Important changes and new features of LabVision 2.10

05.03.2010 HBr

Windows compatibility

  • LabVision 2.10 is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 in 32-bit model implementation.
  • Using a 64-bit operation system allows to use all components except of the RI-Editor. The RI-Editor uses a 16-bit programming model and can therefore not be used directly from LabVision Designer. But notice, that worksheets that are equipped with embedded RI-Editor paintings could started in LabVision without any problems.

New features of LabVision 2.10

  • Table based recipe control with EasyBatch™ and ActionTracker™

    EasyBatch™

    Reproducibility and clear documentation of a test  procedure are the requirements to assure quality and to reduce development times. This can only be reached in the scope of reasonable expenditure through automation of the procedure already in the research laboratory. Up to now, only the text-based language HiText™ or the graphical sequential function chart HiBatch™ were available for programming. As a new option of unmatched simplicity, EasyBatch™ is now available. EasyBatch™ enables uncomplicated table-based and and self-documenting programming. The operation can be conducted on an intuitive basis. EasyBatch™ can also be used in combination with the manual operation mode and ensures reproducibility in an easy manner. EasyBatch™ is even simpler to handle as HiText™ and HiBatch™ and is in particular suited for the programming of processes of simple to medium complexity. EasyBatch™ is also ideally suited for the control of fermenters, micro reaction technology plants, and robots. An own table column is provided for all parameters and values, such as times and amounts, intended for regulation. The first column contains the order to be performed. In the simplest case, a program only consists of set and wait orders. Full flexibility is reached through further commands such as ÔÇ×Wait untilÔÇť, ÔÇ×RampÔÇť, If <Condition>, The table listed below, depicts the commands in detail. As a special solution, HiText™ programs can be integrated into the procedure, which are controlled by the Start/Stop/Pause buttons. The command parameters, such as time intervals, conditions, e.g. "pH > 6,5" or a HiText™ program name are entered into the parameter column. The last column, if necessary, serves for the entry of comments  by the operator for relevant information which can not be automatically captured.

    ActionTracker™ Action Recorder

    The user can control the plant manually with the help of the operating screen. All set point value modifications are automatically recorded in the table. All value modifications are added as a line of the table by the Action Recorder. Consequently, there is a clear and reproducible description of the actual procedure in table form available at the end of each process. In other words: A workable program is automatically established by the operating activities of the operator without the necessity of any further action. The chain of activities recorded in table form can now be automatically repeated without any further effort. It is possible, during the run time or before the repeated start of the table, to enter intervals, set points, comments, conditions etc. Usually, before repeated execution, the table is edited to consolidate the same. Set points which were modified shortly after another can be summarized in one line and certain operator-supported tasks such as the reaching of a certain value (in this case: Wait pH > 7) can be integrated into the program. If values are modified by the operator during realization, the table is automatically accordingly adjusted. This ensures that the procedure is documented and reproducible 100% at any given time. The LabVision┬« Project Modules represent the ideal basis for EasyBatch™. The deployed modules automatically allocate the EasyBatch™ programs table so that the laboratory work can be immediately commenced after a project has been established. The EasyBatch™ Module is therefore the ideal tool to automate frequently changing applications with minimum expenditure. 

    Advantages

    • Recipe creation without programming knowledge in minimum of time
    • Combination of manual and automatic Mode of Operation
    • More time for Core Tasks due to a more efficient Mode of Operation
    • Automatic Test Control , also during the Night and Weekends
    • Modification of the parameters and procedure also during run time
    • Ideal documentation due to a consistent and complete recording of measurement values, sequences,  events and manual interventions
    • Simplified and safe transfer of the EMSR-Know-How from the lab to pilot plant and the production stage
    • Supports the GLP and GMP suited methods

 

  • Application oriented data point definition via simple mouse click

    As an addition to the normal proven definition masks for creating devices and data points LabVision now offers a new and very easy to use "Quick Definition Screen" for commonly used sensors, actuators and laboratory equipment.
    By a simple mouse click to the displayed panel of a
    LabManager/LabBox, the user ca select from a predefined list of fully  parameterized devices and sensors, that can be used at the available channels. After another click LabVision will create a new data point, that is properly equipped and automatically assigned to the selected hardware channel.

 

  • Improved project module technology wit direct channel assignment

    The technique of rapid application creation with project modules has been improved in this version. In addition to the re-developed project module library with ready-to-use modules such as "tempering" or "dosing" the loading (instantiation) of new project modules was greatly accelerated and simplified. The naming of data points is now done automatically and the user can modify the proposed channel assignment via a simple mouse click before the completion of the instantiation. 

 
  • New and clearer table layout

    All the data point and reporting tables have been redesigned in a contemporary style, and now also offer improved searching and sorting functions.

 
  • New manuals and program's online help

    Product manuals, and the program's online help have been extensively reworked.

 

  • Online data point cloning tool for multi-reactor plants

    The data point cloner from LabVision version 2.8 was completely been re-designed. It allows to multiply data points, devices and relevant project objects like worksheets or HiText programs  while the project application is running. Therefore it possible to develop a multi-reactor client from a single plant in rapid time. Already cloned projects can be un-cloned or expanded with more clone layers.  The HiText SL-Multibatch module for parallel syntheses was completely implemented.

 

  • Fields for all types of data point

    All types of data points (numerical, text and device components) can now be declared as field. The field index of a single data point is automatically retained in square brackets. Each single data point of a field can separately be scaled and parameterized. Thus a maximum of flexibility is ensured in the project development.

 

  • Expanded and improved libraries 

    • Revised designer libraries for standard operating and display elements (HiTecLib)

    • New Glass-Library for the RI-editor with lots of new images of laboratory devices
    • New and revised project module libraries
    • New EasyBatch module library

 

  • TotalBackup tool

    The new backup / restore tool allows to backup a complete LabVision installation in a single file. This image backup can be restored to this or any other computer. A previous installation of LabVision software is not necessary when restoring an image backup. TotalBack up can also be used with older software versions of LabVision (down to  2.5.1.x). 
    An image file contains the complete LabVision program environment, as well as all user created projects including their data bases. 

 

  • PNK-driver

    • New universal Multi-PNK driver for the direct access of NAMUR or MODBUS devices with the PC. Serial ports as well as Ethernet ports are supported (via TCP / IP)..

    • Improved OPCPNK driver with field data point support

 

  • LabVision Extensions

    • The worksheet designer has many new enhancements. Thus, all used designer elements can be listed in the object tree according to their data point assignment. Grouped elements can temporarily be opened for editing (changing size, moving, property changes). Device component panels  can now show their device icon, which can also be used as minimizing switch. New Project modules can directly be loaded from the Designer.
    • Multiplotter/Online Chart are now creating user comments with the name of the creating module. This  name can be used to filter in process report. Every plotter/chart instance can set a filter to show only the comments of its own chart. 
    • The handling to set analysis- und delta-t cursor was simplified. 
    • The process report has new search and filter functions.

 

 Important changes and new features of LabVision Version  2.9

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