AutomationDirect Launches DirectSOFT5 relay line extension

Cumming, GA --- March 1, 2006 --- AutomationDirect announces the launch of Direct SOFT5 PLC programming software. Direct SOFT5, the 32-bit Windows certified programming software for the entire Direct LOGIC line of PLCs, contains many new features that make ladder logic programming faster and easier.

The most important programming improvement is the addition of “IBoxes”, modularized instructions that perform simple to complex ladder logic. Common tasks such as configuring analog cards, programming equations, configuring CTRIO high-speed counters, or programming an ON/OFF delay timer can require multiple lines of ladder code. Using the IBox reduces these processes to a simple programming block with fill-in-the-blank parameters. Over 60 IBox instructions are available in categories such as memory, discrete and analog helpers, math, communications, and CTRIO high speed counters. The IBox instruction feature is compatible with Direct LOGIC DL05, DL06, D2-250-1, D2-260, and D4-450 CPUs with supporting firmware.

With Direct SOFT5, documentation can be exported to C-more touch panels to use as tag names in the panel project. User Interface Themes allow operators to create a unique look and feel for specific projects. The dockable window feature allows relocation of Cross Reference and Data views. The ability to auto-hide or even tear away views and place them outside the Direct SOFT5 work space optimizes full ladder viewing.

The “Tip of the Day” feature offers simple suggestions on how to learn new features of DirectSOFT5, as well as how to take advantage of short cuts. By default, this feature shows a new tip each time the programming software is opened.

Other new features include customizable point and click editing from the control toolbar, DRUM timers for sequential operations, and automatic backup of the four most recently saved project changes. And, with a properly configured SMTP mail server, PLCs using an Hx-ECOM100 communications card can be enabled by Direct SOFT5 to send emails.

Direct Soft5 is priced at $395 and one package supports the entire line of Direct LOGIC CPUs, eliminating the need for different packages for multiple PLCS. A free version of Direct SOFT5 is available for download at . The free version allows programming and downloading projects of up to 100 words.

AutomationDirect sells over 5,500 feature-packed products through its Online Automation Superstore and 1,750-page catalog. The company offers its customers high-quality automation products at prices well below the industry average, 24-hour order entry with same-day shipping on in-stock items, the best documentation in the industry, outstanding sales and technical support, and a 30-day money-back guarantee on nearly every product. For a free catalog, access their Web site at or call 800-633-0405.


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