I need to replace a Siemens WinCC SCADA on one production line.
There’s no problem with that and I’m almost finished, except for one part:
Inside the production line, there’s a pipe bending machine for which there is a separate, custom/proprietary software installed (with no source code) on the Panel PC, besides WinCC Runtime.
The software is used for creating/configuring pipe shapes.
Basically, operator inserts steps, necessary for creating required pipe shape and the program draws the shape of the pipe on the screen.
And that 3D view is what I have the problem with…
This 3D view is ONLY for visualization of the pipe. All calculations for servo motors (3 axes), necessary for bending are done in the PLC. The software only transfers the angles, speeds, lengths,… in steps (these are basically recipes) to the PLC and PLC is doing CNC calculations.
The program is written in .NET C# (MS Visual Studio) and was successful in decompiling it, to see, what is going inside.
It uses the .NET component from Exeshot (https://www.devdept.com/).
Now, I’ve succeeded in doing everything in Igniton, except for showing the 3D view of the pipe.
Is there any way that I can show something similar in Ignition? It doesn’t need to be so fancy with all the shadows and lighting… just some basic 3D pipe shape, which it doesn’t even need to rotate in the view, like in the original software.
I was looking on the internet for something like Java 3D library and everything out there requires good Java programming skills, which nobody in our company has.
We are willing to pay if anyone is willing to bite into this apple and provide us with a satisfactory solution.
I can provide the software on the picture if necessary and any other info if required.
EDIT: Oh, and the timeline for this is beginning of May 2018 (the holidays).