Now if ABB and Seimens can only get down off their high horses? Ridiculous prices for software for a start.
I avoid both brands like the plague when they say how much their software is, unforunately its there distributors salesman that looses the sale. I was trained on both brands and got sick and tired of keys and security on their software.
Especially when the key was a so-called uncopyable fragile 3 1/2 floppy.
Tom, I'm wondering if you meant to say AB, as in Allen Bradley from Rockwell Automation, which manufacture a range of PLCs and VSDs rather than ABB which make VSDs and other power technologies for industry?
Yes, you are correct Rob, the software licence I purchased for AB PLCs, RS5000 produced by Rockwell Software for use with AB Control Logix range of PLCs cost me around $4k and it is only mono OS platform as well.
Guess which one it is that I need to continually keep a current live version of VirtualBox to run this software?
I bought it a few years back now and is well out of date and would not be looking forward to shelling out more money to have it upto date. To make it a bit safer from being a software only licence I have it in a USB security dongle. That allows me to operate it from more than one computer. I just need to make sure I don't loose the silly thing now
As Tom infers, Open Source, love it, and it seems to be a thriving business model. Many who have worked in the traditional business world find it difficult concept to grasp in terms of making any money from it, I am sure.
Tom, I still have some of those 3½" floppies with the activation codes for the older RS500 software for SLC-500 range. A total PITA, but I was able to get around the complex and tricky copy protection and made a few backups, for myself only of course
Hence my desire to utilise the micro-controller these days in my industrial applications when it is appropriate. Did I mention your nice Quub design there Rob?
Like Rob, I am also making
, I mean new shiny R&D area for our pursuits. New floor is being laid next week as soon as I finish building this current PLC replacing Arduino project.
I haven't bought anything new for a while, I'm setting some money aside for Quub and looking forward to developing with it. Bugger, I mentioned it again?
Anyhow, Rob, that MIG-150 is looking very attractive in its green and black colour.