Delivering speed, flexibility and quality throughout theextended enterprise.
FactoryLinkOne product, many applications
UGS is recognized as a leadingtechnology visionary andinnovator. During the last 20 years, we have led thetransformation of the industrialsoftware industry.
Our team has accumulatedthousands of man-years ofexperience and a massive amount of industrial knowledge.We view our software as amechanism to package thisknowledge and deliver it to our customers in the form of a highly functional, high-performance solution.
UGS has always protectedcustomers’ applicationinvestments by maintainingcompatibility and seamlessupgrade paths. Unlike other companies who force customers to largely reworkprojects when new technologies emerge, UGS FactoryLink’ssuperior architecture hastranscended numerousunderlying technology shifts.
With more than 80,000installations of FactoryLink around the world, customersrepresenting nearly everyindustry on earth trust UGSTecnomatix™ solutions to monitor and control their most important processes.
UGS combines superiortechnology with a complete range of consulting, training and support services to ensureyou complete your project ontime and within budget.
Why choose FactoryLink?
One product, many applications
FactoryLink provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art tools that empower users to configure applications tailored to exactly satisfy their requirements.Spanning the spectrum of real-time human machine interfaces (HMI),supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and industrial information management applications, the versatility of the product is virtually unlimited.
A tradition of innovationYear Description1978 Ignited the market by creating the first user-configurable HMI for
the emerging PLC market
1986 First to deliver an HMI/SCADA product with open software architecture and real-time database
1990 First to establish standard relational databases as a single repository for all historical information
1994 First to ship a multi-user, n-tier application with symmetric multiprocessing support on Windows NT
1996 First to market with a web-based client allowing secure full-control and view-only functionality over the Internet
2000 First to introduce user-configurable application objects that allow modeling of all aspects of real-world devices
2002 First to provide a bidirectional XML interface to send and receive real-time values
Hybrid• Food and beverage• Pharmaceutical• Metals• Mining• Printing
Infrastructure• Building automation• Transportation
This adaptability is demonstrated by the more than 80,000 systems installed worldwide in such diverse industries as:
TrendingUsers are capable of easily viewingreal-time and historical informationsimultaneously on any single chart,enabling operators to make moreintelligent operational decisions.
Graphical user interfaceFactoryLink’s graphical interface iscalled Client Builder. It provides acomprehensive, object-orientedvisualization environment withembedded Microsoft VBA to enablea completely tailored solution.
ReportsThe real-time report generator task allows real-time values to besaved in a text file or html file for use with a web browser.
Networking and redundancyFactoryLink easily supportsredundant applications with itsadvanced networking functionality.It is just as easy to build othernetwork topologies including stand-alone, client-server, multi-station andpeer-to-peer configurations.
RecipesA recipe task enables easy batchdownload and upload of processvariables with FactoryLink.
Math and logic A powerful server-sidemath and logic scriptinglanguage enables almostany unique requirement tobe met. It can be eitherinterpreted for easydebugging or compiled formaximum speed.
Alarms and eventsThe alarm manager iscompletely distributed, somultiple applications canaggregate their alarms andevents, allowing a single userto view, acknowledge andrespond to geographicallydispersed applications.
Data loggingFactoryLink provideshigh-speed recording of large data sets in a column-orientedschema for raw speed or a row-orientedschema to easily enabledynamic additions.
Relational database interfacesFactoryLink supports anyODBC database such asSQL Server, which isincluded with the product.The relational databaseinterface can communicatesimultaneously with multipleback-end databases fromdifferent vendors.
OPC serverUnique in the industry, OPC isthe standard communicationmechanism between aFactoryLink server and client.You can use the OPC server tobroadcast real-time data to anystandard OPC client.
Custom tasksTasks developed with theprogrammer’s access kit are completely integratedinto the FactoryLink systemand are configured thesame as FactoryLink tasksdeveloped by UGS.
OPC clientsStandards-based communicationto any OPC-enabled data source is easy and quick using FactoryLink’s included OPCclient.
XML interfaceReal-time bidirectional accessto the FactoryLink database isavailable to any XML-enabledexternal application.
Device interfacesA rich library of externaldevice interfaces is availablecovering hundreds of popularshop floor devices includingPLC, RTU and DCS hardware.
What’s new in FactoryLink• Comprehensive new functionality allows users to rapidly build
applications compliant with the requirements of the US FDA 21 CFRPart 11 regulations and other GAMP (good automated manufacturingpractices) initiatives.
• Out-of-the-box reporting enables users to instantly understand trendsand tendencies in the operational knowledge they collect frommanaged processes.
• Automatic e-mailing of alarms and events allows users to quicklyacknowledge and respond to upset conditions.
• New waveform and sequencing task helps quickly commission projectsby emulating real-world I/O and devices.
• One-click client enables rapid deployment of client nodes on a LAN or VPN using a lightweight install requiring no user intervention.
• Rapid setup of redundant applications is made easier by several ease-of-use and license server enhancements.
• FactoryLink’s groundbreaking application object technology enables 10xperformance improvement in the automatic generation of systems.
Powerful and easy configuration tools
Visualization of the real-time process keeps operators informed and in control.
