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CAS SmartFactory 2.6 has been released.
Thursday, January 07, 2016

CAS Smart Factory system 2.6 (workflow management system) - automates group work in logistics, customs clearing and agile management. The system is to improve the efficiency of business processes as a result not only of work automation of individuals, but also an improvement in the organization of group cooperation. SmartFactory is embedded in Microsoft® SharePoint ™ platform, which enables remote access to the applications through a Web browser and direct participation of representatives of all parties concerned like separate business units, suppliers, customers, offices, etc. in joint business processes.

Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), an international standard, is used for analyzing SmartFactory algorithms. That approach permits to process the algorithms so as to adapt them to final user needs and easily modify according to individual needs of other users.

The latest version of SmartFactory system provides new versions of applications, with the most important modifications thereto:

  • Logistics – inbound and outbound management (Shepherd )
    • archiving of historical data
  • Customs clearing in duty suspension procedure (Inward Process Relief - IPR )
    • restriction on the access to necessary process data
    • possibility of using historical data for internal controls and by external institutions
    • optimization of processing operations
    • automation of settlement of IPR book accounts
  • Customs clearing in customs warehousing procedure (Customs Warehousing - CW)
    • the possibility of downloading an aggregate amount of SAD attachments
    • closing of multiple customs warehouse accounts
    • improvement in the content of generated documents
  • Agile project management (Agile Workload Tracker - AWT )
    • periodical reports for defined projects

The most important benefits of the implementation include:

  • reducing the workload required to achieve the aim
  • considerable shortening of the processes
  • reducing the number of required participants
  • improving the quality of the process
  • improving trust thanks to cooperation based on transparency rules and equaling the rights / duties of all participants
  • reducing cost barriers to the application use – the applications are available as services


New version of Shepherd is available !
Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Shepherd application enables us to optimize management of inbound and outbound operations thus supporting logistic processes and, in consequence, considerably improving the capacity of any warehouse and completely eliminating queues of waiting trucks. It is possible thanks to such an application design that all process participants (including external contractors) are involved in planning and carrying out logistic operations, as well as thanks to the omnipresent Internet and an universal browser available on every PC.

The used technology makes the application easily scalable and readily usable both for corporations and microbusiness as it does not require investments in hardware/licenses or specialist staff. The application is an ideal support for logistics departments of manufacturing companies.

Shepherd supports coordination of deliveries and shipments in the production environment at Japan Tobacco International – one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies.

See more about the Shepherd application

Download Shepherd application brochure



The CW app to keep records of goods under the customs warehousing procedure supports work at JTI.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The CW application has been launched in a private cloud of one of the leading international tobacco product manufacturers.


A customs warehouse is a place where the goods must be stored in accordance with the procedure laid down in relevant regulations. The CW application allows automation of processes related to the accounting for goods from their entering until leaving the customs warehousing procedure or entering another customs procedure (e.g. IPR).


As a result of the integration of the CW application with the IPR application as a component of the SmartFactory™ system we minimize the cost of accounting for goods transferred from the customs warehousing procedure to IP suspension.

As a result of deploying the SmartFactory™ system on the SharePoint™ platform the remote use of the applications through a web browser is possible, i.e. using any computer and most mobile devices.

The application can be available as a service, which does not require expenditure on hardware or licenses and, in consequence, removes the cost barrier for smaller customs warehouses.
 



The IPR application, supports the work at the Japan Tobacco International
Friday, January 24, 2014

CAS has completed the deployment of IPR applications to support the so-called. "Inward processing customs suspended book" - IPR in a Japan Tobacco International production environment - one of the largest cigarette manufacturers in the world.

IPR application allows registration, billing and documenting the tobacco circulation in the duty suspended system, for the purposes of the Customs Department in accordance with the requirements of the relevant customs regulations.
It aims to facilitate the handling of import and export documents from SAP, Office, CELINA, with particular emphasis on minimizing the calculation costs of the compensation goods and improve supervision over the process of processing the goods.
By using Internet technologies the IPR application can also work in a browser window without having to install any additional software, i.e. it provides access to data anywhere. The system in the cloud eliminates the financial and investment barriers to many small businesses.



