Software Toolbox Expands Top Server Power Distribution Connectivity, Improves
Oil and Gas Industry Support
New Version Supports IEC 61850 Protocol; Enhances Electronic Flow
Measurement, ControlLogix Firmware Support and GE Ethernet
CHARLOTTE, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/05/13 -- Software Toolbox(R)
today announced the release of TOP Server Version 5.11 with a new IEC
61850 protocol driver commonly used for power distribution
applications. The product release also features an OPC XML-DA Client
driver for connectivity to OPC XML-DA servers, electronic flow
measurement (EFM) enhancements for the oil and gas industry,
ControlLogix firmware Version 21 support updates as well as
enhancements and fixes for many other existing communications
Top Server is Software Toolbox's OPC and native HMI device
connectivity software application offering more than 130 different
device drivers and plug-ins. Powered by Kepware, TOP Server Version
5.11 delivers new drivers, as well as, enhancements to the main
server and many existing drivers.
Expanding the connectivity options for the power and utilities
sector, TOP Server Version 5.11 introduces the initial release of the
IEC 61850 MMS Client Driver. This driver is available separately or
is included in the Power and Utilities Suite. TOP Server can now
connect to power transmission and distribution devices supporting the
IEC 61850 protocol over the Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS)
For connectivity to third-party OPC XML-DA servers, TOP Server adds
an OPC XML-DA Client driver to the OPC Client Suite. Specifically,
some automation systems have integrated OPC XML-DA servers that can
be used for network communications, such as Siemens(R) Simotion(R)
systems and specific Siemens(R) wind turbines. TOP Server can now be
used to integrate these OPC XML-DA systems with client applications
not supporting OPC XML-DA.
In keeping with continuing efforts to maintain full compatibility
with automation hardware, TOP Server Version 5.11 expands
ControlLogix Ethernet driver support for the latest Allen-Bradley
release of ControlLogix firmware, Version 21. The driver has been
updated for pre-defined data types support for automatic tag
generation, as required by the firmware. Other enhancements for
ControlLogix Ethernet include support for controller project change
detection for online and offline project edits, minimizing the
possibility of communications issues due to such changes.
TOP Server Version 5.11 also adds enhancements for the Electronic
Flow Measurement (EFM) Suite, including a new EFM simulator driver,
which provides an easy method for EFM users to test configurations
without having access to a physical EFM device. Other TOP Server EFM
updates include expanded client control options via a range of new
system tags as well as several performance improvements.
"Constant innovation and enhancement has always been one of the major
focuses of Software Toolbox, enabling the company to meet all of the
needs of the user," said Kevin Rutherford, brand manager at Software
Toolbox. "Our expansion of new drivers and existing driver
functionality means users can integrate TOP Server applications and
processes over the widest variety of vertical industries, such as
power and utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing and many more."
TOP Server Version 5.11 also brings performance updates to the GE
Ethernet driver. The driver has been updated to support reading
multiple blocks in a single read request, dramatically increasing the
potential performance capabilities of the driver, especially for
larger projects. The GE Ethernet driver now also supports bit-level
access when using symbolic variables with PACSystems controllers.
Additional improvements in TOP Server Version 5.11 include:
-- ABB Totalflow Serial Support for DB1 - The driver can now communicate
with G1 and early G2 Totalflow devices.
-- Enron Modbus Configurable Addressing - The driver now supports
configurable addressing, which provides users the flexibility to set
address ranges to work with devices not using standard Enron address
-- Other Driver Updates - Expanded functionality and improvements made to
the ControlLogix Ethernet, ControlLogix Unsolicited Ethernet, DNP3
Suite, Fisher ROC Suite, Omni Flow Computer Driver, as well as other
enhancements. For full details of updates and enhancements in TOP
Server Version 5.11, please see the release notes.
TOP Server Version 5.11 is available for download or as an upgrade for
users with active support and maintenance contracts at
NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution 300dpi graphics for TOP Server
Version 5.11 are available for download at the following link:
ABOUT SOFTWARE TOOLBOX
Since 1996, Software Toolbox has been an
industry source for industrial automation software, from project
conception to completion. The company has served more than 10,000
clients in 110 countries helping them find, evaluate, purchase and
support automation software solutions. These solutions include OPC
servers, clients, development toolkits, HMI/SCADA
add-ins/enhancements, and ActiveX and .NET development tools for
Visual Studio C#/VB/C++. Software Toolbox works with its clients in
all phases of projects to help them find and determine the right
tools to use and to support overall project objectives and maximize
their industrial software results.
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Toolbox, Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
The names Siemens(R) and Simotion(R) are registered trademarks of the
Siemens AG. Usage of Siemens(R) and Simotion(R) does not imply
endorsement by Siemens AG.
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