SOURCE: Opto 22

October 28, 2005 05:00 ET

Opto 22 Introduces ioProject Basic, ioProject Professional

Complete Automation Software Suites Designed Specifically for Company's New SNAP PAC Family of Programmable Automation Controllers

TEMECULA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 28, 2005 -- Opto 22, a developer and manufacturer of hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, data acquisition, and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, announced today the release of ioProject™ Basic and ioProject Professional, two automation software suites that include all the control programming, human-machine interface (HMI) development, and connectivity tools required to design, develop, and maintain sophisticated industrial control, monitoring, and data acquisition applications. Used with Opto 22's line of Ethernet-based programmable automation controllers, including the recently introduced SNAP PACs, this completely integrated hardware and software combination provides unmatched power, simplicity, and reliability at the industry's most competitive price, while delivering extraordinary automation equipment value to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, and end-users.

The ioProject Basic software suite includes ioControl™ Basic, ioDisplay™ Basic, ioManager™, and various other tools and utilities. ioProject Professional includes the same components, but with added features and functionality, plus OptoOPCServer™.

ioProject Basic is included free with purchase of a SNAP PAC programmable automation controller. This software suite also supports all Opto 22 SNAP Ethernet-based I/O and Ethernet Optomux industrial control and input/output systems and components, including the recently introduced SNAP high-density digital, load cell, and other modules.

"By merging the SNAP PAC R-series programmable automation controller and the ioProject Basic software into one, simple-to-use package, we are providing customers a superior 'shoebox PLC-class' hardware controller and the complete set of software needed to develop control programs and user interfaces -- all for under a thousand dollars," says Benson Hougland, Opto 22 Vice President. "This is unprecedented in an industry where most other automation vendors charge much more for the software alone."

ioControl Basic, part of ioProject Basic, is a self-documenting, flowchart-based programming and debugging tool that includes an extensive, plain-English command set, as well as a powerful scripting language, each offering commands for analog and digital control, complex math, conditional branching, string handling, serial device control, subroutines, PID loop control, data arrays, and other complex functions. With over 15 years of field experience in proven applications all over the globe, ioControl is based upon the world's most implemented flowcharting programming language in use today.

ioControl Professional, part of ioProject Professional, adds support for the mistic™ I/O serial communications protocol and command set, allowing existing Opto 22 customers with legacy I/O systems to migrate to the most recent software suite available while keeping their existing I/O hardware intact. ioControl Professional also provides a means to import control strategies developed with Opto 22's widely deployed OptoControl™, part of Opto 22's FactoryFloor™ suite of automation software, which was introduced in 1995. Finally, ioControl Professional adds the capability to configure the SNAP PAC's dual Ethernet interfaces for segmented controller/input-output networking or Ethernet link redundancy.

ioDisplay Basic is a full-featured, human-machine interface (HMI) application used to design and run operator interfaces on Microsoft® Windows®-based clients. With ioDisplay Basic, users can create elaborate graphical user interfaces using original or included symbols, jpegs, and bitmaps. Support for alarm management, recipe handling, operator logging, real-time and historical trending, multimedia, and unlimited tags places ioDisplay Basic on the same footing as competitive applications costing thousands of dollars more.

ioDisplay Professional, also part of ioProject Professional, adds the ability to import HMI projects developed with OptoDisplay™, again part of Opto 22's FactoryFloor software, providing users with a clear migration path to newer human-machine interface systems. Further, if users choose to retain their legacy hardware (like the popular SNAP-LCM4 controller), ioDisplay Professional can connect to these existing controllers without any reprogramming.

The ioProject Professional features of ioControl and ioDisplay offer existing users several benefits: the opportunity to utilize the newer and more powerful SNAP PAC-S and SNAP PAC-R Ethernet-based controllers; the option of adding OptoTerminal™ touchscreens to their control systems; and the ability to use the latest releases of SNAP I/O™ modules -- all without sacrificing existing investments in I/O, instrumentation, and field wiring.

In addition to the ioControl and ioDisplay components, ioProject Professional also includes OptoOPCServer, a fast, efficient OLE for Process Control (OPC) 2.0-compliant server used to consolidate and publish I/O point and SNAP PAC data to OPC-aware clients -- including third-party HMIs such as Wonderware's InTouch®, Intellution's iFix®, and Iconic's Genesis®.

ioProject Basic is free with purchase of any Opto 22 SNAP PAC R- or S-series controller. ioProject Basic can also be downloaded at no charge from Opto 22's website.

ioProject Professional is priced at US$999. The individual ioProject Professional software components, ioControl Professional, ioDisplay Professional, and OptoOPCServer, are also available separately and each is priced at US$399.

About Opto 22

Opto 22 develops and manufactures hardware and software products for applications in industrial automation, remote monitoring, and data acquisition. Using standard, commercially available Internet, networking, and computer technologies, Opto 22's input/output and control systems allow customers to monitor, control, and acquire data from all of the mechanical, electrical, and electronic assets that are key to their business operations. Opto 22's products and services support automation end users, OEMs, and information technology and operations personnel. Founded in 1974 and with over 85 million Opto 22-connected devices deployed worldwide, the company has an established reputation for innovation, quality, and reliability.

Opto 22 products are sold through a worldwide network of distributors, partners, and system integrators. For more information, contact Opto 22 headquarters at 800-321-OPTO or visit the website at

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