Dear PCD users,
You are registered as Engiby News reader. To modify your registration please go to www.engiby.ch/news.htm
The Engiby News informs you about new products available at Engiby, new documents on the Internet site and actual development activities.
First of all I would like to welcome all new readers of the Engiby News. I also encourage everybody to forward this News to any further PCD user.
I assume that your are back from your holidays an fully resourced to start your new project.
Now, let’s come to the topics…You will see that we have been working even during this hot summer.
As you maybe know, the NG-Dump is a simple software to capture data from a PCD and store it in a file on a personal computer. A new version is now available with several new possibilities.
The NG-Dump now can save
the data in MS-Excel files (only CSV till now). In the Excel file, the data can
be organised in row or in columns.
If desired, the data can be overwritten each time in the same cells to show always the last values.
The NG-Dump can be called in a single shot mode. In this case, the application is started, the data are collected and saved in the file, and the application is automatically closed. This is useful to collect spontaneous data to prepare a report, an invoice or any document based on instant data.
A Multipoint version is now available. This version allows to collect and mix data from several PCD stations.
You can find more details about the NG-Dump or even load the freeware version at http://www.engiby.ch/ngdump/ngdump.htm.
The NG-Data is a powerful package for collecting data in a MS-Access database. The data are collected by the PCD itself (without permanent connection). The data package is then transmitted to a server via modem.
The NG-Data software, called Database Handler, now support all PG4 and PG5 drivers (only S-Bus parity till now). This allows for instance connection to the servers via Ethernet.
The server now supports several buffers. The server can store several data packages from external stations even if the Database Handler is not permanently connected.
A Manual Reading function has been implemented. In manual reading mode, the available data packages are first listed. The user can then decide to transfer the data to the database, to clear the data, to save the data in an temporary file or keep the data stored in the server for future reading.
Automatic Clock setting. When the Database Handler get the connection to the PCD Server, the clock value of the PCD is checked and, if the time differ from the PC time, a setting of the PCD Clock is performed. This feature is specially useful with the manual reading and when the Site and the Server are on the same PCD.
More information about the NG-Data are available at http://www.engiby.ch/ngdata/ngdata.htm.
Text Output Library
This new library allows you to define formatted text messages, with variables, that will be send to a serial line on event without writing a single line of PCD code.
The Text Output Library is a new application for the Engiby Configurator. The application is realized by filling an Excel file.
you many advantages like :
- a very good overview of your texts
- a comfortable editing tool (MS-Excel)
- text length formatting by the compilator
- well definable line structure by use of models
- useful pre-formatted texts and variables (PCD Time, PCD Date, Spaces, Marks, Line jump, etc…)
- inclusion of PCD variables with physical addresses of global symbols, including format.
- simple way for creating a multi language application (with the compilation options)
- and more...
Please contact Engiby for more information.
You can also download and read the Help file of the Text Output Library at www.engiby.ch/txtout/help.zip
Modbus TCP Master
The new version of the Modbus Driver 2 supports now the Master function. A set of Fboxes is available to define each Slave station to connect and the SEND/RCV messages. Each station is supervised and is automatically disconnected in case of problem and reconnected after an adjustable reconnect time. Each station can also be disconnected by the user program to avoid communication timeout. The driver supports Modbus/TCP as well as UDP.
Customers with a licence of
a version 1.5x or 1.6x can extend their licence to the Modbus Driver 2
for a special price.
For further information about Modbus TCP, go to http://www.engiby.ch/modbus/tcpfaq.htm.
This is to remember you
that the procedure to update and register your driver for PG5 1.2 is described
If you have ordered a driver or an update since begin of 2003, ask for a free update until end of 2003 !
Fbox installation updated for PG5 1.2
The document giving
detailed explanation about Library installation has been updated with
information about the PG5 1.2.
Read it at http://www.engiby.ch/libfaq.htm.
Engiby, N. Bovigny, 02.09.2003