Siemens FactoryLink 8.0 delivers the new high performance interface
between the FactoryLink Server and graphical client stations. Based on
standard TCP/IP sockets, this pathway provides the fastest, most reliable data
for plant-wide visualization. Customers who struggled with the complex
security requirements of DCOM when deploying FactoryLink clients will find
version 8.0 to be easy with improved performance.
Direct connection between the server and client allows users to use the same
technique as they did with the 7.x server with shared drive letters. This
connection type is used for remote development of client projects.
Server connections allow clients to connect via TCP/IP socket interface and
cache the files locally on the client hard disk to quickly display previously
viewed files. Any updates to the original files on the
server are re-cached to the client when viewed the next time by the client.
Redundancy features now include the ability to connect to the
primary server (the one communicating with the PLC in most cases). Client
Builder still supports direct OPC connectivity for backward compatibility or for
the creation of data connections directly to a 3rd-party OPC server.