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PAC Project R10 provides support for the new groov EPIC system, 8 new commands, Public Access tags for MQTT data communications, and more. Includes PAC Project R10 Release Notes.***

The PAC Project Software Suite from Opto 22 provides all the software you need for industrial automation, process control, building automation, remote monitoring, data acquisition, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications in any field. PAC Project software is integrated with all groov EPIC processors, groov I/O modules, SNAP PAC controllers and brains, and SNAP I/O modules—making it easy to understand, select, buy, and apply an automation system for your needs.

Easy to use and suitable for projects from simple equipment management to full industrial control, PAC Project Basic includes the following:

  • PAC Control Basic, a full-featured, flowchart-based tool for developing control programs to run on groov EPIC processors SNAP PAC controllers
  • PAC Display Basic, for creating human-machine interfaces (HMIs) for operators and technicians to monitor and interact with the SNAP PAC System
  • PAC Manager, a utility program for configuring and maintaining SNAP PAC controllers, brains, and I/O
Developer and IIoT ready: Because Opto 22 SNAP PAC R-series and 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 data in your PAC Control program using the language of your choice. Data is returned in JSON format. For complete information, see developer.opto22.com.

NOTE: If you need complex network architectures, redundant controllers, support for legacy Opto 22 FactoryFloor systems, OPC communication, and database connectivity, see the PAC Project Professional Software Suite.

See a comparison chart for PAC Project Basic and PAC Project Professional.

Watch SNAP PAC System videos.

Watch Quick Tips videos.

If you are using older (non-SNAP PAC) controllers or brains 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
  • Tools (PAC Utilities)
  • EtherNet/IP Configurator

PAC Project Basic R10.0000 includes the following components:

  • PAC Control Basic R10.0a
  • PAC Display Basic R10.0a
  • PAC Manager R10.0a
  • PAC Project Tools R10.0a
Installation requirements:
  • A computer with at least the minimum processor and memory required for your version of Microsoft® Windows®, and Ethernet capability. Additional memory may be required for some configurations.
  • Any of the following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit or 64-bit)
Note: Other versions of Windows operating systems and embedded Windows operating systems are not supported.
  • VGA or higher resolution monitor (Super VGA recommended). Minimum size: 800x600 with small fonts.
  • Mouse or other pointing device.
  • (Optional) Installed Windows printer.
  • Available hard disk space required: 396.2 MB.

Using Modbus Devices with Opto 22 Products Technical Note

This technical note introduces the Modbus protocol and gives you basic information for using it to communicate between Opto 22 products and other devices. Because Modbus and Modbus/TCP are handled differently by various manufacturers, the tech note describes specific areas that may be a concern and includes troubleshooting suggestions.

PAC Project Data Sheet

The PAC Project software suite is one of the four components of the SNAP PAC System. PAC Project comes in two forms: Basic and Professional.

PAC Project Basic is included free in your purchase of a SNAP PAC controller. It includes everything you need for most automation or monitoring applications: control programming, HMI development, and I/O configuration software.

PAC Project Professional is available for purchase as a suite or as individual software components. It includes everything in Basic and adds OPC communication, database connectivity, additional features, and support for legacy Opto 22 hardware.

SNAP PAC System Specification Guide

This guide is a comprehensive introduction to the SNAP PAC System. The guide describes the system's four components (software, controllers, brains, and I/O); shows how to build a basic system and how to expand it; and includes installation instructions, wiring diagrams, dimensional drawings, and specifications for parts.

PAC Project Basic and Professional Comparison Chart

This chart compares the features included in PAC Project Basic and Professional. These software suites are part of the SNAP PAC System.

SNAP PAC System Product Guide

This document lists and describes all Opto 22 SNAP PAC System part numbers, including PAC Project software, SNAP PAC controllers, SNAP PAC brains, and SNAP I/O modules of all kinds. SNAP PAC mounting racks and SNAP power supplies are also listed.

PAC Project Readme Notes

Latest Readme for PAC Project Basic and Professional. Includes information on new features, enhancements, and bug fixes for each PAC Project application: PAC Control, PAC Display, OptoOPCServer, PAC Manager, and Tools.

PAC Project R10.0 Release Notes

Release Notes for PAC Project Software Suite, version 10.0.

PAC Project Basic provides control programming, HMI development and runtime, and configuration and utility programs.

PAC Project Professional adds a robust OPC server, database connectivity, multiple PAC Display seats, controller redundancy, legacy hardware support, and a software-based controller for PC-based control.

