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Overview of MindConnect Software Agent

MindConnect Software Agent is a virtual representation of the MindConnect firmware which can be installed on Windows 10 system which supports Hyper-V and also can be installed on Linux systems which supports Docker.

Note

The online and offline firmware updates from V3.5 to V3.6 for MindConnect Software Agent are not supported. To update the firmware, you need to uninstall MindConnect Software Agent V3.5 current version and install MindConnect Software Agent V3.6 latest version manually using MindConnect Software Agent InstallShield setup.

Requirements

The following prerequisites apply to install MindConnect Software Agent on a Windows PC or IPC and Docker in Linux:

Operating system Windows Linux
Supported versions Windows 10 with Hyper-V support (e.g.Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise) Linux (Debian 10.8 (buster))
Supported architecture Intel 64 (amd64)
Disk space 8.5GB 1.5GB
Necessary applications - dialog
- docker
- docker-compose
- xz
Time synchronization Automatic time synchronization of the host should be switched off so that the MCSA Docker container can synchronize the system time with MindSphere server time.
MCSA Docker containers
RAM 2GB 4GB
CPU cores 2
Disk space 2GB

Note

From the version MindConnect Software Agent V03.06.00.00, the following are the recommended requirements: - Memory: mininum 4GB RAM. - Disk space needed: 15GB.

Features

The following features are supported with MindConnect Software Agent:

Windows Linux
* Install Shield based setup * Shell script based Linux installer
* MindConnect Nano core functionality, except USB stick support * Dialog based configuration script for managing MCSA Docker containers
* MindConnect Edge Analytics
* Local web UI * Local web UI
* Onboarding support * Onboarding support
* Shows current device status and information * Shows current device status and information
* Diagnosis support includes download of diagnosis, log, and system files * Diagnosis support includes the download of diagnosis, logs and system files and cloud connection check
* Manual firmware update * Manual firmware update
* Factory reset * Factory reset
* Log file upload control * Log file upload control
* Change system time support * Change system time support
* Localization in English and German * Localization in English and German
* Supported protocols * Supported protocols
* S7 * S7
* OPC UA * OPC UA
* Modbus TCP * Modbus TCP
* Rockwell (Ethernet/IP CIP) * Rockwell (Ethernet/IP CIP)
* System information * System information
* S7+ 1 * S7+ 1
* Fanuc Focas 1 * Fanuc Focas 1
* Sinumerik 1 * Sinumerik 1
* IEC61850 1 * IEC61850 1
* MTConnect 1 * MTConnect 1

Note

  • To use these (1) protocols, you need version MindConnect Software Agent V03.06.00.00 b008 and "MC Advanced package".
  • Currently Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browsers are supported only.

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Last update: July 29, 2022