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NET.ABLINK 4.0 Release Provides Updated Communications

July 17th, 2012 admin No comments

Phoenixville, PA—July 17, 2012—CimQuest INGEAR, a leading supplier of runtime-free software development solutions for industrial applications, introduces its newest version of factory floor device communications software, NET.ABLINK 4.0. Providing a direct communication channel to Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers, NET.ABLINK 4.0 delivers fast communications without the need for costly OPC servers.

INGEAR NET.ABLINK 4.0 allows users to develop their own Windows programs, system services, class libraries and ASP.NET solutions for automation and control applications without OPC constraints. Through the software, operators experience the following benefits:

  • Direct communication to Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers using Ethernet, DH+, DH-485 or Serial DF1
  • Managed code specifically written to address the demands of writing HMI or data acquisition and control applications for Microsoft’s .NET Framework
  • Runtime free deployments without additional license fees
  • No third-party components, drivers, API’s or tools

“Unlike OPC, which is a middleware application that presents complex programming and challenging application compatibility, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is an embedded class that features a direct communications pipeline to the controller, making it easy to talk to your PLC—fast and without the overhead and recurring costs of OPC servers,” said Chuck Karwoski, President of CimQuest INGEAR.

Like all solutions in the INGEAR.NET software family, NET.ABLINK 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.ABLINK 4.0 can run on 64- and 32-bit Windows and Windows Server, Windows Compact Framework, Windows Mobile and Linux with Mono Framework. To provide users with flexible purchase options, NET.ABLINK 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.ABLINK 4.0 is available for immediate download and free trial. Visit http://www.ingeardrivers.com/ablink 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.

INGEAR, NET.LOGIX, NET.ABLINK, NET.S7LINK, NET.MBLINK, and NET.GELINK are trademarks of CimQuest INGEAR. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
CimQuest INGEAR
1-610-935-8232
plc.net@ingeardrivers.com

NET.GELINK (3.0.2010.1222) addresses GE 9070/9030 firmware bug

December 23rd, 2010 admin No comments

When using a Windows 7 machine to communicate to a GE 9070 or 9030 results in the PLC immediately resetting the socket connect.  This is because Windows 7 may assign the local endpoint IP Port number larger than 32767.   The firmware on the GE Ethernet module will immediately reset the connection if the source IP port is larger than 32767.

The behavior is limited to 9030/9070 and Windows 7.  The PAC Rx3i and Rx7i can receive source IP ports larger than 32767. Windows versions before Windows 7 typically assign port numbers less than 32767.

As a work around for the 9030/9070 firmware bug, INGEAR.NET.GELINK 3.0.2010.1222 Controller.IPAddress has the option to allow users to bind a specific port number to the local endpoint.  Users are responsible for port assignment and port management.

Syntax:

Controller.IPAddress = ipaddress<:portnum>

Example:

Controller.IPAddress = “192.168.1.45:2445″

This will connect to the PLC at 192.168.1.45 and use IP Port 2455 in the local end point.

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INGEAR.NET.GELINK is a Visual Studio .NET class library for communicating to GE-Fanuc PAC Rx3i/Rx7i, Series 9030/9070 and VersaMax programmable logic controllers using the SRTP Ethernet protocol.

INGEAR with LOGIX Firmware Release v18 and v19

December 17th, 2010 admin No comments

Several customer have contacted us expressing concern:  

I heard from our local Rockwell rep that the new tag memory structure in Logix firmware v18 and v19 affects INGEAR software is this true?

FALSE … firmware changes have no impact INGEAR software’s ability to read/write tags.

Although firmware release v18 &19 changed the internal memory utilization for Tags, it does not affect tag communication.

INGEAR.NET.LOGIX continues to be the leading choice for programmers developing Visual Studio .NET applications to Allen-Bradley Control Logix / Compact Logix programmable automation controllers.

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NET.LOGIX Update Build (3.0.2010.1115)

November 19th, 2010 admin No comments

NET.LOGIX Build 3.0.2010.1115 corrects or improves the following problems.

  • Corrects potential “Input string is not correct format” exception when machines Regional and Option settings are non English (United States)
  • NET.LOGIXCF strong named
  • Added VB6 Data Monitoring project
  • Setup installs missing NETLOGIXVB6 COM Interop dll
  • Setup corrects missing short cuts for example projects
  • Updated license dll

INGEAR.NET.LOGIX is a Visual Studio .NET communication class library software for Allen-Bradley ControlLogix/CompactLogix programmable automation controllers.

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NET.GELINK 3.0 Release

November 12th, 2010 admin No comments

INGEAR.NET.GELINK has been updated to version 3.0 and contains the following improvements:

  • Updated licensing dll for stable operations on Windows 7 and x64
  • Updated install set for Visual Studio 2010
  • Stricter enforcement of Tag.Name property
  • Updated INGEAR.NET.Interface.dll
  • Improved COM Interop wrapper dll
  • VB 6 Data Monitoring application

INGEAR.NET.GELINK is a Visual Studio .NET class library to communicate to GE-Fanuc PAC Rx3i, PAC Rx7i, Series 9070, Series 9030 and VersaMax controllers using SRTP Ethernet protocol.

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NET.LOGIX 3.0 Windows 7 Maintenance Release

October 21st, 2010 admin No comments

A maintenance release of INGEAR.NET.LOGIX 3.0 is available immediate download.