These release notes include new features and enhancements for PAC Control, PAC Display, and PAC Manager, as well as important notes on installation and use. For information about bug fixes in this release, see the PAC Project Readme Notes.

Legacy Edition, PAC Manager User's Guide

This document is the Legacy Edition of the PAC Manager User's Guide. It includes information about both SNAP PAC hardware and older hardware.

Use this guide if you are using any legacy hardware (SNAP Ultimate, SNAP Ethernet, and SNAP Simple I/O, E1 and E2 brain boards) with PAC Manager.

If you are using SNAP PAC controllers and SNAP PAC brains only, use Form 1704, PAC Manager User's Guide instead of this guide.

Legacy Edition, PAC Control Commands Quick Reference

This document is the Legacy Edition of the PAC Control Commands Quick Reference. It lists all PAC Control commands used with both SNAP PAC hardware and legacy hardware.

Use this reference card if your PAC Control strategy includes SNAP Ultimate, SNAP Ethernet, SNAP Simple, or mistic I/O units.

If your strategy works with SNAP PAC controllers and brains only, use Form 1703, PAC Control Commands Quick Reference instead of this guide.

Legacy Edition, PAC Display User's Guide

This document is the Legacy Edition of the PAC Display User's Guide. This guide includes all the information you need if you are using both SNAP PAC hardware and older Opto 22 hardware with PAC Display.

Use this guide if you have SNAP Ultimate, SNAP Ethernet, SNAP Simple, SNAP-LCE, or mistic I/O units, or ioProject or FactoryFloor controllers that you're using with PAC Display.

If you have SNAP PAC hardware only, use the PAC Display User's Guide (form 1702) instead of this guide.

Legacy Edition, PAC Control Command Reference

This document is the Legacy Edition of the PAC Control Command Reference. This guide includes all the commands that apply to both SNAP PAC and legacy hardware.

Use this guide if your PAC Control strategy includes SNAP Ultimate, SNAP Ethernet, SNAP Simple, or mistic I/O units.

If your strategy works with SNAP PAC controllers and brains only, use form #1701 instead of this guide.

Legacy Edition, PAC Control User's Guide

This document is the Legacy Edition of the PAC Control User's Guide. It includes all the information you need to use PAC Control with both SNAP PAC hardware and legacy hardware.

Use this guide if your PAC Control strategy includes SNAP Ultimate, SNAP Ethernet, SNAP Simple, or mistic I/O units.

If your strategy works with SNAP PAC controllers and brains only, use Form 1700 instead of this guide.

PAC Manager User's Guide

This guide shows you how to use PAC Manager, part of the the PAC Project Software Suite, to assign IP addresses, configure I/O, and inspect and maintain Opto 22 SNAP PAC hardware.

PAC Control Commands Quick Reference

This document provides a quick reference to all commands used in PAC Control, part of the PAC Project Software Suite. PAC Control is control programming software for the Opto 22 SNAP PAC System.

PAC Display User's Guide

This guide shows you how to use PAC Display, part of the PAC Project Software Suite, to create human-machine interfaces (HMIs) for your SNAP PAC System.

PAC Control Command Reference

This document provides detailed information on commands used in PAC Control, part of the PAC Project Software Suite. PAC Control is control programming software for the Opto 22 SNAP PAC System.

PAC Control User's Guide

This document shows you how to use PAC Control, part of the PAC Project Software Suite, to develop control programs to run on SNAP PAC controllers. These programs, called strategies, contain the process logic that controls, monitors, and gathers data from your equipment and devices.

PAC Control strategies form the foundation for other PAC Project software, providing the single tagname database used for HMI creation in PAC Display, for OPC data elements in OptoOPCServer, and for data to be shared with databases in OptoDataLink.

Case Study: AAQUA NV

In 2005, AAQUA NV was looking for a way to cut costs while still providing robust automated systems.

They learned about Opto 22 products and did some research. They liked what they saw.

Thirteen years and approximately 70 installations later, AAQUA NV is still exploring the possibilities of Opto 22 products and adding new features to their system.

Using the SNAP PAC REST API with Excel

This document (included in OptoTutorial 2229) provides the instructions to create a Microsoft Excel® worksheet with Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) macros that:

  • Read and write to input and output points via the SNAP PAC REST API
  • Parse JSON text strings
  • Check for input and return errors
  • Collect data on an automated interval and display it in an Excel chart
For more tips, help, and code samples, visit the Opto 22 Developer’s portal at http://developer.opto22.com.

