PAC Control, part of the PAC Project Software Suite, is an intuitive, flowchart-based tool for programming industrial automation, process control, building automation, remote monitoring, data acquisition, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.
Using PAC Control, you create and debug control programs and then download and run them on a groov EPIC
edge programmable industrial controller or on a SNAP PAC
programmable automation controller.
PAC Control uses a comprehensive, plain-English command set, which includes commands for analog process and digital sequential control, complex math, conditional branching, string handling, serial device control, PID loop control, data arrays, and other complex functions. PAC Control is based on flowcharts, which offer a more intuitive alternative to ladder logic programming, and it also offers an optional advanced scripting language similar to C or Pascal. PAC Control also includes subroutines and a graphical debugger.
The database of I/O points, variables, and other data elements you create in PAC Control becomes the single tagname database also used by other components of the PAC Project Software Suite. Because this database is automatically available in PAC Display HMI programming software, you save significant development time.
Developer and IIoT ready:
Because Opto 22 groov
EPIC, SNAP PAC R-series, and SNAP PAC S-series controllers include an HTTP/HTTPS server and a RESTful API (application program interface based on the REST architecture), you can securely access I/O point and variable tags in your PAC Control program using the language of your choice. Data is returned in JSON format. For complete information, see developer.opto22.com
If you need additional features, including network segmenting, redundant controllers, and a migration path for legacy Opto 22 hardware and software, see PAC Control Professsional
. You can purchase PAC Control Professional as an individual application or as part of the PAC Project Professional
Software Suite, which also includes software for HMI development, OPC communication, and database connectivity.
See a comparison chart
for PAC Project Basic and PAC Project Professional.
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If you are using older controllers (not groov
EPIC and not SNAP PAC) with PAC Project, see the SNAP PAC System Migration Technical Note
(form 1688) for important information.
The following applications are installed by default. If you don't want them all, when prompted during the installation process, uncheck the ones you don't want.
- PAC Control Basic
- PAC Display Basic
- PAC Manager for managing SNAP PAC controllers and I/O units (To manage groov EPIC and groov RIO, use their built-in tool, groov Manage.)
- Tools (PAC Utilities)
- EtherNet/IP Configurator
If you are an OEM machine builder who makes many copies of the same machine, or an integrator or someone at a large company who wants to use an installation script, you can download
a .msi installation file to make it easier to install PAC Control Basic.