What is PACTware ?
PACTware is the manufacturer and fieldbus-independent operating software for all field devices and protocols.
PACTware brings together companies with a wide variety of skill sets. Designed as a manufacturer and fieldbus-independent solution, PACTware forms the framework for uniform device configuration and operation in the field of automation. PACTware handles the entire range of field devices via any communication channel.
The PACTware tool can be used to configure, operate, and diagnose all devices in a plant. PACTware uses a uniform operating and interface concept, which makes it the most widely available free FDT frame application for the user. PACTware is flexible even under the most varied operating conditions. Whether operated from a system engineering station or directly on-site: PACTware performs reliably from anywhere.
The design of PACTware's user interfaces are based on clarity and intuitive operation. The view of the plant can be quickly and easily adapted to individual measuring tasks. Whether using presets or creating a special solution based on special parameters, PACTware supports the user at every step of the device configuration process.
PACTware supports all common communication protocols - regardless of the device type or task. PACTware integrates into all areas of the heterogeneous system landscape through manufacturer-independent interfaces and exchange formats that remain constant over time and a modular structure.
This is made possible by the globally established FDT (Field Device Technology) standard. FDT ensures uniform data exchange between devices and PACTware. DTMs ensure uniform operation of the devices.
Standardized software blocks, or "Common Components", guarantee the best possible basic technology that is always up to date.
With its modular design, PACTware is open to future fieldbus standards and all current fieldbus standards. Additional functions that are available to all DTMs can be added flexibly via interfaces. These "add-ins" allow for follow-up checks such as "audit trails" or "trending" across multiple devices.
The PACTware member companies make the DTMs that are suitable for their devices available for download via PACTware. This means that you only have one contact person for the device, the appropriate driver (DTM), and PACTware. Service and support are also provided from a single source.
Each PACTware installation can operate all HART devices. The setup includes a communication driver for common HART modems and a generic HART device DTM.
PACTware makes it possible to easily reproduce plant structure on a PC in a project as a whole or in parts. Application-specific views can be generated, and the individual devices can be easily configured. An online connection is not necessary.
Field device and interface module settings can be adjusted via point-to-point communication and via bus systems. The intuitive user interface makes it possible to read all device information quickly and safely save altered settings to the device.
When commissioning, the signal flow of an application can be checked by simulating a specific process value. This makes it possible to track and analyze signals across different measurement points, and to detect and correct errors at an early stage.
The "Diagnostic Scan" function saves and updates the status of all devices grouped together in the PACTware project. Measurement values can be recorded indefinitely, and viewed and evaluated over a long period of time.
Project structures and set values can be conveniently saved and printed using PACTware. Important information such as device description, manufacturer identification, serial number, and firmware version are also available for documentation in the DTM.