) software exports trend data recorded by a Super-Flash, application by publishing them on a local or remote database. Use the SmartDB tool for accessing the Database.
TP communicates with your Super-Flash, tramite il protocollo SF-SF (su canale TCP/IP), application via the SF-SF protocol (on TCP/IP channel), to receive the publishing mission. Once a mission has been received, it is run in complete autonomy. To know the Super-Flash variables to export it uses an ASCII file containing the list of variables to be managed.
Trend Publisher can be installed on the same machine as the trending application, or on another machine on the network. Being able to access the network paths, and communicating in TCP/IP, its physical positioning can be decided on the basis of the network architecture and the performance of the available machines. The Database can also be located anywhere in the network as long as it is accessible. This means considerable flexibility in the use of TP
TP has its own HMI interface to allow you to manually define the publishing mission. It manages a queue of missions to be executed and provides the outcome of completed missions.
With the publication of mission trends it is possible to associate other data, for example the machining code or work order, so that the subsequent analysis is even more effective.
TP is a valuable tool for your Industry 4.0 interconnection projects.
For more information on TP (Trend Publisher) please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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Number 4 February 2019 - MainteX-Web
MainteX-Web is a web client of MainteX, the software for preventive maintenance management: it allows maintainers, through a simple smartphone, or tablet, to have all the information relating to the interventions to be carried out "always in their pocket"..
MainteX offers the possibility of collecting maintenance data automatically, and via MainteX-Web, the data collected can be entered directly.
This approach makes the maintainer's work much easier, and by eliminating the use of paper it saves time and reduces transcription errors.
MainteX-Web is a web client that uses MainteX as a server.
You will find a demonstration of MainteX-Web at the address www.maintex.it, enter "maintexweb" and "demo" as username and password.
For more information on MainteX-Web please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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Number 3 February 2019 - Industrial Ethernet switche
In recent years, with the massive spread of Ethernet as a bus for industrial applications, ATOP has significantly strengthened its range of industrial switches.
The wide range of products, all industrial, includes:
  • Unmanaged switches
  • Unmanaged switches with advanced performance
  • Managed switches
  • Layer-3 switches
The features include: PoE, ModBus TCP, IoT, 61850 and certifications for Profinet, Ethernet/IP, etc.
A complete overview of the ranges are available on the specific page of the ATOP website, with general descriptions and all datasheets of the numerous models available.
For further information or for a quotation for ATOP industrial switches, please contact our sales staff directly on +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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Number 2 February 2019 - Technical Support
The telephone assistance service provided by Automa is delivered directly by the technicians who participate in product development, and who therefore guarantee the highest possible technical level.

Type of Assistance
Who it is addressed to
Days and times of service
Free of charge
For holders of at least one Super-Flash license
Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Service from 1 to 12 months
To those who subscribe to a specific service with a duration of 1 to 12 months
from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., and from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m.
Technical Emergency Service
For those who do not have an active support service, but urgently need technical support
from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., and from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m.

The Technical Emergency Service addresses those who do not have a paid assistance service and who need to solve an urgent technical problem on days when there is no free assistance service. It can be activated by phone. Costs depend on the duration: for durations up to 30 minutes, the minimum amount applies. It can also be requested by those who do not hold a Super-Flash license.
For more information on the telephone assistance service, please contact Automa at +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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Number 1 February 2019 - Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 1
The Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 1 version is available from the end of November 2018
The new BETA 1 can be downloaded from the download section (Super-Flash Royalty-Free for registered users, owners of upgrade services) and freedownload (Super-Flash Runtime, with free access) on our website.
For more information on Super-Flash 4.6 Beta 1, or for a free presentation, contact our sales staff directly at +39 035.32.33.911 or by e-mail to sales@automa.it.
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