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.
A special feature of the ibaPDA system is the broad connectivity allowing to acquire data from programmable controllers of all common manufacturers. This includes different process signals, such as analog and digital I/O signals, signals from field and drive buses, data from programmable controllers, communication data, product characteristics, etc.
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.
Data can also be written time- based directly from ibaPDA to data bases/clouds. For this pur-pose special data stores subject to licensing are available. The licenses are scaled according to the number of signals. Currently streaming to Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SAP HANA, as well as MindSphe-re, MQTT and Apache Kafka is supported.
The client-server architecture of ibaPDA allows the distribution of configuration, data acquisition, recording and online display to different components.
A special feature of the ibaPDA system is the broad connectivity allowing to acquire data from programmable controllers of all common manufacturers.
The standard function scope of ibaPDA includes an OPC DA client interface. Using the browser function, OPC tags can be conveniently selected and recorded as signals.
The IEC 61850 client interface of ibaPDA allows to acquire and record data from IEC 61850 capable devices. With MMS modules (Manufacturing Message Specification), single attributes or complete data sets can be queried.
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.
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.
By means of the auto-detect function, ibaPDA automatically detects the connected devices and inserts them into the configuration.
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.
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.
By means of arithmetical and logical connections, arbitrary “virtual signals” can be created in an expression editor.
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.
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.
The display can be configured for each user individually using buttons and drag & drop.
With a multi-client solution, online displays independent from each other can be realized on different clients.
When thousands of signals are to be recorded in large systems, there is the risk of loosing track. For better overview, signals from different sources, but related by area of operation, can be combined into any number of signal groups.
ibaPDA can be integrated in a company-wide network management system according to SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). ibaPDA serves as SNMP server and supports the SNMP protocols V1, V2c and V3.
Data can also be written time-based directly from ibaPDA to databases/ clouds.
With the additional license “ibaPDA- Multistation”, several ibaPDA systems can be synchronized via fiber optic cable.