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FactoryLink - Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition Solutions

Distribution of real-time information throughout the enterprise and the supply chain is the key to ensure that the right decisions are made at the right time.  FactoryLink is a multi-user real-time SCADA solution that collects critical information from plant floor devices and distributes the data to decision makers on demand.  Designed specifically for Windows operating systems, FactoryLink is built on Microsoft Windows DNA multi-tier architecture, and is the first SCADA system to make full use of the advantages that this standard offers. 

Tecnomatix FactoryLink software provides the process knowledge and control needed to perfect the products companies make and the processes they manage.  FactoryLink monitors, supervises, and controls processes in a variety of industries.  It is highly scalable and can be used to build the simplest Human-Machine Interface (HMI) systems as well as the most complex and demanding Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Typical Applications

  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) 
  • Human-Machine Interface (HMI) 
  • Control Center Monitoring, Tracking, and Control 
  • Building Automation and Security 
  • Electrical Substation Monitoring 
  • Pipeline Monitoring and Control 
  • Transportation Control Systems 
  • Batch Process Monitoring and Control 
  • Continuous Process Monitoring and Control 
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) 
  • Telecommunications 
  • Discrete Manufacturing 
  • Machine monitoring and control 

Based on an Open Software Bus Architecture

  • FactoryLink supplies a standard framework that can be used to build vertical applications in a large variety of industries.
  • The Open Software Bus provides a global, real-time database
  • All tasks (programs) have access to all real-time data
  • Exception processing is performed by the real-time database
  • High-speed, bi-directional block transfers between tasks and the real-time database assure maximum speed and performance


  • Graphics, Trending, and Reports 
  • Alarms and Events 
  • Historical Data Logging and Browsing 
  • SQL Server 2000, Oracle, Sybase, ODBC support 
  • Power SQL 
  • Networking and Redundancy 
  • Math and Logic 
  • OPC or device-specific interfaces for PLCs, RTUs, etc. 
  • General Purpose Interfaces and Custom Tasks 
  • Recipes 

 Key Features and Benefits of FactoryLink 

  • Built-in redundancy ensures data integrity between two applications in the event of an equipment failure, so there is less risk. (This functionality requires the purchase of backup servers.) 
  • A development methodology and strategy saves system design and development time
  • Includes a powerful tool that makes debugging and testing an application faster and more efficient
  • Built-in native support for Oracle and Sybase ensures connectivity to popular relational databases
  • Distributed with SQL Server 2000, so users don´t need to purchase another database if they don´t have one already
  • An enhanced communications interface that supports scaling, data conversion, and a variety of statistical calculations
  • The system includes an enhanced OPC Client that eliminates the need to purchase a proprietary Device Interface in many systems, so costs are kept at a minimum
  • A Starter application is included to speed the development of the application and reduce Total Cost of Ownership
  • FactoryLink is based on standard technology, so it´s easier to maintain and personnel costs are lower

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. And the price is scalable too, so users can select the size system they need at an affordable price.


Windows 2000® and Windows XP®, with remote access via Windows Terminal Services or new FactoryLink Web Service using .NET, Microsoft Web Services, HTTP, and SOAP.

Distributed Architecture 

FactoryLink has a multiple-user, multi-tier client/server architecture. Connectivity between clients and servers is provided via LAN, WAN, dial-up connection, or through the Internet. Systems can even be set up to allow remote users to access the system on their pocket PCs through Windows Terminal Services, so they are always aware of the latest information. Application servers are responsible for all data processing.

 FactoryLink Server and Client Components 

FactoryLink servers include:

  • Real-time Database, Alarm Logger, Scaling, Deadbanding, Math and Logic, Timers, Counters 
  • Virtual Real-time Networking and Redundancy 
  • OPC Client, DDE 
  • Database Browser, Logger, and Historian 
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 included 
  • ODBC, PowerSQL, Native Oracle®, and Sybase® 
  • File Manager, Report Generator, Batch Recipe 
  • Real-time Database Browser and Debugger Tool 
  • Starter Application pre-configured for redundancy 
  • Each FactoryLink server includes one local FactoryLink CAL 

FactoryLink clients include:

  • Client Builder Windows-compatible tool used to build and run graphical user interfaces 
  • Client Builder includes Microsoft VBA for customization purposes 
  • Configuration Explorer to configure server 
  • OPC Server Access (to connect third-party OPC Client to the FactoryLink Server) 
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Client Access License 
  • Starter Client Application provided to "jump start" application development 
  • WebClient, Graph, and Application Editor for visualization and maintenance of user interfaces for ECS Graphics (used in FactoryLink 6.6 and older applications) 
For more information, contact Davis Inotek by calling 1-800-492-6767 and ask to speak with your Sales Representative (if in Texas, Oklahoma or Louisianna).   For other geographic areas, consult
USDATA's website for your Tier One Partner.


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