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The scalable core software in measuring value acquisition

As central part of the iba system, ibaPDA has been proving itself as one of the most versatile data acquisition systems for maintenance and production for years. Client-server architecture, flexible recording, simple configuration owing to auto-detect are just some of the convincing features.


ibaPDA at a glance

Data acquisition system for maintenance, production and quality control

Connection of automation systems of different manufacturers and generations

Individually configurable online display with client-­server architecture

Several simultaneous acquisitions possible

Central configuration dialog with integrated online diagnostics

Additional information on text signals importable

Output of ­messages and alarms

Synchronization of several ibaPDA systems in multi-­station operation with microsecond accuracy




Technical features
Architecture Client/server
Number of Clients 2, expandable according to needs with single or multi-user licenses
Number of Signals Licenses signal-based; grades: 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 and unlimited. Figures refer to analog, digital and text signals in total, free arrangement; Special license ibaPDA-PLC-Xplorer with 64 signals

Windows 7 (32/64 Bit), 8 (32/64 Bit), 8.1 (32/64 Bit), 10 (32/64 Bit),
Windows Server 2008 (32 Bit), 2008 R2 (64 Bit), 2012 (64 Bit), 2012 R2 (64 Bit), 2016 (64 Bit), 2019 (64 Bit)

.NET Framework 4.6 or higher required

Hardware Computer with Multicore CPU 2 GHz, 2048 MB RAM; we recommend using ibaRackline or ibaDeskline industrial computers
I/O Manager Central configuration of all devices (modules), signals, signal groups, text signals and alarms User support due to dynamic selection menus for configuring modules
Auto-detect Automatic detection and display of connected hardware (plug & play)
Online Diagnostics Module and device state, actual signal values
Signal Groups Any signals of different data sources can be grouped to provide a better overview. Number of groups unlimited.
Virtual Signals/
Expression Editor
Virtual signals can be created, evaluated and connected with the help of an expression editor, Virtual signals may be displayed, recorded and combined with real signals Creation of complex trigger signals; online evaluation (e.g. sums, differences)
Alarm and signal outputs Digital and analog output signals can be configured (expression editor),
output cycle: ≥ 50 ms; output via ibaFOB card, PROFIBUS-DP, PROFINET or Reflective Memory, OPC DA, OPC UA, Ethernet/IP, MODBUS, TCP/IP Generic, S7-Xplorer
Module structure
(device or data interface)
Number of signals per module dependent on the module type
The number and allocation of analog and digital signals are freely configurable for some modules
Sample Time Basic sample time: 1 ms to 1000 ms, fast measurement with appropriate hardware down to 10 µs; output time for alarm outputs: ≥ 50 ms (server cycle); for each module, an individual sample time can be additionally set (multiple of basic sample time)
Data Storage 2 independent data storages included in the basic package, further data storages require extra license. Each data storage can run in overlapping mode with 2 or more files. Change in data storage configuration does not force restart of data acquisition.
Storage Profiles Any number of storage profiles which can be used by all data storages
Signal Compression Signal recording with multiples of sample time;
Optional: recording of actual, average, min or max value
Trigger For each recording: 1 start and 1 stop trigger (or trigger group) to start or stop the recording. Optional: pre-trigger and post-trigger time can be configured.
Signal Presentation
Signal Displays Unlimited number as dockable windows side by side or one behind the other
Number of Curves Unlimited for each window and graph
Special Views Oscilloscpe, FFT display, digitalmeter, QPanel, camera view, orbit view
Scaling Separated or common Y-axes, manual or automatic scaling
Feed Individual time base or feeding speed and direction for each display; feed may be stopped and restarted any time without affecting the data acquisition or recording; zooming is possible with the feed stopped
Layout Configuration Unlimited number of layouts can be configured and stored
Switching between different layouts during operation is possible
Recorder Status Display of all defined recordings with their status, path and file name
Event Log Logging of all events relevant to the system

Systematic Transparency

The ibaPDA system (Process Data Acquisition System) is the core product of iba applications. ibaPDA is an extremely powerful, PC-based acquisition and recording system for different measured data in automated technical processes.

The modular product concept allows highly flexible configuration options and provides perfectly tailored solutions for varying needs

Continuous long-term acquisition

of measured values to be able to further optimize automation processes

Specific search for errors

Use as disturbance recorder

with triggered recording in case of failure

Eik Spietz
Application & Consulting, iba AG

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Client-Server Architecture

The client-server architecture of ibaPDA allows the distribution of configuration, data acquisition, recording and online display to different components.

