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zenon Release 2018: zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20
With its annual release cycles, zenon offers new functionality on an ongoing basis, which makes work more ergonomic for both the engineer and the user of the project. Here we would like to present you the highlights in zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20.
Fast Facts: zenon 8.00
- New analysis options thanks to shift filters
- Comprehensive optimizations of the Extended Trend module
- More flexible licensing system
- Performance improvements
- New modules for grid calculations
Fast Facts: zenon Analyzer 3.20
- Reports for Statistical Process Control to assure high quality
- Predictive Analytics for value-based or time-based predictions
- New tool: Prediction Model Manager
- Calculated Fields for more flexible custom report creation
Production analysis based on shift data
Process data in the Alarm Message List, the Chronological Event List, or even in Trends and Reports can be filtered based on shifts. This enables informative production analyses including shift data to be carried out.
Expansions in Batch Control
Master recipes in zenon Batch Control can now be released automatically. A recipe can be created in an external program, then automatically imported and released for production. This allows a fully automated workflow to be established. Touch operation for batch recipes has also been significantly enhanced.
Optimizations in Extended Trend
Thanks to the numerous new features and optimizations in Extended Trend, project creators and users benefit from enhanced usability. Engineering in particular has become much more efficient, as index substitution has been enabled for curve variables, for example. Graphical representations of archived data can be engineered faster and more intuitively – the engineer is provided with the best-possible assistance when creating effective diagrams.
It is now even easier to present users with precisely the information that is of interest to them. Variables can be dragged & dropped in the diagram window, providing users with a better overview more quickly. A configurable pop-up screen displaying the trend delivers quick information about a specific variable.
Usability when creating screens and symbols
Screens and symbols can now be created faster and more intuitively. In particular, the first steps for new zenon users are simplified.
Energy: distribution management
With respect to energy automation, further functionalities relating to a Distribution Management System are being developed in zenon. The two modules – Load Flow Calculation and State Estimator – enable grid calculations in the context of energy distribution. These can then be used to derive further calculations, such as topologic interlocking from the grid calculation or the (n-1) calculation.
Alternative Data Points
If invalid data is sent by the PLC, the operator experiences a loss of functionality, which can mean they are unable to carry out their work. The Alternative Data Points counteract invalid data in your archives and ensure increased robustness. Values from PLCs can be recorded redundantly or via various communication channels. Alternate values generated by means of simulation in the event of data loss increase the validity of the recorded data.
New licensing system
The new zenon 8 product generation sees the implementation of a new, future-oriented licensing system. The new license manager ensures a better overview and more flexibility.
Statistical Process Control with zenon Analyzer
zenon Analyzer 3.20 offers reports for statistical evaluations of production quality at the touch of a button. Statistical Process Control (SPC) is often used to measure and assure quality in production settings. Alongside standard SPC reports (Process Capability, Control Chart, and Histogram), the zenon Analyzer also provides other statistical reports: Boxplot, Trend with Limits, or XY Chart can also be generated. These analysis options can be used to monitor the stability of production quality. Deviations can be identified at an early stage and production losses due to poor quality can be avoided.
The zenon Analyzer 3.20 uses the new Predictive Analytics reports to produce smart analyses. The use of Predictive Analytics enables decisions to be made based on past values and with the assistance of prediction models. zenon Analyzer supports two types of prediction. Time-based prediction forecasts how a value will develop over time. Value-based prediction shows how a value behaves if another value changes (e.g., to estimate energy consumption in the event of a change in production quantity).
To configure prediction models, the Prediction Model Manager has been introduced as a new tool in the zenon Analyzer Management Studio (ZAMS). The Prediction Model Manager includes wizards for the step-by-step creation of prediction models.
The “Calculated Fields” function enables the data collected to be modified so that it is suitable for custom calculations. The Calculated Fields are configured and maintained in the zenon Analyzer Management Studio. Example applications for Calculated Fields include converting one measuring unit into another and merging or adding data, along with many more. The Calculated Fields increase flexibility in reporting, because reports can be customized to meet a user's own specific requirements. For those in charge of creating projects, the Calculated Fields speed up engineering, as they no longer need to be post-edited manually in the Report Builder every time a report is issued.