An opportunity for research projects in Poland to be refunded
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Government of Poland and the European Union economically support entrepreneurs in developing their research and development activities (project budget could be refunded up to 85%). In the financial perspective 2014-2020 the means allocated for that purpose will amount to ca. €72.9bn. There are many programs planned with small and medium-sized enterprises with the priority focused among others on:

  • Research and development of modern technologies
  • R&D infrastructure
  • Capital for innovation
  • Investments in innovative undertakings
  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Polish economy on the international market

The programs very well suit the needs of further acceleration of adoption of the OPC Unified Architecture as innovative integration technology. On the grounds of my experience I have prepared a series of articles on the new scope of applications where OPC UA shall be recognized as a prerequisite. All of them have the common title pattern „OPC UA Makes it Possible”. (http://mpostol.wordpress.com/). This set of examples is an attempt to define the target scope for new R&D infrastructure or innovative undertakings. This concept is described in the article titled OPC Unified Architecture: Enabler of Future Solutions.

In the new budget more money will be allocated for creating innovative economy and establishing its firm bonds with scientific and research entities. As an Assistant Professor at Lodz University of Technology (Institute of Information Technology) – one of the largest universities of Poland - I can be a willing helper and actively support this process. Additionally, Polish industry seeks for new innovative solutions aimed at improving economy by optimizing process control. One of the examples is the project Smart Heat Distribution System for Warsaw. My team has provided the feasibility study for this solution. As far as I know the project will start soon and the concept will be implemented over a few next years. We are also currently working on implementation of the Smart Factory concept at Japan Tobacco International.

Concluding, undertaking common business activities together with Polish companies could be very beneficial as the result of:

  • Very strong support of research innovative projects by refunding their budgets up to 85%
  • A ready to be implemented vision of the research activities with the goal of working on new innovative application areas having global applicability and potential profitability
  • Real industry enquiries to apply the result of research outcomes mentioned above

Do not miss this opportunity. Let us benefit from the synergy effect together – you will be welcome to Poland. To get more and obtain a document containing answers to frequently asked questions send me your expressions of interest.

About Mariusz in the OPC Foundation:

Since 2004 Mariusz has been a member of the OPC Foundation. As publications author and member of working groups: Europe Technology Expert, Early Adopter, Analyzer Device Interface, Acceleration Adoption, Mariusz is involved in projects related to the development of the tools and the information model for Analytical Devices released as a companion specification. Mariusz is a Country Representative for OPC Europe.

See also:

Mariusz Postol, Ph.D. Eng.
http://mpostol.wordpress.com/
mailto:mpostol(at)cas.eu



CAS Shepherd system for the coordination of deliveries and shipments supports the work at JTI.
Monday, June 04, 2012

CAS has just finished the deployment of the Shepherd application for the coordination of deliveries and shipments in the customer production environment at Japan Tobacco International – a leading tobacco product manufacturer.
The application allows us to optimize logistic processes of any company because internal and external transport services are able to book in advance by selecting free and most convenient time slots from the schedule (like cinema tickets booking).
By using Internet technologies (the SharePoint platform), the process participants – both the employees (security and warehouse staff, sales, supply and logistic departments employees) and the external partners (suppliers, carriers, escort providers, offices, etc.) – are directly involved in joint business processes.
The Shepherd application can also work in a browser window without having to install any software, i.e. it provides access to data anywhere. The system in the cloud eliminates the financial and investment barriers to many small businesses.

See more about the Shepherd application

Download Shepherd application brochure



New functionalities of CommServer
Monday, April 11, 2011

We launched new versions of our flagship CommServer software family products dedicated to manage communication between applications, which combine the smart data transfer and systems integration functionality.

Updates are included in the following products: CommServer, OPC Viewer, DataPorter, OPC UA Address Space Model Designer, CommServer UA, OPC UA Viewer.

Read more…

See online help



New version 1.00.30 of CommServer UA is available
Monday, April 11, 2011

The main changes and new functionalities are listed below:

  • CommServer UA works in the 64-bit environment and supports Windows Vista, 7 and Server 2008
  • Certificates support provides higher level of security.
  • Synchronization with OPC Foundation SDK 1.01.326.0
  • User interface has been improved

Download the latest version of CommServer UA 1.00.30 and see online help



OPC UA Address Space Model Designer release
Friday, April 08, 2011

Address Space Model Designer is a user-friendly tool supporting all aspects of the model designing process.

The Standard edition has the following advantages:

  • Easy addition and deletion of nodes from the model structure
  • Definition of nodes relationship and types
  • Modes filtering
  • Helpful search and find utility
  • Type declaration
  • Generating source code for C# OPC Foundation SDK and
  • more...