Broad Connectivity

A special feature of the ibaPDA system is the broad connectivity allowing to acquire data from programmable controllers of all common manufacturers.

Signals Galore

ibaPDA is available in numerous variants with regard to the number of signals. Licenses are available for 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 and an unlimited number of signals.

Scalable Sampling Timebase

For usual acquisition of measured data, the timebase may be set between 1 and 1000 ms. For higher speeds regarding signal changes, special modules can realize shorter acquisition times of down to 10 µs.

Simple Configuration with Auto-Detect

All settings relevant to signals and modules are made in a central dialog, the I/O Manager. It provides clear and concise presentation of all necessary setup information.

Integrated Online-Diagnostics

Integrated diagnostics in the I/O Manager provide status information and values for all connected data sources enabling the user to easily check the functioning of the system already during the configuration and localize error sources, if necessary.

Versatile Text Signals

In many cases, additional information on the pure measured values facilitates the subsequent assignment and analysis. This information can be transmitted to the ibaPDA system using text signals.

Virtual Signals and Expression Editor

By means of arithmetical and logical connections, arbitrary "virtual signals" can be created in an expression editor. These virtual signals can be recorded just like measuring signals and can for instance be used to easily create trigger conditions.

Generation of Alarms

While monitoring the process, it is important, to immediately detect errors or deviations. Already during data acquisition, the signals can be checked for certain conditions, e.g. comparison with limit values, thus generating warnings and alarms.

Flexible Recording

The measurement and monitoring requirements of different systems are as manifold as the recording options of ibaPDA. Several data storages with specific parameters can be configured in a system.

Direct Writing to Databases/Clouds

Data can also be written time-­based directly from ibaPDA to data­bases/clouds. For this purpose special data stores subject to licensing are available.

Comfortable Display and Operation

The display can be configured for each user individually using buttons and drag & drop. Any number of signal displays with any number of signals can be created in separate or common signal graphs.

Clearly arranged Signal Groups

When thousands of signals are to be recorded in large systems, there is the risk of losing track. For better overview, signals from different sources, but related by area of operation, can be combined into any number of signal groups.

Success Stories

Drive Optimization in a Railcar Dumper and Train Positioner for Mines

iba Oceania designed a measuring system for a multiple AC motor VVVF controlled car positioner in a mine.

Troubleshooting at a Minesite

After a scheduled maintenance shutdown in an ore processing plant, the start-up of a particular sequence came
to a grinding halt whenever a certain...

Increasing product quality by means of visual signals

Increasing product quality by means of visual signals

Online process monitoring with ibaVision.

Extensions for ibaPDA

The ibaPDA system can be modularly extended by a number of useful add-ons with additional functions



ibaHD-Server empowers users with the ability to perform long-term analytics while rapidly visualizing trends and events from months to milliseconds. Easily archive large time-synchronized data sets, even from multiple ibaPDA systems. Querying events provides immediate access to failure-mode and root-cause discovery.

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Continuous processing lines need length-based quality data for product qualification. The quality data recording system ibaQDR acquires data time-based at different measuring locations and assigns the measurement values precisely to the length position of the product.

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ibaQPanel is a software addon that allows for the live display of process and quality data in an HMI-picture. ibaQPanel combines the functionality of technological representations of measurement variables with elements typical for HMI screens. It is seamlessly integrated in ibaPDA.

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ibaInSpectra - Real-time Condition Monitoring of process vibrations

With ibaInSpectra, vibrations are monitored continuously and possible error sources can be detected in an early stage. As ibaInSpectra is integrated in ibaPDA, not only can pure vibration analyses can be done, but possible relations between vibrational effects and process behavior can also be determined.

