Versions 4.3 and 6.1 are the latest version being sold.
The Foxboro Company tries to support all version that customers have, but realistically people cannot support/remember features of all, especially old versions.
The differences between 4.3 and 6.1 are:
On-line upgrade features, allow you to upgrade to software starting at V.4.1 on the following fault-tolerant stations: CP10 (if no database conversion is required), CP30, CP40, AB30 and MG30. FoxDoc B0193VN contains a "Candidacy Questionnaire" and "Risk Assessment Questionnaire" to help determine whether your process can tolerate an on-line upgrade (OLUG).
Foxboro does not recommend on-line upgrades for version releases (e.g.: V.5.0 to 6.0), recommending it for maintenance releases (V.4.3.1 to V.4.3.3).
B. I/O Configuration
Foxboro I/A supports continuous, discrete, ladder logic and sequential control. The many types of blocks are described in the Foxboro Document BO193AW Integrated Control Software Concepts, section Block Function Types and PSS.
CP 40 scan rates available are 0.1 sec, 0.5 sec, 1.0 sec, 2.0 secs, 10 secs, 30 secs, 1min, 10 mins, 60 mins, 0.2 sec., 5 secs, 0.6 sec, 6 secs, and 0.05 sec.
When you buy Foxboro I/A you can purchase a license for the graphic package, but you get both graphics packagess (older Display Manager, known as DM) and the newer FoxDraw graphics configurator and FoxView, runtime graphics package. You may choose to use either or both.
Some of the differences between DM and FoxDraw graphics are: with DM there are separate configurators (Display Builder and Display Configurator) vs. having this all integrated in FoxDraw. FoxDraw/View has high resolution graphics, 3-D look and cut and paste features and the ability to link a bitmap file (*.i or *.bmp) to a base display, overlay or library object, none of which the DM graphics can do. FoxDraw is also very "Windows-like" with toolbar access and scroll bars.
FoxDraw operates on Solaris (V.2.4 or greater), windows NT (V.3.51 or greater) and Windows 95. It can be installed on an AW51/WP51, AW70 or non-I/A series PC.
At present there will continue to be support for the DM graphics as well as the new FoxDraw/FoxView packages.
You can convert *.fdf (FoxDraw) graphics to *.g (DM) files. You can also convert 50-series markers into FoxDraw library objects (*.m1). You can also convert AutoCAD *.dxf files into *.fdf files. Finally, you can convert *.pfd file to *.fdf files. DM files are ASCII (*.g) files, FoxDraw files are binary files (*.fdf) which can be converted to *.g files. See Cassandra archive for scripts to automate this. Finally, you can convert *.fdf to bitmaps.
C.6. The AW/WP shows Display Manager as the default display. I want to use FoxView instead. What do I do? (or, The AW/WP shows FoxView as the default display. I want to use Display Manager instead. What do I do?)
To use FoxView as the default display, run the script file:
To use Display Manager as the default display, run the script file:
Foxboro currently offers two historian packages which run on the I/A platform. The older or legacy historian uses an Informix database. The newer historian is referred to as the AIM* historian or AIM*AT. You can migrate the legacy historian configurations and data to an AIM* instance, but not vice versa.
With the legacy historian you have to stop it to make changes to the collection point and reduction group databases. There is a Data Display part of the legacy historian that you can go to to easily see historical data. You cannot look at the data from AIM*AT this way, but you also don't have to stop the AIM*AT historian from collecting to make changes to it. You can run the AIM*AT historian configurator on an AW51, AW70 or remote PC. With the legacy historian it must run on an AW. AIM*AT works better with DFW because you can get historical data easier than with the legacy historian which requires OPC calls in Excel. AIM*AT has other packages now that work with it to get history and trends.
Prior to AIM*AT 3.0 you had to run it on an NT PC. With 3.0+ it runs on an AW or AP. Both the legacy historian and the AIM* historian run on the same platform. You should be at a minimum of I/A version 4.3x or 6.1x to run AIM*AT.
The legacy historian is going to be supported ...
Report Writer 50, Win32 Report Package (Foxboro Canada), and FoxDMM (for maintenance) are available.
You can configure trends with the legacy DM graphics package or use other optional packages such as: FoxAnalyst, FoxExplorer, Statistical Process Control Package (SPCP).
You can use the standard trends available through the DM package and then modify them as you see fit or you could probably get trends made by other Foxboro I/A users and modify them too. To access these trends select CONFIG, then Display Builder, then select the size screen you want to create (1/4 screen all the way up to full screen). Select
FoxDraw provides 7 trend types and 14 durations. You can use a pre-configured trend or you can configure a custom trend, connecting trend pens to parameters you specify. You can insert up to 8 trend graphics (single base display or base display plus library object). A trend can show up to 4 variables in real time or history. Data can be numeric or Boolean. See Section 2 (Trends) of document B0193WG for more details.
Can I restrict changes to on-line trends?
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