NET.LOGIX 4.0 provides a direct communications pipeline to the controller that makes it easy to talk to your PLC without OPC.
Phoenixville, PA (PRWEB) May 09, 2012
CimQuest INGEAR, a leading supplier of runtime-free software development solutions for industrial applications, announces NET.LOGIX 4.0, the latest version of the company’s factory floor device communications software. NET.LOGIX 4.0 provides a direct, easy-to-use communication pipeline between Visual Studio .NET applications and factory floor devices without the need for OPC servers—resulting in fast communications without high operating costs.
INGEAR NET.LOGIX 4.0 is designed for writing automation and control applications in Visual Basic.Net or Visual Studio C#, and allows users to perform the following:
- Communicate directly to Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix and SoftLogix programmable automation controllers via an Ethernet communication channel
- Design custom HMI and data acquisition and control applications for Microsoft’s .NET Framework
- Deploy applications on as many machines as they want, without paying additional license fees
NET.LOGIX requires no third-party components, drivers, API’s or tools, providing a simple, cost-effective communications solution.
“OPC is difficult and cumbersome to implement in custom applications due to the programming complexity. Additionally, OPC carries increased overhead as well as recurring licensing fees,” said Chuck Karwoski, President of CimQuest INGEAR. “Alternatively, NET.LOGIX 4.0 provides a direct communications pipeline to the controller that makes it easy to talk to your PLC without OPC. With an intuitive, yet simple and sensible interface, users have unprecedented flexibility to develop their own Windows programs, system services, class libraries and ASP.NET solutions for data acquisition and control.”
Like all solutions in the INGEAR.NET software family, NET.LOGIX 4.0 is a runtime free class library that simplifies building, developing and deploying connected systems for manufacturing applications using Visual Basic .NET or Visual Studio C#. It uses only three primary classes of .NET code, which are used to manage the PLC, manage the data that are read from or written to the PLC and manage groupings of methods, properties and events to optimize read/write operations on a collection.
Applications developed with NET.LOGIX 4.0 can run on 64- and 32-bit Windows and Windows Server and Linux with Mono Framework. A version of NET.LOGIX is also available for Compact Framework for Windows CE, Mobile and Smart devices. To provide users with flexible purchase options, NET.LOGIX 4.0 is offered in multiple editions, including Single Machine Edition, Developer Edition, Team Edition and Compact Framework Edition. An optional USB license key is also available to easily float development capabilities to runtime computers for field testing and debugging.
INGEAR NET.LOGIX 4.0 is available for immediate download and free trial. Visit http://www.ingeardrivers.com/netlogix for pricing and download instructions.
About CimQuest INGEAR
Since 1993, CimQuest INGEAR has been the leading developer of runtime free communication tools and library components for Visual Basic and other programming languages.
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