Case Study: Amalgamated Research, LLC

As the research and development department of Amalgamated Sugar in the 1970s, ARi began with a mission to develop efficient processes to extract sugar from sugar beets.

But over time, their continuous research in the industrial separation field has led them far beyond sugar.

Opto 22 announces strategic partnership with IBM and acceptance into the IBM Watson IoT partner ecosystem

Opto 22 announces strategic partnership with IBM and acceptance into the IBM Watson IoT partner ecosystem, providing developers a full stack end-to-end toolset for rapidly developing and deploying industrial IoT applications.

Automation manufacturer Opto 22 and information technology company IBM join forces to bridge the gap between existing industrial assets and infrastructure, and the digital world of mobile, cloud, and information technology. Read the press release. 

Watch the video and see how to get started:

 

Opto 22 Best Practices Technical Note

Opto 22’s SNAP PAC System and groov are flexible tools that offer many choices for developing your monitoring, control, and data acquisition projects.

This flexibility provides the power to do everything you need, but the choices you make can sometimes cause problems.

This technical note suggests some best practices you can use when developing your control programs and operator interfaces (HMIs), to help make building and maintaining your projects easier. Included are tips on building, documenting, and backing up your projects.

Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products Technical Note

This technical note describes the tools and protocols you can use with Opto 22 products for communication with a wide variety of software and systems.

Optimizing PAC Project System Performance Technical Note

This technical note includes optimization tips to help you design your PAC Project™ system and program your PAC Control™ strategy to ensure optimum system performance. These tips are also helpful if you have already designed your system, and can be used during or after system startup.

Using Floats Technical Note

This technical note describes the format for floating point numbers used in Opto 22 products (IEEE 754 32-bit floats). It also discusses some issues that may occur as you use floats in software such as PAC Control or custom software built with the OptoMMP Protocol.

Software for Programmable Automation Controllers (Chinese)

This document is written in Chinese.

This white paper explores some important features of programming software for a programmable automation controller (PAC).

For additional white papers on PACs,  see About PACs.

Software for Programmable Automation Controllers

This white paper explores some important features of programming software for a programmable automation controller (PAC).

For additional white papers on PACs, see About PACs.

PAC Project Demo Quick Start

The PAC Project Demo Quick Start pdf explains how to run the PAC Project Demo. The demo download includes the pdf as well as PAC Control, PAC Display, and SNAP PAC Sim, a software simulation of a SNAP PAC controller. The download also includes a pre-made control strategy, which will run on the PAC Sim, and several HMI projects you can explore.

Using the PAC Project Demo, you can demonstrate and experiment with Opto 22's control and HMI development software even before purchasing SNAP PAC hardware.

6 Razones Para Considerar el Sistema SNAP PAC

Este documento corto sugiere seis razones porqué debe de considerar el Sistema SNAP PAC para su siguiente proyecto de automatización.

6 Reasons to Consider the SNAP PAC System for Your Next Project

This short document suggests six reasons why you should consider the SNAP PAC System for your next automation project.

SNAP PAC System Migration Technical Note

This document describes migration options for customers integrating the SNAP PAC System with older Opto 22 systems. It explains the SNAP PAC System's similarities and differences with earlier systems, defines legacy products, and shows how to mix old and new hardware.

Customers moving to the SNAP PAC System may also want to consult form #1693, Legacy and Current Product Comparison and Compatibility Charts.

Novedades y Descripci¢n General (Spanish)

Un documento conciso que describe la compañia Opto 22 y los controladores, software, brains, y entradas y salidas (E/S) que forman el sistema fácil de usar de SNAP PAC. (Brief company profile plus overview of Opto 22's SNAP PAC System. Document is in Spanish.)

Message Queue Logger

This strategy and project demonstrate how to log messages from a controller's error (or "message") queue to the computer's hard drive. Having this information can make any troubleshooting needed easier.

The message log created provides a history of how your system runs under normal conditions. When problems occur, you will have a history of normal messages as well as error messages to help troubleshoot the cause.

The strategy and project were originally created in ioProject 7.0 Basic, and can be used with ioProject 7.0 and 7.1 as well as PAC Project 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2. It can also be used with Basic or Pro versions.

These are sample files. Before you download, read the Legal Agreement.

OptoTagPreserve

OptoTagPreserve copies variables from your PAC Control strategy running on a SNAP PAC controller and saves them in a password-protected binary file or a plain-text XML, OptoScript, or init.txt file.

