Control Engineering, Tecnomatix Custom Newsletter for December 10, 2003


A custom advertising newsletter from Control Engineering & Tecnomatix| December 10, 2003

Today's leading global companies are adopting Tecnomatix solutions to expand revenue potential and reduce costs by accelerating product introductions, shortening time to volume, and optimizing production execution. Tecnomatix FactoryLink enables our customers to succeed with its collaborative, open platform and applications for monitoring and control of industrial processes.

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Can You Really Do More with Less?
Yes, if you use the latest release of FactoryLink.

Doing more with less is a well-worn topic in these years of economic downturn. It has become easy to scoff at such claims since most of us believe that we are always working with less and less, but not necessarily achieving more. In the world of manufacturing automation, however, a product that has the capability to deliver on its promise—such as larger applications (point count) and more applications (system count) with less time, less risk, and less resources—is worth an examination.

For all this talk of “doing more with less” to mean something to an engineer who’s heard it all before, specific details must be provided. That’s why Tecnomatix is highlighting two important areas that allow you to do more with less using FactoryLink 7.2. The first area of focus is the timesaving advantage of FactoryLink’s advanced, object-oriented configuration tools. The second area of focus is on the high-performance exception-processing architecture that allows you to deploy less hardware and infrastructure to solve a problem with less complexity.

Create More in Less Time with Leading Edge Configuration Tools

FactoryLink incorporates a leading edge set of application configuration tools designed to help you do more with less risk, time, and effort. These object-oriented tools provide advanced functionality, such as:

  • A time-saving feature called application objects that supports the importation of data from diverse systems such as Excel, relational databases, flat files, or even user input via custom HTML dialogs;

  • Support for concurrent development, allowing multiple application developers to work simultaneously on the same application, thereby decreasing the time required to complete a project;

  • Advanced branching capability that powers rapid application development by allowing any individual graphical symbol or arbitrary group of symbols to be dynamically attached to a “branch” or group of related tags. New application screens can be developed in less time by changing a single name; and

  • A powerful graphics development environment that supports a rich set of features including: layering, decluttering, run-time pan and zoom, arbitrary path animations, and client-side Microsoft Visual Basic with a fully exposed object model.

Process More Data with Less Complexity

At the core of FactoryLink is a patented [U.S. Patent 4,908,746] exception-processing real-time kernel. Unique in the industry, this high-performance kernel design ensures that tasks communicating with the kernel consume computing resources only when tags they are dependent on change in value. This ensures a high degree of application processing efficiency and system throughput with a minimum amount of underlying computing infrastructure—the very essence of “doing more with less.”

Around the kernel, independent applications perform various processing functions such as alarming, trending, graphics, I/O interfaces, etc. Each of these applications is truly independent, communicating with the others only through the kernel. This modular design ensures that various application tasks can be individually scheduled by the operating system unlike many of the monolithic SCADA/HMI application architectures in the market today, which cannot as effectively utilize multi-processor and hyperthreading machine architectures.
Using less infrastructure and resources to implement an application results in simpler configurations giving you higher reliability, easier deployment and more manageability.

More or Less?
Some of the most demanding applications in the world, as well as some of the most demanding engineers, use FactoryLink. If you demand more for less, visit us on the Web to download the FactoryLink 7.2 Technical Overview and learn what we can do for you.

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