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Automation software with ‘ergonomic’ features

17 February 2014

COPA-DATA is introducing version 7.11 of its zenon automation software, which promises improvements in the ergonomic interaction and control, in lot-based production and process control, as well as in the energy industry.

The main focus of zenon 7.11 lies in its ergonomic features such as user-friendliness, simplification, relevance, data availability, data aggregation, performance improvements and efficiency. 

The new ‘faceplate’ screen, for example allows for reduced engineering efforts, improved flexibility and a better overview. Various screen types can be combined in one frame as required, such as: current process data, an Alarm Message List and recipe administration. This offers the operator more and diverse information in parallel, for a specific automation component. The same frame can be launched as often as required and several faceplates can be connected on a screen. It is also possible to repeatedly use the same screen type in a faceplate.

Ergonomic working is enhanced through the simplified user administration in zenon 7.11. User details from the Windows domain can now be maintained – created, edited or deleted – directly in zenon Runtime, making it possible to save all HMI/SCADA relevant information to the Windows user. Central security rules and guidelines from corporate IT can also be fully adopted in this way. Users can also login centrally for all projects via an integration project. 

COPA-DATA has paid particular attention to the automatic data aggregation in zenon 7.11. The philosophy behind these new functionalities is to assist the user and so let them concentrate on the main tasks. The new version offers predefined compression profiles for the Historian in zenon Editor, which supports the project engineer when deciding between the countless possibilities to create a well-functioning archive structure. Also aggregated archives are created automatically. Furthermore, individual profiles can be defined and reused later. 

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