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by Keith McNeil

Automation features have always been central to PEmicro's Cyclone programmers because of the customization and control they give users over the crucial production programming process. The right features implemented well can result in significant savings of time and money.

To that end, PEmicro included a base set of automation features in our Cyclones, and our Cyclone FX programmers also added several powerful advanced features, such as simultaneous control of multiple Cyclones. But until now our lower-cost Cyclone LC programmers required a separate purchase (the Advanced Control Suite Upgrade License) in order to take advantage of these advanced features. 

But going forward PEmicro has decided to make all of these advanced control/automation features standard with every Cyclone. Cyclone LC users (PEmicro part#s Cylcone-LC-UNIV and Cyclone-LC-ARM) can update their Cyclone software now to immediately add these powerful features at no additional cost. The updated software can be downloaded here: Cyclone LC and Cyclone FX Installation Software.

The advanced features that are now standard for all Cyclones include:

  • Simultaneous (Gang) Control of multiple Cyclones via the USB, Serial, or Ethernet connections
  • Add/Remove/Update multiple images in the Cyclone (Console, SDK, GUI)
  • Program (and Read) Dynamic Data in addition to fixed image data
  • Specify Overlay Program Data
  • Compare images against a SAP file

These features greatly enhance production programming setups by increasing the number of Cyclones that can be controlled simultaneously, improving the ability to add dynamic data, and other extremely valuable options.

Note: One special testing feature that was previously enabled by the upgrade license, "Run Test," allows the user to insert test procedures into their programming scripts prior to the programming step. This feature is now available on the Cyclone FX model only.

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