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  • 2017-05-26

New Asix Package: Asix 9.0.5

On May 24th, 2017 the new Asix.Evo 9.0.5 package version has been launched on the market. It contains some very important new features.

Fast variable refresh

In the new package, we simplified the data access in high refresh rates by introducing a standard refresh cycle with millisecond resolution directly to the Asmen communication module. It automatically makes fast refreshing available for all communication drivers (currently, the fast refresh is supported by 76 drivers and is still added to the other drivers). Obviously, the actual refresh rate may be limited by the link bandwidth.

A new archive type announced, that allows you to record variables with high sampling density, will be available in the future release of the package.

SQL Alarm Table Object

In Asix applications, alarm events may be written to two types of archives: a local archive at specific workstations and an SQL central archive. Till now, the SQL-type archive could only be used in the report system and AsAlarm program as a basis for alarm statistical analysis. Till the version 9.0.5 an additional visualization object, SQL Alarm Table, appeared in the new package. The object enables you to view alarm data from the SQL base directly on the application diagram. The table has two modes for alarm handling. The event mode displays separate lines for alarm start and end events. The mode is similar to the operation of a standard object of historical alarms and alarm tables in the "classic" Asix, but it contains full information about the alarm in the alarm start line. The compressed mode displays a single line with full information about the event for each alarm event. The use of an SQL archive as a data source for visualization provides for: 

Shortened alarm storage period in the local archive, which improves, on the whole, the system performance for a large number of events.

Fast access to alarms at seldom used terminal stations. Alarms are available immediately, without the need to wait for the local archive synchronization.

Encrypted data transmission

An ever greater emphasis has been put recently on system security, especially for web applications. An essential contributor to the security is data transmission resistant to tapping and modification attempts. In the communication layer, Asix uses private, unpublished binary protocols plus data compression. All the components already make the information transferred to be extremely difficult to interpret in the previous Asix package versions. In the new package we also introduce the encryption of data packets transmitted. This will ensure an even higher level of security for Asix applications.

Other changes

Besides the functions described above, the new package also introduces a number of minor developments, fixes for identified failures and optimizations:

  • Improvements in the Asix Excel Addin, especially the calculation of historical and rolling aggregates of selected measurements.
  • Possibility to read historical data using OPC UA from third-party servers and to use the data directly in the AsTrend program for charts and reports.
  • Easier configuration of the report support system such as Reporting Services. In particular, you may set up an AsixConnect data base in a Microsoft SQL remote server, in a computer without the Asix package installed.
  • Redundant communications for channels with Modbus Tcpip - possibility to declare a separate address for a back-up link (alternative communications processor or back-up driver).
  • JFIF image support.
  • Communication driver for data exchange between Asix and E94AYCEN communication module from Lenze Drive Systems GmbH.
  • OpcLogger communication driver for recording measurement series read from OPC servers of current data.
  • Simplified parameterization of the MultiMuz_tcpip driver for data exchange between Asix and microprocessor-based MultiMUZ security devices manufactured by JM-Tronik in Warsaw.
  • Up to now, one and the same Modbus_Tcpip driver had master and slave mode. In the Asix package 9.0.5, slave mode has been separated as a separate entity. It has a separate editor, and in the list of drivers is named Modbus_TCPIP_'Slave '.
  • New version of demo application "Factory" included in the package.