With the new version of its automation software systems, zenon 7.60 and zenon Analyzer 3.10, COPA-DATA is offering further improvements for ergonomic working for project engineers and operators in manufacturing companies and the energy sector.
A significant 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.
COPA-DATA sees the zenon Process Recorder as not just suitable for manufacturing sectors such as food and beverages or pharmaceutical companies — 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.
With its 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 and can be used for quality management.
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 — employees at energy supply companies can therefore 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.
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. This expands the range of possibilities for automated engineering.
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.
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.
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.