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TOP Server connects your various hardware systems to a large variety of industrial automation and control software including but not limited to HMI, SCADA, MES, Historians, and many more via its wide range of standard interfaces including OPC UA, OPC DA, AVEVA (formerly Wonderware) SuiteLink and more.
Support for the OPC standards insures that TOP Server is compatible with any OPC compliant HMI/SCADA, Historian and MES systems, with OPC Interoperability Options for compatibility with certain non-compliant behaviors.
In addition to OPC interfaces and compliance, TOP Server supports the following vendor-specific interfaces:
TOP Server and it's many drivers include a number of flexible and powerful features designed to reduce your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and maximize driver compatibility with the widest range of devices.
The modular architecture and common user interface can lower your training costs. This results from the common methods used in 100’s of different drivers allowing you to learn TOP Server once and quickly apply the same knowledge to other drivers.
The TOP Server configuration interface is one of its key features. It provides you with the ability to quickly and effectively make the connections you require, while providing the flexibility and control you need to optimize your system.
The TOP Server configuration interface uses an architecture that makes it easy to setup both small and large scale projects and to apply learning from one driver to the many other drivers available through common settings across drivers.
TOP Server’s built-in startup and testing tools set it apart. The TOP Server lets you test the communications to your device using the OPC Quick Client and the Communications Protocol Diagnostics at the channel and device levels.
The Event Log shows detailed messages when you are having an issue and the Help files for each driver and the server in general covers what settings are, supported addressing syntax and the meanings of errors logged to the event log to point you in the right direction.
TOP Server is ideal for use in virtually any industry due to its extensive driver list, compatibility with client software applications, flexible features, time-saving configuration and startup/testing tools, Software Toolbox’s extensive experience with applying TOP Server, and Software Toolbox’s responsive support in all phases of your projects.
And certain industries generally have specific communication protocol needs or standards that are commonly implemented industry-wide, so TOP Server has available vertical industry suites that provide bundles of the most common drivers per industry.
Visit our detailed historical matrix of TOP Server Versions and Operating Systems in our knowledge base if you need deeper information than shown below or are trying to determine what version you can run on older operating systems.
32-Bit (x86) and/or 64-Bit (x64) Operating Systems (including Service Packs)
Considerations for 64-Bit Systems:
For best performance, TOP Server guidelines are that hardware should meet or exceed the recommended requirements for the Operating System to be used - we suggest reviewing the recommended requirements for the specific Operating System of the server where you plan to install TOP Server.
In general, though, the machine should have the following at a minimum:
TOP Server is supported on the following virtualization platforms:
If you have a question that is not answered by this Resources area and the tips above, please contact us with your TOP Server specifications questions.
TOP Server online documentation covers how to get started, details on menus and settings, best practices, troubleshooting tools, and more.
HMI/SCADA Specific Application Notes:
We know that sometimes it helps to see someone showing you how to do things. We have a wide range of videos available for TOP Server from short how-to videos to detailed on-demand webinars.
TOP Server includes multiple built-in tools for troubleshooting issues communications to your devices and with your HMI, SCADA and other client applications including:
Additionally, our online troubleshooting flowchart for TOP Server is a good way to step through what might be causing an issue.
Below are application notes that are specific to using OPC UA (DA Profile) client applications with TOP Server's included OPC UA server interface.
Below are application notes that are specific to using AVEVA (formerly Wonderware) software applications with TOP Server via it's OPC and native SuiteLink client-side interfaces.
Below are application notes that are specific to using Rockwell software applications with TOP Server via it's OPC DA interface.
Below are application notes that are specific to using Siemens software applications with TOP Server via it's OPC DA interface.
Below are application notes that are specific to using GE Intelligent Systems software applications with TOP Server via it's OPC DA and native PDB interfaces.
The demo is the full product once licensed. Once a client application connects to the TOP Server, the TOP Server runtime will operate for 2 hours at a time. At the end of the 2 hour demo period, the demo timer must be reset by restarting the TOP Server runtime service.