Paragon TNT process management software serves a wide range of industrial process monitoring and control applications, from operator HMIs (Human-Machine Interfaces) to complex plant-wide SCADA (Scan, Control, Data Acquisition) and information management systems.
Paragon provides a peer-to-peer client/server technology by distributing application functions into multiple servers (those functions which acquire, generate, or store data) and multiple clients (those functions which utilize the data for display or presentation).
This modular design allows client and server subsystems to function independently, or in any combination, to form a fully integrated system, on a single station or distributed across a network. New client and server subsystems can be added without impacting the existing implementation, providing Paragon with the scalability required to expand as process applications grow.
Paragon is made up of six client subsystems and five server subsystems.
The server subsystems include:
Process I/O (PIO) Server manages communications between Paragon and your plant floor I/O hardware.
Continuous Strategy (CS) Server guarantees the on-time execution of critical process algorithms.
Data Manager (DM) Server manages historical and real-time process data which is acquired or generated by other subsystems.
Application Manager (AM) is the nucleus of Paragon. It is the launch pad for entering all the subsystem builders and for executing Runtime.
OpenControl (OC) performs high-speed sequential control for applications, similar to PLCs.
The client subsystems include:
Operator Interface (OI) Client provides the graphical display of real-time and historical process data generated by server subsystems.
Quick Reports Client allows you to generate a variety of common process reports without programming.
Recipes Client manages process recipes in order to change or save the values of designated function elements during runtime.
ActiveX (OLE) Controls allow you to integrate Paragon with any ActiveX-compliant third party applications, for example, with an operator interface developed in Visual Basic.
Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) Client lets you integrate any third party application that supports the DDE protocol.
Engineer Interface (EI) Client provides online diagnostic and display tools to easily test, debug, and optimize applications.
Server and client functions can execute in the same computer, or in separate computers linked by a high-speed LAN. Because client and server subsystems can be transparently distributed across network nodes, there are no limitations to the size or complexity of your application. Real-time data generated by any server on the network is available to any client on the network through Paragon's Common Resource Access (CRA) layer.
Paragon's client and server subsystems provide high quality and reliability by always capturing the most critical process events (such as alarms), even if less critical events (such as report generation) occur simultaneously. Data integrity is assured by maintaining only a single copy of each process value throughout the entire system. In addition, a unique system of quality tagging marks suspect data in your historical archives.
Paragon also provides open links to third party software, such as relational databases, spreadsheets, and statistical analysis packages. This allows you to seamlessly integrate Paragon's subsystems with your existing software systems.
By combining Paragon's different client and server subsystems, you have the flexibility to select the exact functionality you need for your application.
Benefits of Paragon
If your application calls for more than just an HMI, and you really want to manage your process, Paragon is the right tool for the job. Its peer-to-peer and network architecture client/server design deliver data integrity and system reliability. Server modules generate and store all critical real-time and historical data, while high-speed client modules use the server data to present information to people and other systems. Built-in mechanisms allow data exchange with third-party applications through OPC, DDE, ActiveX, communications standards, and programming languages.
Reliability by Design
- Accurate representation of process data
- View, control, and analyze data when you need it
- Increased productivity
- More efficient plant performance
- More efficient data transfer and collection
- Simplified implementation of hybrid applications
- Concurrent engineering, which allows engineers to work on application development simultaneously
- Reduce development time
- Scalable and expandable
- Leverage technology and cost advantage of PCs
- Lower cost and complexity of process control
- Reduce development and startup costs for hybrid applications
The pay-as-you-grow approach assures maximum return on minimum investment. Paragon's architecture scales to exactly fit your application requirements. And Paragon won't falter as you expand your application. You can reconfigure functional modules or add new ones, as needed, where needed, without disrupting operations.
A free evaluation version of Paragon 5.5 is available for download at nematron.com/Demos.