We just posted the first video in a series of IQANdesign tutorials to
New programming method: Qcode
Qcode is a text-based programming method available on all channels with function. For each function, it is possible to select whether to use Qcode or the classic method Object List.
Qcode makes it easier to implement more complex operations in fewer channels.
New channel type - Finite state machine
Improved state machine with transition conditions, this makes it easier to implement functions like sequence controls.
New component type - Comment
Comments can be placed anywhere in function groups.
New channel type - Array Channel
The array channel is used to store multiple values in a single channel. The stored values can be accessed in other functions by indexing the array. There are also special array functions that perform operations on all values in the array such as finding min, max or average.
Multiple instances open at the same time
Now possible to have multiple instances of IQANdesign open at the same time. Copy and paste works between instances.
Graphic measure on display
Line and bar graph display controls for IQAN-MD4. Used to draw a graph of a channel value over time.
When using an array channel the complete array is drawn as a graph:
Channels can now be made visible in other function groups than its own, either in sub function groups (protected) or the entire application (public). This reduces the need to create FGI's to access channels in other function groups. To make a channel available throughout the application, make it public. When using these as inputs, they will show up with a dashed line.
It is now possible to add PDF files to project files for viewing on IQAN-MD4.
New module type - IQAN-SV
The IQAN-SV is an Ethernet camera which requires minimal configuration. More information will follow.
Improved decoding of J1939 PDU1 (DA)
Added property "Destination address (DA)" to JFIN/JFOUT. The new property is enabled when PGN is in PDU1 range. In previous version, this had to be calculated as part of the "PGN" property.
Resizable object group windows in function inspector
Resize the object groups to make Object List more visible.
New connection type: IQANconnect
A new way to connect remotely via Internet where you pay per connection. The IQANconnect service is available for beta testing, more information on this will follow.
For more details on the IQANdesign 4.00 news, see release notes.
IQANdesign 4.00 is fully compatible with project files created in version 3.
Use check for updates in IQANdesign 3 to download IQANdesign 4.00
A hint is to look through the examples and solution library files that install with version 4, you find them under:
these files have been updated to give examples of the new functionality.
Has there been any thought for creating a block the just decodes the DM1 messages and put them into an array or other object. this could then be used to display the SPN, FMI, and occurrence without having to decode each message and display it. This would be very useful based on the number of DM1 error code that need to be decoded.
There are other software packages that have create block to handle this for both DM1 and DM2 messages. They have incorporated an up/down scroll to scroll thru the faults held in a buffer. You can also clear this buffer but would reload if the engine or other device sends another packet of faults. It also handle all of the status lights that would need to displayed along with any flashing that would be required.
The web store where connection keys can be purchased will be launched during the coming days. A link to the web store will be added to the forum within short. Connections purchased during September will be discounted with 50% with the use of the discount code "IQANCONNECT". The trial period is extended so you can try the service for free by using this license file valid to 30'th of September 2016.
IQAN-G11 Bluetooth adapters are available to order now and you can find more detailed info here:
Instruction book: (link could be temporarly unavailable, will be fixed in the near future)
It would be nice if CANopen and CANopen Safety was implemented in IQAN Design.
We see the need of CANopen Safety as most of the suppliers for components such as CAN sensors are using or are planing to use CANopen Safety as the CAN-protocol for their safety related components (ISO 13849).
Today J1939 and Generic is implemented in IQAN Design. It would be nice if there was J1939, CANopen, CANopen Safety and Generic.
The applications we create use a lot of costumer-dependent values.
We use the MD4/5 screens on our machines, also to adjust values/parameters in the program.
Calibrating our systems takes a lot of time now, simply because of scrolling and searching for the right parameter.
Having sub-groups would speed things up.
Also having those subgroups optionaly password-protected would be a good addition.
The camera must be able to find the middle of 2 lines of plant (vine or sugar beet), and guide to always be in the center.
As on the picture?
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