Hot Tips from PSG: FTP and Data Logging
Opto 22's Product Support Group (PSG) develops some helpful tips as they work with customers who contact them for free product support.
Here's a new sample strategy for PAC Control that shows how to log data at a fixed interval, store the data in the controller temporarily, and then transmit the data as a file to an FTP server.
PSG Lead Engineer Bill Steffens describes this as "more of a real-world example" rather than a quick sample. And due to the nature of the application, the logic is also a good example of how to write code that is robust and handles errors effectively.
Accompanying notes explain the sample and how to adapt it for your system.
The sample strategy is compatible with PAC Control Basic and PAC Control Professional versions R8.0f or higher. In PAC Project R8.2003 and higher, the sample is included when you install PAC Project.
To learn more about using FTP with PAC Project and Opto 22 hardware, see:
Download the sample strategy.
Questions? Contact Opto 22 Product Support.
Try It for Yourself with a SNAP PAC Learning Center
In our new OptoMinute video, Engineer Alexi Beck Gray shows you everything that's included in the SNAP PAC Learning Center.
If you haven't tried the SNAP PAC System yet, check out the Learning Center. It includes:
- a rack-mounted SNAP PAC controller
- analog and digital SNAP I/O
- fully functional PAC Project software
- and a load panel with digital and analog sensors and actuators
The step-by-step tutorial takes you through installation, configuring I/O points, creating a control strategy, and building a human-machine interface (HMI) for your system.
The Learning Center is all you need to set up a pilot project and see how easy automation can be.
Watch the video.
Find out more about the Learning Center.
November Training Class in Massachusetts
Here's an opportunity for SNAP PAC System training near Bradford, Massachusetts, given by OptoPartner Martindale Associates.
Martindale is an Opto 22 Certified Trainer. If you can't come to free training at Opto 22 headquarters in California, a Certified Trainer near you can provide the training you need.
November 10-13, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch included.
Cost: $600 per person ($1000 if hardware is not purchased through Martindale Associates)
Limited to six (6) people
Description: Complete hands-on introduction to PAC Project automation software, SNAP PAC controllers, and SNAP I/O.
To register, contact Martindale Associates:
Phone: 978-372-2120 or toll-free (in the U.S.): 1-800-447-1191
Location: 65 Avco Road, Unit M, Ward Hill Industrial Park, Bradford, MA 01835