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Smart factory software

18th April 2017

Posted By Paul Boughton


With the new software versions, zenon 7.60 and zenon Analyzer 3.10, COPA-DATA supports customers and partners on their individual road to the smart factory

With the new version of its automation software systems, zenon 7.60 and zenon Analyzer 3.10, Copa-Data is presenting further developments for ergonomic working for project engineers and operators in manufacturing companies and the energy sector.

Fully traceable processes

A new feature is the zenon Process Recorder module. It records individually definable processes in full and provides them on request at a later point in time.

Past processes can be played back, forwarded or reversed step by step, or stopped as often as required. The findings related to possible causes of errors can be used to increase effectiveness and quality.

The zenon Process Recorder is not just suitable for manufacturing companies such as food and beverages manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies; but it is also suited to power supply companies.

The improved traceability of process in electricity grids or substations supports grid operators in maintaining critical infrastructure.

Bundled individual information in a structured manner

With the new Context List screen type, zenon provides improved support for users when structuring manually entered data.

Entries made by different users can be harmonised with the new context lists, which is particularly beneficial for the analysis of alarm causes.

Uniform, pre-defined descriptions ensure that alarm causes are subsequently evaluated – with zenon Analyzer for example – and can be used for quality management.

Quick location of statuses and errors

Project engineers can easily integrate 3D models into a visualisation project with the new 3D Tool in zenon.

The three-dimensional view of production machines increases user friendliness and promotes intuitive working. In the model, variables that call up the detail screens in a machine part can be linked or created. This makes it possible to locate certain states in the machine quickly.

zenon 7.60 also offers the possibility to combine data from geoinformation systems (GIS) and zenon visualisation. With the GIS editor and GIS control, users can display electricity grids in the zenon visualisation in geographical mapping material.

Current statuses, such as alarms, are shown on the map directly. Users can thus localise certain states and events more precisely and handle alarms more efficiently.

The impedance-based fault locating is also new in zenon. This functionality plays a vital role in energy automation.

Using the impedance measured (alternating current resistance), it is possible to localise errors in the grid with great precision. The employees at energy supply companies can thus react quickly, significantly reducing power outages.

Efficient planning, documenting and analysing

The new zenon Shift Management integrates staff planning into the production environment. The shift calendar allows the planning and documentation of shift-based production processes.

Shift-dependent production analyses can now be carried out in zenon Analyzer. Shift management is integrated into the zenon Message Control module, allowing an efficient communication chain to be built in the event of a problem, because only the people in charge of the respective shift are informed.

Easy add-in integration

Software users who want to amend or expand the performance of zenon with their own self-developed functions – Add-Ins – can use the Microsoft Visual Studio programming platform in zenon 7.60.

Individual, code-based development for the zenon Editor and zenon Runtime can thus be integrated in a simple and professional manner on this basis. Thisexpands the range of possibilities for automated engineering.

Ergonomic report configuration

The user interface of zenon Analyzer Management Studio (ZAMS) has been completely redesigned. In addition to the user-friendly ribbon menu, the creation of reports in zenon Analyzer 3.10 is even more intuitive and flexible.

The person creating the report is guided through configuration by the software and report designs can be compiled according to user requirements.

Different reports can be combined on an overview sheet. Users thus have all important key figures, tables and graphics at a glance.

Increased equipment availability

In zenon 7.60, the Context List screen type has been implemented, which makes it possible to structure alarm causes in a uniform manner.

The alarm causes can be evaluated in detail in zenon Analyzer and can contribute to better quality management. On the basis of the findings in relation to recurring errors and their causes, users can act in a more targeted manner, limiting the sources of errors and increasing equipment availability.

Flexible benchmarking

In the new software version, comparative reports can be easily and individually created in accordance with the user's requirements.

Time periods, lots or shifts can thus be compared to one another flexibly; for example, actual values can be compared to ‘perfect’ values from the past. Based on this data analysis, processes can be optimised and costs can be saved.

International co-operation and communication

Labels and descriptions in the report can now be easily translated in the language table. Pre-prepared entries can be amended or enhanced as desired.

For the translation process, the list can be transferred to a translator by means of an XML export and re-imported again by means of an XML import.









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