The Professional edition contains all features of the Standard edition and also many new features such as:

  • Model view 2D/3D visualization
  • Browse view 2D visualization
  • Export model documentation to .DOCX and .MAML
  • Import of the OPC DA server address space
  • Editors (plug-ins) of custom OPC UA server configuration files
  • Process data binding with model nodes without programming
  • Custom editors
  • Custom built tool

Download the latest version of OPC UA Address Space Model Designer 3.00.00 and see online help



New version of OPC UA Viewer 1.00.10 is now available
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
  • Improved licensing management.
  • Some minor bug fixes and improvements.
     

Download the latest version of OPC UA Viewer 1.00.10 and see online help



New DataPorter 2.00.10 is available
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The main changes are listed below:

  • Some improvements to the user interface.
  • Improved licensing management.
  • Improved support for Windows Vista, 7 and 2008.
  • New location (based on ALLUSERSPROFILE) of configuration and log files (see product manual for details).
  • New version of OPC Viewer 3.10.00 is included.
  • Support of x64 operating systems (DataPorter works as 32-bit application on x64 OS).
  • Small bugfixes and improvements.
     

Download the latest version of DataPorter 2.00.10 and see online help



New CommServer 4.00.20 is available
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The main changes are listed below:

  • CommServer report contains more information in a better, user-friendly format.
  • Communication using UDP and TCP is improved.
  • Error in Modbus protocol while channel is suddenly disconnected is resolved.
  • Network Configuration tool user interface is improved (e.g. new navigation tools).
  • Some issues related to "Clean configuration", "Save As" and current configuration file management in Network Configuration tool are fixed.
  • Improved licensing management.
  • Improved support for Windows Vista, 7 and 2008.
  • New location (based on ALLUSERSPROFILE) of configuration and log files (see product manual for details).
  • New version of OPC Viewer 3.10.00 is included.
  • Small bugfixes and improvements.

Download the latest version of New CommServer 4.00.20 and see online help



New OPC Viewer 3.10.00 is available
Monday, April 04, 2011

The main changes are listed below:

  • Some improvements to the user interface.
  • Improved licensing management.
  • Improved support for Windows Vista, 7 and 2008.
  • New location (based on ALLUSERSPROFILE) of configuration and log files (see product manual for details).
  • Some issues during installation / uninstallation are fixed.
  • Small bugfixes and improvements.

Download the latest version of OPC Viewer 3.10.00 and see online help



Smart Grids - analysis of problems, proposing solutions on the example of District Heating Network
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Inspired by the Smart grid, more and more heating companies choose to start work on intelligent heating networks that are to improve the heating system operation.

Aspects of the district heating networks development are presented in the published documents: white paper and case study. They are prepared basing on the experience and exchange of opinions at the stage of preparation of the feasibility study of the Smart Heat Distribution Network (SHDS) for Warsaw central heating system. The case study concerns the proposal of innovative solutions in technology, communications, computing and automation, which can significantly affect an improvement in heating systems operation.

Download: Case study “Implementation of intelligence in district heating systems baisng on Smart Heat Distribution Network feasibility study for Warsaw central heating system”

Download: White paper “Smart Heat Distribution Network for Warsaw central heating system”



Control Engineering Poland 2010 Product of the Year Awards given
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We are proud to announce, that CommServer UA, a product by CAS is the winner in the “Wireless communication” category. Our software has been praised by experienced experts in the field of industrial automation.

CommServer UA is one of the first OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) server throughout the world. It allows you to minimize implementation costs of highly distributed automation systems, due to the open architecture of the Process Observer.

An important second place in the “HMI, SCADA systems, visualization” category won our product - OPC UA Viewer. Our software allows for easy configuration of OPC UA communication using secure communications and different communication protocols. OPC UA Viewer can be integrated with other programs, such as GIS, ERP, BI, SCADA and HMI, becoming for them a new source of data.

You can find more information (in Polish) on Control Engineering Poland website.



Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Partnership Program
Monday, February 21, 2011

We offer hardware and software vendors an opportunity to integrate their products with CommServer software family.Thanks to the offered functionality without having to incur expenditure on research and development projects you can deliver a product with strong competitive edge on the OPC and OPC UA market.

More about principles and the idea of the OEM Partnership Program can be found at www.commsvr.com.