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Latest software

ibaPDA Language Pack v6.39.8  
English | German | Russian | Italian | Spanish | French | Polish | Korean | .zip | 5 MB
ibaPDA Software v7.2.0  
English | German | Russian | Italian | Spanish | French | Polish | Korean | .zip | 146 MB
ibaPDA Software v7.1.7  
English | German | Russian | Italian | Spanish | French | Polish | Korean | .zip | 137 MB
ibaPDA Software v6.39.15  
English | German | Russian | Italian | Spanish | French | Polish | Korean | .zip | 130 MB

Product information brochure

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Manuals ibaPDA

ibaPDA (Part 1/7) Introduction and Installation v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 4 MB
ibaPDA (Part 2/7) I/O-Manager v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 4 MB
ibaPDA (Part 3/7) Data interfaces and modules v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 5 MB
ibaPDA (Part 4/7) Expression Builder v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 4 MB
ibaPDA (Part 5/7) Data storage v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA (Part 6/7) Data visualization v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 8 MB
ibaPDA (Part 7/7) Appendix v7.0.0  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA Postprocessing v1.5  
English | .pdf | 729 KB
ibaPDA Watchdog v1.1  
English | .pdf | 852 KB
ibaPDA-IEC61850-Server v1  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Multistation v1.0  
English | .pdf | 764 KB
ibaPDA-OPC-UA-Server+ v1.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Plugin v1.4  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-SNMP-Server+ v1.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB

Manuals ibaPDA Interfaces

Connection ibaPDA with ABB drives ACS880 or DCS880 via Modbus-TCP v1.2  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA AN-X-DCSNet v1.0  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-AB-Xplorer v1.2  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-B&R-Xplorer v1.0  
English | .pdf | 1,014 KB
ibaPDA-Interface-Bachmann-Xplorer v1.0  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Codesys-Xplorer v1.3  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-EGD v1.4  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-EtherNet/IP v2.2  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-GCOM v2.1  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Generic-TCP v1.4  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Generic-UDP v1.5  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-HPCI-DGM200E v1.0  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-IEC61850 v1.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-IEC61850-9-2 v1.0  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-LANDSCAN v2.0  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-LMI-Gocator v1.2  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Logix-Xplorer v1.2  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-MELSEC-Xplorer v1.2  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Micro-Epsilon v1.0  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Modbus-Serial v1.0  
English | .pdf | 364 KB
ibaPDA-Interface-Modbus-TCP-Client v2.9  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Modbus-TCP-Server v2.9  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-MQTT v1.0  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-OPC-UA-Client v2.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Profinet-CP v1.0  
English | .pdf | 697 KB
ibaPDA-Interface-Raw Ethernet v1.0  
English | .pdf | 334 KB
ibaPDA-Interface-Raytek v1.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Reflective-Memory v4.0  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-S7-TCP/UDP v2.3  
English | .pdf | 4 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-S7-Xplorer v2.1  
English | .pdf | 5 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Sigmatek-Xplorer v1.0  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-SIMOTION-Xplorer Interface v1.1  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-SINAMICS-Xplorer v1.1  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-SINUMERIK-Xplorer v1.0  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-TC-net v1.1  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-TDC-TCP/UDP v2.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-Toshiba-ADMAP v1.0  
English | .pdf | 935 KB
ibaPDA-Interface-TwinCAT-Xplorer v1.2  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Interface-VIP-TCP/UDP v2.8  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-SD-TDC Lite v2.2  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Sisteam-TCPIP v2.0  
English | .pdf | 3 MB

Manuals ibaPDA Request Options

ibaPDA X-Pact request v1.1  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Request-DTBox v1  
English | .pdf | 3 MB
ibaPDA-Request-FM458-TDC v2.6  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Request-HiPAC v1.1  
English | .pdf | 1 MB
ibaPDA-Request-HPCI v2.0  
English | .pdf | 4 MB
ibaPDA-Request-S7-DP/PN v3.7  
English | .pdf | 8 MB
ibaPDA-Request-S7-UDP v1.4  
English | .pdf | 5 MB
ibaPDA-Request-SD-TDC v4.4  
English | .pdf | 2 MB
ibaPDA-Request-TwinCAT v1.1  
English | .pdf | 2 MB