NET.LOGIX build 3.0.2010.1020 has an updated licensing .dll that improves behavior on Windows 7 and 64-bit machines.  The maintenance release also fixes a problem with a potential thread block in the Controller class.

All existing NET.LOGIX 3.0 users are eligible for this important update at no cost.  Installing this update does not require re-registering or re-activating your existing license.

NET.LOGIX is Visual Studio .NET communication class library for Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and CompactLogix programmable automation controllers.

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NET.ABLINK 3.0 Released with Unsolicited Message Support

September 8th, 2010 admin No comments

NEW ! – Unsolicited Message Support

Among the advanced features of NET.ABLINK 3.0 is a new PeerMessage class. The Peer Message class for Unsolicited Messages waits idle in a passive state for the Allen-Bradley controller to send data via a MSG instructions.  When the PeerMessage class receives the communication, it fires a notification event with data to so the user application can immediately process it.  The PeerMessage class can receive MSG instructions from MicroLogix, SLC, PLC-5, ControlLogix, CompactLogix and ControlLogix Gateway. ControlLogix and CompactLogix can send unsolicited messages using native tag names with structured and atomic data types, or data table address format.  The PeerMessage class automatically distinguishes between the various message formats so implementation is consistent between all data types and all Allen-Bradley PLC’s.

Another advanced feature in NET.ABLINK 3.0 is the new DTEncoding class which facilitates receiving User Defined Types (UDT’s), Pre-Defined Types (PDT’s) as objects in unsolicited messages from ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers.

INGEAR NET.ABLINK software provides an alternative to OPC- based drivers software for Visual Studio .NET developers.  Unlike OPC which is a middleware application, NET.ABLINK is an embedded class that provides a direct communication channel to Allen-Bradley controllers. The sensible API of NET.ABLINK 3.0 provides an easy to use interface that results in very fast communications without the overhead and recurring cost of OPC servers.    The users of NET.ABLINK have unprecedented flexibility to develop their own Windows programs, system services, class libraries and ASP .NET solutions without being boxed in by OPC constraints.

Like all solutions in the INGEAR.NET software family, NET.ABLINK 3.0 is a runtime free class library that simplify 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:  one of which manages the PLC, one the data that are read from or written to that PLC, and one manages groupings of methods, properties, and events to optimize read/write operations on a collection.

INGEAR NET.ABLINK 3.0 is available for immediate download. Visit

http://www.ingeardrivers.com/ablink for pricing, upgrade and download instructions

NET.LOGIX build 3.0.2010.729

July 28th, 2010 admin No comments

INGEAR.NET.LOGIX 3.0.2010.729 maintenance release is available for download.   This build corrects the follow problems:

  • Fixes problem with writing UDT with new instance of  Tag class.
  • Fixes problem with TagGroup reading arrayed tags

NET.LOGIX is an easy to use Visual Studio .NET class library for Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and CompactLogix programmable automation controllers.

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NET.LOGIX 3.0.2010.716 Maintenance Release

July 15th, 2010 admin No comments

INGEAR.NET.LOGIX 3.0.2010.716 maintenance release is available for download.

  • Updated INGEAR.NET.Interfaces 3.0 dll
  • Updated soft license API dll to v4.1 for improved stability on Windows 7
  • Corrects problem with reading UDT and STRING arrays
  • Correct problem with thread locks

If you’re an existing NET.LOGIX 3.0 user or have a current Maintenance Subscription Plan you are qualified for a free update.

If you do not have a current Maintenance Subscription Plan, you can download the NET.LOGIX 3.0 for trial and evaluation.

NET.LOGIX 3.0 is a Visual Studio .NET communication class library for Allen-Bradley Control Logix, Compact Logix and Soft Logix programmable automation controllers.  Using Visual Basic.NET of Visual Studio C#, you can create and deploy Windows Programs, System Services, Console Applications, ASP .NET services and more runtime free.

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NET.LOGIX v2.0.2010.324 Maintenance Update

March 23rd, 2010 admin No comments

INGEAR.NET.LOGIX v.2.0.2010.324 maintenance release available for download.  This version corrects the following problems:

  • Fixed “Invalid Tag.Name” exception from being thrown when a name contains a colon “:” character.  (e.g. Tag.Name = “Program:MyProgram.MyTag”)
  • Fixed “Invalid Tag.Name” exception from being thrown if a numeric character followed the colon “:” character in the Tag.Name ( e.g. Tag.Name = “Local:2:I.Data.0″)
  • Fixed problem with “Invalid Tag Name” exception not being thrown if there were mismatch in ‘[' and ']‘ characters in Tag.Name (e.g Tag.Name = “MyArray[0", or Tag.Name =" MyArray[0]]”)
  • Fixed problem with IEC 1131 2.12 naming standard enforcement
  • Fixed problem with cached tag write operation thrown “Tag.Value is null” exception”
  • Fixed problem with Tag constructor Tag(Controller, Name, Data Type) throwing an exception when reading an element of a boolean array ( e.g new Tag(MyPLC, “MyBoolArray[0]“, Logix.Tag.Atomic.BOOL”)

How to upgrade to NET.LOGIX v2.0.2010.324

  • NET.LOGIX users that have a current NET.LOGIX Maintenance Subscription Plan are eligible for a free software update.
  • NET.LOGIX users that have let their support expire should contact (sales@ingeardrivers.com) or call 1.866.935.797 (Toll Free US / Canada) Tel 1.610.935.8282 for pricing.

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