Plant management professionals are set to receive a productivity boost because Austrian software company COPA-DATA has released a bespoke catalogue creator on its website. The new tool allows users to generate and customise catalogues from a pre-existing list of pages about the company’s industrial automation software package, zenon.
The creator is targeted at professionals in the energy, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and automotive industries, though its use is by no means restricted to only those sectors. The range of professionals using the tool extends from plant managers and engineering and manufacturing directors to facilities management staff in the built environment.
Once a user has registered to the website, the creator allows them to select existing pages of information about zenon and compile them into a professional catalogue.
This process ensures that the catalogue created will always be relevant to the needs of the creator. It also removes the need for COPA-DATA to send physical catalogues to users that really want digital information and allows customers to download and print their own physical catalogue, reducing waste and waiting times.
The available pages are split into four sections, fact sheets, success stories, whitepapers and partner spotlights. All can be previewed in full before selection so the user knows exactly what they are getting in advance. Once they have decided on the relevant pages and these have been added to the list they can then be reorganised and the whole document previewed before it is finalised.
As well as personalising the items included in the catalogue, the software allows further customisation by letting users add their names and the title of the project they are working on to the front page.
“Industry has been moving increasingly towards viewing real-time, dynamic data," said Martyn Williams, Managing Director of COPA-DATA UK. "Creating printouts of that data makes it static, the printout is out-of-date seconds after it is printed as the data moves ever onward. It's zenon's paradox of Achilles and the tortoise.”
"The only way to combat this problem is to ensure that your data presentation methods move onward with the data. The information in our catalogue creator is always up to date and relevant. Rather than fall behind like Achilles, we are always in the lead."
COPA-DATA is the technological leader for ergonomic and highly dynamic process solutions. The company, founded in 1987, develops the software zenon for HMI/SCADA, Dynamic Production Reporting and integrated PLC systems at its headquarters in Austria.
zenon is sold through its own offices in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as by partners and distributors throughout the world. Customers benefit from local contact persons and local support, thanks to a decentralized corporate structure.
As an independent company, COPA-DATA can act quickly and flexibly, as it continues to set new standards in functionality and ease of use. Over 80,000 installed systems in more than 50 countries provide companies in the Food & Beverage, Energy & Infrastructure, Automotive, Transport and Pharmaceutical sectors with new scope for efficient automation.
On the zenon Product Family
zenon is COPA-DATA`s highly versatile product family for industry-specific ergonomic process solutions: from sensors through to ERP. It consists of zenon Analyzer, zenon Supervisor, zenon Operator and zenon Logic.
zenon Analyzer provides templates to create tailor-made reports (e.g. on consumption, downtime, KPIs) based on data from IT and automation. zenon Supervisor, an independent SCADA system, allows comprehensive process monitoring and control of redundant systems, even in complex networks and with secure remote access.
zenon Operator guarantees, as an HMI system, safe control of machines and simple, intuitive operation – including Multi-Touch. zenon Logic, which is an integrated IEC 61131-3-based PLC system, allows optimum process control and logical data processing.
Being a platform independent portfolio for process solutions, the zenon product family offers a trouble-free integration into existing automation and IT environments. Wizards and templates not only offer easy engineering, but also enable a smooth transition from other systems. The principle of "setting parameters instead of programming" is a characteristic feature of the zenon product family.