FactoryLink monitors, supervises, and controls industrial processes by enabling
customers to perfect their processes and products. Built on an advanced open
architecture, FactoryLink delivers the highest performance and flexibility to
customers building vertical applications in a wide range of industries.
scaleable, FactoryLink can be used to build virtually any size application, from
the simplest Human-Machine Interface (HMI) systems to the most complex and
demanding Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
FactoryLink provides comprehensive state-of-the-art tools that empower users to
configure applications tailored to satisfy their requirements. Spanning the
spectrum of real-time HMI, SCADA and industrial information management
applications, the versatility of the product is virtually unlimited. This
flexibility is demonstrated by the more than 80,000 systems installed worldwide
in diverse industries as:
- Food and Beverage
- Oil and Gas
- Building Automation
The FactoryLink Advantage
Siemens FactoryLink has many
distinct advantages that provide true value to our customers
- Lower hardware
FactoryLink's superior high performance architecture does not require as
many computing resources as competitive products to achieve an equivalent
level of performance. This reduces your overall hardware, software, and
- Grow as you go.
The exception-processing architecture allows you to scale applications from
the very small to the very large with minimal additional hardware costs.
Detailed audit logs, multiple security levels and other advanced features
facilitate building applications that are compliant with industry standards
and government regulations (21 CFR Part 11, TREAD Act, etc.)
- Harness the power
of the network.
The multi-tier architecture design means that it can be deployed in a
wide-array of flexible architectures including single station, multi-station
client/server, and peer-to-peer.
- High availability.
Best-in-class application redundancy and online configuration capabilities
are easy to set up to ensure that your system is continuously up and running
Open, published interfaces based on industry standards lets you integrate
your application seamlessly into virtually any environment.
- Everything you
Only FactoryLink includes Microsoft SQL Server and true Microsoft VBA in the
box, ensuring that you can assemble a complete solution without incurring
additional and costly third-party licenses expenses.
FactoryLink system comes with comprehensive functionality to get the job done as
fast as possible.
Introduced in FactoryLink 7.5 is the complete set of functionality necessary to
build FDA-compliant HMI/SCADA applications including digital signatures (single
and double), detailed audit trails, reason codes, and more.
Graphical User Interface
FactoryLink's graphical interface is called Client Builder. It provides a
comprehensive, object-oriented, visualization environment with embedded
Microsoft VBA to enable a completely tailored solution. One-Click Client enables
rapid deployment of client nodes across the net.
Alarms and Events
alarm manager is completely distributed, so multiple applications can aggregate
their alarms and events, allowing a single user to view, acknowledge and respond
to geographically dispersed applications. Introduced in 7.5 is the ability to
e-mail alarm status and acknowledgments. FactoryLink 8.0 expands the e-mail
viewer to manage active lists of nearly 10,000 alarms.
FactoryLink provides Microsoft Access reports with a comprehensive reporting
application that enables up to the second analysis of monitored industrial
processes. Integrators and users can add their own reports to the extensible
Create Applications Even Faster
applications are no problem with our automated creation of systems via our
groundbreaking application object technology. This allows systems to be built
entirely from Excel, ODBC data sources, or question and answer forms.
Networking and Redundancy
FactoryLink easily supports redundant applications with its advanced networking
functionality. It is just as easy to build other network topologies including
standalone, client-server, multi-station, and peer-to-peer configurations.
are capable of easily viewing the real-time and historical information
simultaneously on any single chart, enabling operators to make more intelligent
FactoryLink provides high-speed recording of large data sets in a
column-oriented schema for raw speed or a row-oriented schema to easily enable
Relational Database Interfaces
FactoryLink supports any ODBC database such as SQL Server, which is included
with the product. The relational database interface can communicate
simultaneously with multiple back-end databases from different vendors.
Real-time bi-directional access to the FactoryLink database is available to any
XML-enabled external application.
library of external device interfaces is available covering hundreds of popular
shop floor devices including PLC, RTU, and DCS hardware.
Standards-based communication to any OPC-enabled data source is easy and quick
using the FactoryLink OPC client.
FactoryLink server can also be an OPC server. You can use the OPC server to
broadcast real-time data to any standard OPC client.
powerful server-side Math and Logic scripting language enables almost any unique
requirement to be met. It can be either interpreted for easy debugging or
compiled for maximum speed.
recipe task enables easy batch download and upload of process variables with
developed with the programmer's access kit are completely integrated into the
FactoryLink system and are configured the same as FactoryLink tasks developed by
Performance and Scalability
FactoryLink provides the speed and performance necessary to handle all sizes of
applications from very small to very large. It can scale from a system with just
a few tags and one user to one with millions of tags and hundreds of users,
without sacrificing performance.
Supported platforms include Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 2003 with
graphical remote access via FactoryLink Client Builder, FactoryLink One-Click
Client, or Windows Terminal Services. Windows Vista is supported only with