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CSWorks provides manufacturing companies with a powerful tool to minimize downtime,
reduce costs of operation, minimize applications development and bridge the gap
between corporate IT and the production floor. System integrators combine CSWorks
with existing solutions to provide superior monitoring, control, reporting, alarming
and trending features. CSWorks aggregates real-time and historical plant data gathered
from many disparate sources and makes it available to anyone authorized - everyone
from the plant floor to the top floor - to make immediate business decisions.
Open architecture HMI/SCADA framework enables users to mix-and-match products from
different vendors to develop solutions that suit customer needs better than those
restricted to a single vendor's product offering. Open standards such as OPC (OLE
for Process Control), SQL, WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), SOAP, HTTP protect
your automation investment from manufacturers' proprietary technology obsolescence
that can come with changes in the company structure, ownership or finances. Read
more about CSWorks architecture in the
Architecture Basics section.
Big variety of supported data sources
Connect directly to dozens of popular existing PLCs, RTUs, DCSs and other automation
equipment for fast communications using open-standard OPC servers. Any data available
with proper security through your IT network may be displayed or modified within
the CSWorks software suite via OPC or SQL open database connectivity. System administrators
can configure redundant CSWorks servers for non-stop mission critical HMI, SCADA
and control applications.
Web-enabled distributed SCADA operations
CSWorks-powered solutions enable monitoring and control of multiple facilities at
different locations with one software system. Not only can you monitor and access
individual facilities, but you can also control entire plant operations across intranets
via wireless devices. Make operators and managers more efficient with flexible access
to data wherever they may be without compromising security. Read more about CSWorks
distributed architecture in the
Distributed Architecture section.
Powerful development environment
CSWorks integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio design environment. Take advantage
of the development tool with a proven track record to create user applications with
eye-catching contemporary graphics, complex animations and extremely rich functionality.
No need to learn yet another scripting language or proprietary object model, just
use C# or VB.NET to create CSWorks applications running on Microsoft Silverlight platform. See
educational video about creating your first CSWorks application on YouTube.
Cross-platform and cross-browser thin client
CSWorks-powered client applications run on Windows and Mac platforms using Microsoft Silverlight as runtime engine.
CSWorks client can also run on any platform that supports HTM5 browsing. Increase
ROI, reduce client software maintenance cost by using zero-administration web client.
With CSWorks web client, users no longer need to install proprietary HMI software,
licenses and individual HMI screens on each operator station. Files and licensing
are server-based for trouble-free maintenance and deployment.
Highly customizable Alarming subsystem
CSWorks alarming can be configured to scale out and to provide redundancy. Alarm
history can be saved in the database of your choice, giving you a notable degree
of flexibility to incorporate analysis tools of your choice. Operators work with
Alarm Summary panels that can be configured individually according to user preference.
When acknowledging an alarm, operators can enter a comment explaining the alarm
for inclusion as part of the permanent record.
Scalable data archiving to secure standard databases
CSWorks saves historical data to industry standard databases, including Microsoft SQL Server, mySQL,
Oracle and PostgreSQL.
Using such standard corporate databases provides long-term maintenance, reporting
and retrieval throughout the retention period.
Live and historical data trends
Production data collected from any data source on the plant floor can be quickly
and easily visualized in CSWorks Trend panel. Information from different data sources
can be merged and viewed on a single chart. Operators can easily export chart data
to a spreadsheet file (watch the educational video).
System integrators and hosted solution providers needing to deploy their products
around the world can define multiple languages and engineering unit conversions
for their applications. Advanced user components included in the CSWorks setup package
like Alarm Summary and Trend Control support various popular languages (see screenshots of our Alarm Summary and Trend
Control). Language switching can be implemented in several ways and can be
performed during runtime, users just need to refresh their browsers.
CSWorks provides hassle-free server installation, small memory footprint on the
server and on the client side, and transparent server configuration that can be
easily replicated for use on different server sites. System administrators use performance
counters to track solution performance.
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