Successful completion of a project on the Smart Heat Distribution Network for Warsaw heating system
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We are proud to announce that we have just successfully accomplished the technical/economic feasibility study on Smart Heat Distribution Network (SHDS) for Warsaw central heating system.

The Warsaw central heating system consists of hot water circulating network, about 1700km long, including 16000 nodes and supplied from 4 thermo-power plants with total output power of 4,5GW. In the feasibility study of the Smart Heat Distribution Network (SHDS) for Warsaw central heating system we propose high-tech solutions covering technology, communication, IT and process control with the aim of significantly improving heat transportation efficiency, reducing losses (power dissipation, water leakage, etc.) and finally ensuring the high possible quality and reliability of heat supply to customers in accordance with their expectations. The proposed architecture bases on the open connectivity standards and, as a result, it provides a framework for the integration of highly distributed “islands of automation” with top level applications employing the artificial intelligence idea for optimal control of the heat transportation process. Provided documentation contains hundreds of pages with analyses, diagrams, tables and descriptions intended to propose a consistent vision of the enterprise development and seamless integration of the SHDS with the enterprise management IT systems.



Control Systems, HMI change Management, Security - white paper published by Control Engineering
Friday, November 19, 2010

Change management and security concerns have increased as human-machine interfaces have become more open and expose process data and metadata. Security precautions need to provide selective availability to control functions. Standards such as OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) can help off-the-shelf products be flexible and reusable, even in demanding applications.

Read the article from Control Engineering Magazine (November 2010) written by Mariusz Postol (Technical University of Lodz, Poland and CAS company) and Krzysztof Pietrusewicz (West Pomeranian University of Technology).

CAS has contributed to this paper sharing our experience foused on using OPC UA to improve security and build smart HMI.



New version of CommServer 4.00.04 software is available now.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

In this version of CommServer problem with x64 operating systems is fixed (CommServer works as 32-bit application on x64 OS).

Download latest version of CommServer 4.00.04



SPS/IPC/Drives 2010 Industrial Computer Fair for electric automation technology
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nurnberg, Germany, Nov. 23 – 25, 2010

Together with other OPC Foundation members, CAS will exhibit at the OPC Foundation booth and present products and solutions based on the OPC technology, especially focusing on the new emerging Unified Architecture standard. Of course, you will find also the CommServer products including breaking features of the Address Space Model Designer.

Over 1360 exhibitors present their most innovative products and services. SPS/IPC/DRIVES Fair is dedicated to manufacturing process control technology.

See you in Nuremberg to discuss our new OEM and VAR programs.

You will find us in Hall 7 booth 190.

More information SPS/IPC/Drivers 2010 : http://www.mesago.de/en/SPS/home.htm



OPC UA Viewer - OPC Unified Architecture client
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

CommServer OPC UA Viewer is a free OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) client. It allows integrators, developers, testers and all other users to easily connect to any OPC UA server, read data from the server, browse model structure according to references and much more! OPC UA Viewer is an ideal solution for automatic testing of connection with the OPC UA server using different communication protocols and using many different data transition security modes.

FEATURES

  • Ability to connect to many servers at the same time.
  • Ability to connect to OPC UA server using either binary streams that use TCP channel or using Web Services and HTTP protocol.
  • Support for many different data transfer security types, e.g. using encrypted or non-encrypted communication, certificates.
  • Ability to automate testing of connecting to servers, that are working in the network.
  • Browsing of the server address space structure according to different reference types.
  • Filtering of particular reference types in the Browse view.
  • Creating of the subscription to monitor the changes of values (support for different types of monitoring is available).
  • Read and write of values from/to variables.
  • Easy storing and loading of communication sessions.

Download OPC UA Viewer 1.00.00



New version 2.00.08 DataPorter software is available
Thursday, August 05, 2010

DataPorter 2.00.08The main changes are listed below:

  • Graphical transaction configuration tool is improved
  • New, extended help file is added
  • Some improvements and bug fixes

 

Download the latest version of DataPorter 2.00.08



OPC Book: OPC - From Data Access to Unified Architecture
Monday, July 26, 2010

OPC - From Data Access to Unified Architecture"OPC - From Data Access to Unified Architecture” - this book provides a solid foundation of knowledge for suppliers and end users alike to truly understand OPC from the beginning all the way through the OPC Unified Architecture. One of the book co-authors is Mariusz Postół , CEO of CAS and representative of the OPC Foundation Europe in Poland.

