ARC Informatique releases new version of PcVue

10 November 2008

ARC Informatique has bolstered its PcVue software with features designed to cut the cost of running and implementing process control projects. PcVue V.8.2 is compatible with AutoCAD and can enable the conversion of FactoryLink data.

The SCADA tool also supports VMware, which allows a single PC to manage several virtual machines.

PcVue was designed to reduce the development and implementation time of industrial process control applications where it is used for assembly lines in chemical, pharmaceutical and agri-food plants.

V.8.2 features a Smart Generator tool. Since the creation of this control application, Smart Generator has allowed the use of data from software platforms such as Wago Codesys, Schneider Electric Unity, ISaGRAF, Echelon or all types of PLC program to create automatic man/machine interfaces (object models, behaviours, etc). With version V.8.2, PcVue integrates the existing data of old, obsolete control platforms, such as FactoryLink, as well as AutoCAD files and more general files (.dwg or .dxf).

The tool now supports the virtual environment VMware. Instead of having several machines distributed around the control site, a single central PC is used. It simulates the other machines and one part of its resource is allocated to each virtual machine.

To add a control application the operator copies and pastes from the existing virtual machine on the PC, which supplies it to the user’s terminal. In the case of process changes, such as production rate or new conditions, the allocated resources can be adjusted through the central PC to this virtual machine.

The company says it has improved Web Services connectors through an open web connection interface that allows third party applications, such as ERP or MES, to connect easily to PcVue V.8.2, independently of the number of machines or their geographic location.

PcVue V.8.2 will be shown at SPS in Nuremberg. November 25-27, on stand 7A-602

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