Order Information

Please contact your local sales partner

Order no.NameDescription
30.770.064 ibaPDA-V7-64 Basic package with server/client application, for 64 measuring signals
30.770.128 ibaPDA-V7-128 Basic package with server/client application, for 128 measuring signals
30.770.256 ibaPDA-V7-256 Basic package with server/client application, for 256 measuring signals
30.770.512 ibaPDA-V7-512 Basic package with server/client application, for 512 measuring signals
30.771.024 ibaPDA-V7-1024 Basic package with server/client application, for 1024 measuring signals
30.772.048 ibaPDA-V7-2048 Basic package with server/client application, for 2048 measuring signals
30.774.096 ibaPDA-V7-4096 Basic package with server/client application, for 4096 measuring signals
30.778.192 ibaPDA-V7-8192 Basic package with server/client application, for 8192 measuring signals
30.779.999 ibaPDA-V7-unlimited Basic package with server/client application, for unlimited measuring signals
30.770.022 ibaPDA-V7-Data-Store Add-on license for writing two more measurement files (*.dat)
30.770.023 ibaPDA-V7-Ultra-Data-Store Add-on license for additional data-storage, 255 measurement files (*.dat) with 20 signals each. Number of files will be reduced, with more signals.
30.770.024 ibaPDA-V7-Client Extension with one more client
30.770.025 ibaPDA-V7-Multi Client Extension with five more clients
30.001.930 ibaPDA Multistation License extension Multi-station application
30.670.050 ibaPDA-SNMP-Server+ Advanced SNMP Server function
30.670.051 ibaPDA-OPC-UA-Server+ Advanced OPC UA Server function
30.670.052 ibaPDA-IEC61850-Server Add-on license IEC61850-Server
Order no.NameDescription
31.000.001 ibaPDA-Interface-S7-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Simatic S7-200/300/400/1200/1500/WinAC/Logo!
31.000.002 ibaPDA-Interface-Codesys-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Codesys-based systems (V2 and V3)
31.000.003 ibaPDA-Interface-AB-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Allen-Bradley PLC5 and SLC500
31.000.004 ibaPDA-Interface-Sigmatek-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Sigmatek systems
31.000.005 ibaPDA-Interface-TwinCAT-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Beckhoff systems
31.000.006 ibaPDA-Interface-B&R-Xplorer Xplorer interface for B&R systems
31.000.007 ibaPDA-Interface-Logix-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Allen-Bradley Logix systems
31.100.008 ibaPDA-Interface-MELSEC-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Mitsubishi MELSEC systems
31.000.030 ibaPDA-Interface-SINAMICS-Xplorer Xplorer interface for SINAMICS drives
31.000.031 ibaPDA-Interface-SIMOTION-Xplorer Xplorer interface for SIMOTION systems
31.000.033 ibaPDA-Interface-SINUMERIK-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Sinumerik 840D sl, 840D pl and 828D
31.000.034 ibaPDA-Interface-Bachmann-Xplorer Xplorer interface for Bachmann M1 systems
31.001.005 ibaPDA-Interface-EtherNet/IP EtherNet/IP communication interface
31.001.010 ibaPDA-Interface-HPCI-DGM200P HPCI-DGM200P communication interface
31.001.011 ibaPDA-Interface-LANDSCAN LANDSCAN communication interface (infrared line scanner)
31.001.012 ibaPDA-Interface-LMI-Gocator LMI Gocator communication interface (laser profile sensor)
31.001.013 ibaPDA-Interface-Raytek Raytek communication interface (infrared line scanner)
31.001.015 ibaPDA-Interface-ibaLogic-TCP ibaLogic TCP communication interface
31.001.016 ibaPDA-Interface-Micro-Epsilon Micro-Epsilon communication interface (scanCONTROL laser scanner)
31.001.020 ibaPDA-Interface-Modbus-TCP-Server Modbus TCP server communication interface
31.001.021 ibaPDA-Interface-Modbus-Serial Modbus serial communication interface
31.001.022 ibaPDA-Interface-Modbus-TCP-Client Modbus TCP client communication interface
31.001.026 ibaPDA-Interface-AN-X-DCSNet AN-X Automax communication interface
31.001.030 ibaPDA-Interface-RAW-Ethernet Raw-Ethernet communication interface
31.001.040 ibaPDA-Interface-S7-TCP/UDP S7-TCP/UDP communication interface
