Expanded diagnostics and alarm software for industrial PCs - Embedded.com

Expanded diagnostics and alarm software for industrial PCs

Munich, Germany – The new Version 4.0 of the DiagMonitor software now also monitors Simatic PC Compact Flash memory media. The new “Web business card” notifies users via the Internet browser about important information and the status of the Simatic PCs. The new “Silent Installation” function enables the software to be installed easily via the command line. In addition, the user interface has been redesigned in the Windows Explorer style to be even clearer and more user-friendly.

The Simatic PC DiagMonitor software diagnoses Simatic PCs in networked systems, thereby monitoring the operating states of the industrial PCs both locally and remotely and recognizing any weaknesses before they cause failures. For example, it monitors the internal device temperatures of the processor, main board and chipset, as well as fan and hard disk speeds ” even in RAID1 configuration. System states are visualized locally on a monitor and/or the diagnostic LEDs of the Simatic PC and also made available over the LAN or the integrated Web server.

Version 4.0 also monitors Simatic PC Compact Flash memory media

The diagnostic data are transmitted via OPC server or SNMP to any user software or Simatic software, such as Simatic visualization software WinCC or WinCC flexible. A new feature added to Version 4.0 is also the permanent monitoring of the diagnostics-capable Simatic PC CompactFlash cards. A new “Web business card” notifies users via the Internet browser about important information and the status of the Simatic PCs. The displayed device data include such items as the product designation, main board number, current status of the BIOS procedure and system status with “Error: yes / no”. The “Silent Installation” function is also new: This user-friendly function allows the user to install the software via the command line, which can even be done remotely using standard remote tools, without having to be on site.

Signalling and alarm functions integrated into Simatic PC DiagMonitor enable service personnel to be notified automatically by means of LAN, SMS or e-mail. This avoids failures and downtimes and increases productivity. The user can specify, say, maintenance intervals and coordinate repair work, so that the replacement of components can take place during non-production periods. Automatic actions can be configured for fault scenarios, such as the opening of the storage manager in the case of RAID faults for the fast restoration of mirror disk operation or a restart for the controlled shutdown and restart of the computer.

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