Automated Engineering with zenon. part 3: automating with XML and ideas for practical use

Automate with XML There are now four possibilities for editing variables in the zenon Editor: Import via a driver: For example, Siemens S7 TIA portal, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, OPC UA and many more. Export/import in dBase format: An old format that can still be used by Excel and Access. Export/import in CSV (comma-separated text file): This […]

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Automated Engineering with zenon. part 2: When do you use automated engineering?

Creating a program for automated engineering yourself is time consuming and requires specialist knowledge. You should thus first always ask yourself the question: manual or automated? Reasons for choosing automation are as follows: Repeated tasks: For example, creating the same users, variables, functions etc. for each new machine Information is already available in digital form: […]

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Automated Engineering with zenon. part 1: introduction

Automated engineering allows projects to be created partly or fully automatically. Depending on the application, this can happen by means of setting parameters in already existing wizards and tools, such as for the import/export possibilities of zenon Editor. Alternatively, however, zenon is controlled using scripts and macros or an external program, for which programming knowledge […]

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In or out? This is how you can find out whether your C# code would prefer to exist in its own application.

It’s always the same question: VSTA, ActiveX, .NET control or perhaps an EXE after all? So, we’d like to give you some new food for thought and criteria for making the best decision. First things first: whether program code is best executed within the main application or as its own process depends very much on […]


Ergonomics of Sustainability, Innovation & Continuous Integration (part 4)

In the previous blog post we explained how to upgrade a zenon standalone system. This time we are going to focus on a zenon Network server-client system. On a zenon Network server-client System we have to bear in mind that more than one operator works with the system. This makes the upgrade sequence a bit […]

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Ergonomics of Sustainability, Innovation & Continuous Integration (Part 3)

In the previous blog articles we looked at the information that is essential to understand before initiating any upgrade sequence with zenon. In this article, we will look more closely at the specifics of updating a standalone system. As a reminder, these are the possible zenon network types: Standalone (single PC, no zenon network active) […]

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Ergonomics of Sustainability, Innovation and Continuous Integration (part 2)

The first blog post of this series gave some background information about compatibility of diverse zenon versions. When we talk about a zenon version we need to be precise and need to name exactly what we mean by it. This graphic outlines the different components involved and their respective version. zenon Editor zenon Runtime zenon […]

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Ergonomics of Sustainability, Innovation and Continuous Integration (Part 1)

Introduction The goal of zenon is to give you the best tool, a tool on the latest technical level, for you to be able to get a head start in offering exciting automation solutions to your customers. Speed, flexibility, motivation and sustainability matter. At COPA-DATA we talk about the ergonomics of sustainability, innovation and continuous […]

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Security: Is the HTML Web Engine secure?

Security has the highest priority Measures such as encrypted communication based on security certificates or user authentication contribute to protecting the system. User Authentication This is fully based on the zenon Runtime User Management (including Active Directory). You can set user levels in the zenon RT for example, to prevent somebody who is not authorized […]

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HTML5 visualization with the zenon Web Server – Licensing

Which license is required for the HTML Web Engine? A Web Server Pro or Web Server is required for the HTML Web Engine. From zenon version 7.50 on, the zenon Web Server can provide visualization as an HTML5-compliant web page. HTML5-compatible web browsers are thereby always in a position to process and display visualization content; […]