31.001.042 ibaPDA-Interface-PLC-Xplorer PLC-Xplorer interfaces (S7, Codesys, Allen Bradley, B&R, Bachmann, Beckhoff, Sigmatek, Logix, Mitsubishi MELSEC)
31.001.044 ibaPDA-Interface-Drive-Xplorer Xplorer interfaces for drives (SIMOTION, SINAMICS)
31.001.045 ibaPDA-Interface-SCRAM-Net SCRAM-Net communication interface
31.001.046 ibaPDA-Interface-Toshiba-ADMAP JAMI1 Toshiba ADMAP communication interface
31.001.047 ibaPDA-Interface-TC-net Communication interface for Toshiba TC-net network
31.001.055 ibaPDA-Interface-Sisteam-TCPIP Sisteam TCP/IP communication interface
31.001.056 ibaPDA-Interface-TDC-TCP/UDP Simatic TDC TCP/UDP communication interface
31.001.065 ibaPDA-Interface-VIP-TCP/UDP ABB VIP-Protokoll TCP/UDP communication interface
31.001.070 ibaPDA-Interface-EGD Ethernet Global Data Memory communication interface
31.001.075 ibaPDA-Interface-Generic-UDP Generic-UDP/IP protocol communication interface
31.001.076 ibaPDA-Interface-Generic-TCP Generic-TCP/IP protocol communication interface
31.001.080 ibaPDA-Interface-GCOM GCOM für ABB Stressometer communication interface
31.001.090 ibaPDA-Interface-IEC61850-Client IEC61850-Client communication interface
31.001.111 ibaPDA-Interface-OPC-UA-Client OPC-UA-Client communication interface
31.001.112 ibaPDA-Interface-MQTT MQTT communication interface
31.001.220 ibaPDA-Interface-Reflective-Memory Reflective Memory Access communication interface
31.001.350 ibaPDA-Interface-Profinet-CP Profinet CP interface to CP1616 and CP1626
31.001.400 ibaPDA-Interface-IEC61850-9-2 IEC61850-9-2 (Sampled Values) communication interface
Order no.NameDescription
31.001.300 ibaPDA-Request-HPCI HPCI system, HPCI symbolic request channels
31.001.302 ibaPDA-Request-HiPAC Symbolic request channels for Danieli HiPAC PLC
31.001.303 ibaPDA-Request-TwinCAT TwinCAT symbolic request via UDP or ibaBM-eCAT
31.001.310 ibaPDA-Request-S7-DP/PN Simatic S7 system, S7 symbolic request via ibaBM-DP/PN
31.001.311 ibaPDA-Request-S7-UDP Simatic S7 system, S7 symbolic request via UDP, ibaPDA-Interface-S7-TCP/UDP required
31.001.320 ibaPDA-Request-SD Simadyn-D system, Simadyn-D symbolic request channels
31.001.330 ibaPDA-Request-TDC TDC system, Simatic TDC request via FO connection
31.001.340 ibaPDA-Request-X-Pact X-Pact system, X-Pact interface to PROBAS system
31.001.360 ibaPDA-Request-FM458/TDC FM458/TDC system, FM458/TDC request via Profibus
31.001.380 ibaPDA-Request-DTBox-128 Dualis DTBox, 128 signals
31.001.381 ibaPDA-Request-DTBox-1024 Dualis DTBox, 1024 signals
31.001.382 ibaPDA-Request-DTBox-unlimited Dualis DTBox, unlimited number of signals
Order no.NameDescription
30.670.141 ibaPDA-Data-Store-SAP-HANA-64 Writing into a SAP HANA DB; 64 signals 
30.670.142 ibaPDA-Data-Store-SAP-HANA-256       Writing into a SAP HANA DB; 256 signals
30.670.143 ibaPDA-Data-Store-SAP-HANA-1024 Writing into a SAP HANA DB; 1024 signals
30.670.160 ibaPDA-Data-Store-Kafka-16 Writing into an Apache Kafka Cluster, 16 signals
30.670.161 ibaPDA-Data-Store-Kafka-64 Writing into an Apache Kafka Cluster, 64 signals
30.670.162 ibaPDA-Data-Store-Kafka-256 Writing into an Apache Kafka Cluster, 256 signals
30.670.163 ibaPDA-Data-Store-Kafka-1024 Writing into an Apache Kafka Cluster, 1024 signals
30.670.180 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MindSphere-16 Writing into the MindSphere cloud, 16 signals
30.670.181 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MindSphere-64 Writing into the MindSphere cloud, 64 signals
30.670.182 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MindSphere-256 Writing into the MindSphere cloud, 256 signals
30.670.183 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MindSphere-1024 Writing into the MindSphere cloud, 1024 signals
30.671.000 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MQTT-16 Writing into a MQTT broker; 16 signals
30.671.001 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MQTT-64 Writing into a MQTT broker; 64 signals
30.671.002 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MQTT-256 Writing into a MQTT broker; 256 signals
30.671.003 ibaPDA-Data-Store-MQTT-1024 Writing into a MQTT broker; 1024 signals