This OPC book can be purchased through Softing AG website.



New version 2.00.06 DataPorter software is available
Monday, May 31, 2010

This is bugfix release. The main changes are listed below:

  • Saving data in the database is fixed
  • Displaying graphic blocks in transactions configuration is fixed

Download the latest version of DataPorter 2.00.06

See online help (http://www.commsvr.com/OPC-Help/Index.aspx)



New version 2.00.04 of DataPorter is available.
Thursday, May 13, 2010

This is bugfix release. The main changes are listed below:

  • Buffered queues are fixed
  • Some log messages and desriptions of paramteres are improved or fixed

See online help (http://www.commsvr.com/DataPorter/Index.aspx)

Download the latest version of DataPorter™ 2.00.04



OPC Foundation Launches OPC Europe
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The OPC Foundation – an organization whose mission is to ensure interoperability in automation by creating and maintaining of the OPC and OPC Unified Architecture open communication standards, has set up an European subsidiary, the OPC Europe.

OPC Europe President is Stefan Hoppe from Beckhoff ,Vice President - Tino Hildebrand from Siemens.

I am very pleased to have been selected to lead such a prestigious group of companies in the marketing effort for OPC UA technology throughout Europe.” said Stefan Hoppe.

Representative of the OPC Europe in Poland is Mariusz Postół - CEO of CAS.

"CAS entered the world of the OPC Unified Architecture new standard in 2008. My task as a representative of the OPC Europe in Poland is to ensure that Polish engineers do not miss the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the OPC Unified Architecture, as groundbreaking changes occur once every 20 years. I hope that CAS will not be the only Polish corporate member of the OPC Foundation soon." said Mariusz Postół

OPC and OPC Unified Architecture enable the transmission of process data, data about alarms and events, historical data to devices of different manufacturers.

For more information about OPC Europe, please visit the OPC Foundation website at www.opceurope.org



2009 Product of the Year Award for OPC UA Address Space Model Designer.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The editorial board of Control Engineering Poland magazine granted the “2009 Product of the Year” awards. We are proud to announce, that OPC UA Address Space Model Designer, a product by CAS is the winner in the “User interfaces” category.

OPC UA Address Space Model Designer software has been praised by experienced industrial automation experts for innovation, user-friendliness, ease of use and possibilities of practical application. You can find more information (in Polish) on Control Engineering Poland website.

Download the latest version of OPC UA Address Space Model Designer 2.10.10

See online help (http://www.commsvr.com/UAModelDesigner/Index.aspx )



New service: Designing of the OPC Unified Architecture Information Models.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We have added a new service to our offer, i.e. Designing of the OPC Unified Architecture Information Models. This service is dedicated to all companies (vendors or end users) that are going to design a model from scratch or adapt the existing one.


This service is provided in the 3 basic steps:

  • Information model requirement definition – An analysis of the customers’ needs and necessary documentation.
  • Designing of the OPC UA information model from scratch or adaptation of the existing one.
  • Information model approval. – The created model can be immediately exposed using the CommServerUA (which is for free after the model designing service has been purchased).
     

More...



New version 2.10.10 of OPC UA Address Space Model Designer software is available.
Monday, January 18, 2010

The main changes and new functionalities are listed below:

  • Synchronization with OPC Foundation SDK 1.01.308.0
  • Some minor bugfixes and improvements.

See online help (http://www.commsvr.com/UAModelDesigner/Index.aspx )

Download the latest version of OPC UA Address Space Model Designer 2.10.10



OPC UA servers powered by CommServer™ UA
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A new group of products from CommServer software family - dedicated OPC UA servers:

More about OPC UA



White paper: Implementation of the OPC UA Information Model for Analyzers.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We would like to invite you to read a white paper entitled: “Implementation of the OPC UA Information Model for Analyzers” written by Mariusz Postol (CAS), Voytek J. Janisz (ABB), Claude M Lafond (ABB) and Jim Luth (OPC Foundation) that has just been published by the OPC Foundation.

In this white paper selected aspects of the ADI model adaptation and implementation are discussed. The white paper is dedicated to supporting process architects and software developers in deployment of the ADI-aware solutions in a real production environment. Very general scope of the discussion makes the paper a case study that can be useful for the deployment of any kind of OPC UA product. The content of the article is a result of the experience gained by the authors during their work with the OPC Foundation ADI working group.

This paper is available without access restrictions from the OPC Foundation website.




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