The primary reason you would use this utility is to make it easier to preserve variable states when you need to update firmware on the controller. Updating firmware erases battery-backed data including persistent variables and variables initialized on strategy download. Use OptoTagPreserve before loading new firmware to archive tag values to the computer, and then restore them after firmware is loaded and the strategy has been downloaded.

IMPORTANT:

  • Make sure the strategy is stopped before restoring tag values. If the strategy is running, unexpectedly changing values can cause unpredictable results with strategy operation.
  • Writing to a plain-text file requires that the strategy contain a special variable allowing plain text.

See the technical note included in the download for complete information on using the utility.

 

OptoTutorial: Using the SNAP PAC REST API with Excel

A great advantage to getting data from a PAC controller into a Microsoft® Excel® worksheet is that you can use Excel’s features to analyze the data.

This tutorial walks you from the beginning—setting up the Web server in a SNAP PAC controller—all the way through creating an Excel worksheet with Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) macros that:

  • Read and write to input and output points
  • Parse JSON text strings
  • Check for input and return errors
  • Collect data on an automated interval and display it in an Excel chart
For more tips, help, and code samples, visit the Opto 22 Developer’s portal at http://developer.opto22.com.

PAC Project Basic

The PAC Project Software Suite from Opto 22 provides all the software you need for industrial automation, process control, building automation, remote monitoring, data acquisition, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications in any field. PAC Project software is integrated with groov EPIC processors and I/O, and SNAP PAC controllers, brains, and I/O.

PAC Project Basic includes the following:

  • PAC Control Basica full-featured, flowchart-based tool for developing control programs to run on groov EPIC processors SNAP PAC controllers
  • PAC Display Basicfor creating human-machine interfaces (HMIs) for operators and technicians to monitor and interact with the SNAP PAC System
  • PAC Managera utility program for configuring and maintaining SNAP PAC controllers, brains, and I/O

This product is a free download that includes software and documentation in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

PAC Project Demo

PAC Project Demo contains everything you need to demonstrate or experiment with Opto 22's PAC Project Software Suite:

The PAC Display project includes some highly graphical HMI examples, including a bottling plant and a yacht.

PAC Project Software - MSI for Command Line Installation

Use this .msi (Microsoft® Installer) installation file to install PAC Project software from the command line in Microsoft Windows®.

A command line installation of PAC Project in silent mode requires no user input once installation has begun. This is useful if you are an OEM machine builder who makes many copies of the same machine, or if you are an integrator or someone at a large company who wants to use an installation script. An .msi installation file is designed for a network-wide installation, and it works with Microsoft network features such as Active Directory.

Sample PAC Control Basic Chart to do Base64 encode/decode

A PAC Control Basic chart to do Base64 encoding and decoding.

Base64 encoding is often used on binary data to be stored and/or transferred (such as in email via MIME) or for encoding passwords.

Import this chart into your PAC Control Basic or Pro strategy. (The chart was developed in PAC Control Basic 8.2 so it can be imported into any PAC Control versions 8.2 or newer.)

Before you download, read the Legal Agreement.

Here's a link to the OptoForums discussion on the topic: Base64

Sample PAC Control Basic Chart to do HTTP Get or Post

A PAC Control Basic chart to show how to do an HTTP Get or Post. For example, to GET the Internet IP address of the device running this chart. These commands are available in firmware R9.1b or newer, PAC Control versions R9.1 and newer. Import this chart into your PAC Control Basic or Pro strategy.

Before you download, read the Legal Agreement.

Sample PAC Control Basic chart to send email

A PAC Control Basic chart to show how to send email from a controller using the SendEmail and SendEmailWithAttachment commands. These commands are available in firmware R9.1b or newer. Import this chart into your PAC Control Basic or Pro strategy. Before you download, read the Legal Agreement.

Video: SNAP PAC System Overview

This overview describes the four integrated components of the SNAP PAC system: software, controllers, brains and I/O. This hardware and software system is designed for industrial control, remote monitoring and data acquisition.

Video: PAC Project Software Suite

A quick overview of the PAC Project Software Suite.

Video: PAC Project Demo/Introduction

This PAC Project introduction includes how to:
•    Set up the demo on your PC
•    Run SNAP PAC sim, a PC-based program  that simulates a SNAP PAC controller
•    Explore a PAC Control strategy and graphical PAC Display HMIs

Video: Webinar: SNAP PAC System Basic Troubleshooting

A webinar on basic troubleshooting for the SNAP PAC system.

Demo: PAC Project Pro vs Basic

See the differences between PAC Project Basic and PAC Project Professional. Is the free Basic version all you need?