Has anyone used PACTware? I want to use something that works for any instrument. Thanks
Yes, it can be used a Software tool to configure the different field instruments using a computer from central control room. But be advised that, it would be good to buy a premium version from the respective OEM of your control system.
OEM provides regular updates or patches and it is a must in these cyber attack times on control systems. Check the updates interval also.
PACT ware is a manufacturer and fieldbus-independent software for operating field instruments.
Up to now it was often necessary to use several different manufacturer-specific programs to operate different field instruments to the full extent. This is no longer necessary, because PACTware enables adjustment of any and all field instruments with only one software tool.
PACTware uses a standardised interface between the frame program PACTware and the individual software modules for instrument operation. This interface is known as FDT; the software modules for instrument adjustment are called DTMs. This configuration makes modern and user-friendly adjustment concepts possible because the interface for instrument adjustment is optimally adapted to each instrument.
Furthermore, you can communicate with PACTware not only via HART but also via any standard field bus system. To this end, different so-called “communication DTMs” are available. In PACTware, these instrument and communication DTMs are assembled individually according to the given requirements.
PACTware enables open, comprehensive adjustment of different field instruments via any bus system.
is manufacturer-independent configuration software for all field instruments
is communication, i.e. fieldbus-independent
supports the full range of functions of all field instruments
offers diagnostics and asset management functionality
simplifies setup in automation
is versatile and can be used in different areas of a plant
is prepared for future standards such as e.g. Ethernet
is future ready
is free of charge and can be used by anyone
How is PACT ware different from other engineering tools?
- PACT ware is a lean, efficient tool for parameter adjustment of field instruments
- PACT ware is manufacturer-independent
- PACT ware is fieldbus-independent
- PACT ware is characterised by intuitive adjustment, a high software quality as well as diagnostics and asset management functionality
- If necessary, PACT ware can be equipped with additional functionality via so called “add-ins”
For which fieldbusses is PACT ware suitable?
PACT ware can be implemented in process as well as plant automation. The prerequisite is a bus system that can transmit, apart from actual values (process data), also parameter adjustment data. Communication DTMs are already available for the following fieldbusses and communication types:
- PROFIBUS PA
- Fieldbus Foundation
- Standard communication (RS232)
- Various proprietary networks
Thanks Mike. That’s a lot of good information. Have you used PACTware personally? My interest in PACTware is more for calibrating and configuring HART instruments but it looks like only a handful of brands out there support it? But I wonder how well it works and if its just as easy as using a HART communicator.
Yes, it works like HART communicator. It has similar software windows as like field communicator and provides all information as it is.
You have to install in a pc and connect it to your DCS network. IO modules must be HART enabled cards otherwise it won’t work.
Contact your control system vendor whether they supports this software or not. Browse device files or check version info of the software.