Configuration ExplorerConfiguration Explorer is an intuitive environment that providesaccess to configure and run FactoryLink server applications over a network. A single user can access multiple FactoryLink servers,or multiple users can concurrently configure a single FactoryLinkserver. This distributed access results in a significant increase inapplication development productivity. Configuration Explorerprovides a familiar Microsoft Explorer-like hierarchical view fornavigating through FactoryLink applications.
Configuration Explorer promotes the concept of object-basedconfiguration using application objects that model real-worldobjects and include the various SCADA functionalities availablewithin the system, such as alarming, data logging and communications.A FactoryLink application can be built simply by dragging thedesired objects into the application.
Application object technology unleashes unprecedented levels of productivity:• Repetition in configuration is completely eliminated • Configuration errors are reduced • Application development times are slashed • Application maintenance is far easier
Client BuilderClient Builder is a tool for building dynamic process visualizationgraphics. Very easy to use and intuitive, Client Builder providesunique functionality and productivity for building user interfacestailored to the requirements of HMI and SCADA applications.Numerous advanced functions are standard in Client Builder, suchas complete pan and zoom, multiple monitor support, layering,decluttering on zoom, data caching and many others.
Client Builder is an ActiveX container, so any compatible third-party ActiveX control can be inserted into a Client Builder mimic.ActiveX controls are included for viewing alarms, trend charts anddatabase queries within FactoryLink. ActiveX document supportenables real-time graphics to be combined with other content in a web browser.
Client Builder incorporates Microsoft Visual Basic for applicationsso users can easily script and extend functionality using an open and standard environment. Any graphical object such as drawings,animations, symbols, mimics and user profiles are completelycustomizable by altering their properties in VBA scripts.
A strong object orientation is achieved by using graphical symbolsthat are class-based and object-oriented. Each time a symbol ismodified, all instances inherit changes to their visualization and real-time links. Symbols and libraries are included with the product ormay be user-defined and shared with other projects.
Configuring applications is easy with drag-and-drop applicationobjects, which can import data directly from Excel.
FactoryLink’s unique architecture outperforms the competition – in some cases by more than 10 times.
An advanced high-performance architecture
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A unique combination of event-driven and exception-based processing techniques maximizes overall system performance.
FactoryLink’s patented architecture insulates you fully from rapid technologicalchanges allowing you to adopt at your own pace.
Real-time computing systems make unique demands on processors, file systems, relational databases, networking and other basic computing subsystems. To meet the demands of overall system performance, speed and responsiveness requires a well-crafted architecture.
At the core of FactoryLink is the open software bus, a design so significant that the U.S. Patent Office awarded patents for thistechnology. This architecture empowers UGS and our customers to take advantage of the latest technologies and standards and most importantly delivers speed and performance superior to that of all other designs.
High-speed data transfersTransferring large amounts of information at the highest possiblespeed is essential for real-time automation systems. The opensoftware bus provides data transfers optimized for each individualsoftware module. In a single operation, each module accesses only the data it needs regardless of the number of modulessupplying the data.
Event-driven and exception-based processingUGS FactoryLink provides the highest possible overall systemperformance, speed and responsiveness, by combining exception-based and event-driven processing techniques. Event-drivenapplications are processed only when actions are taken or new data is available, while exception-based systems process only theexceptions or changes to the data rather than every single event.While others may apply one of these techniques to some areas of their software, only FactoryLink applies event and exceptionprocessing to all modules.
Future proof applicationsAnother advantage of the FactoryLink architecture is the protection it affords you with respect to rapid changes in underlying technologies. The flexible FactoryLink architecture isalways implemented on the latest technologies and affords you the opportunity to leverage any specific technology at anytime.The result is that you can move at your own pace and leverage the newest technologies when the time is right for you and yourorganization. This proven strategy has empowered our customers to bridge over 20 years of technological changes with seamlessapplication compatibility and updates.
Lower infrastructure costs – FactoryLink’s superiorhigh-performance architecture does not requireas many computing resources as competitiveproducts to achieve an equivalent level ofperformance. This reduces your overall hardware,software and support costs.
Grow as you go – The exception-based processingarchitecture allows you to scale applications fromthe very small to the very large with minimaladditional hardware costs.
Compliance assurance – Detailed audit logs,multiple security levels and other advancedfeatures facilitate building applications that are compliant with industry standards andgovernment regulations (21 CFR Part 11,TREAD Act, etc.).
Harness the power of the network – The multi-tierarchitecture design means that it can be deployedin a wide array of flexible architectures includingsingle station, multi-station client/server and peer-to-peer.
High availability – Best-in-class applicationredundancy and online configuration capabilitiesare easy to set up to ensure that your system is continuously up and running 24/7.
Comprehensively open – Open, published interfaces based on industry standards mean your application can be seamlessly integrated into virtually any environment.
Everything you need – Only FactoryLink includesMicrosoft SQL Server and true Microsoft VBA in the box, ensuring that you can assemble acomplete solution without incurring additionaland costly third-party license expenses.
About UGSUGS is a leading global provider of productlifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensedseats and 46,000 customers worldwide.Headquartered in Plano,Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizationsand their partners collaborate throughGlobal Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services whileleveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions,fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.For more information on UGS products and services, visit www.ugs.com.
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