JADE Application Development Environment

Low-code industrial automation,
without compromise

512.456.8468 | contact@sixclear.com

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Overview

How It Works

Features

Plugins

Overview

Low-code industrial automation with intelligent, configurable, communicating plugins

512.456.8468 | contact@sixclear.com

JADE Application Development Environment (recursively acronymed as JADE) is a low-code industrial automation development environment. By carving out high-performance plugins for data acquisition, instrument communication, control & monitoring, data visualization, data storage, and more, JADE has reduced the burden of complex programming down to flexible, intuitive configuration. Plugins can be anything from a simple data publisher to a full-blown controller and are configured in a full-featured editor. Plugins even support a fully intepreted computation language to enable sophisticated, dynamic run-time capabilities. Oh, and simulation mode is a common feature for all hardware plugins so you can flex your system before ever running against live hardware.

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Plugins also communicate with one another: simply declare which plugins should receive data from others and configure how that data should be used. In essentially all cases, both the sending and receiving plugins allow computations to transform the sent and received data. Plugins also have built-in logging and centralized error reporting capabilities. Even custom plugins are easy to build and seamless to integrate. In the end, we've already written all of the irreducible code so that you don't have to. Simply add your plugins and configure them to suite your application.

How It Works

Let's see just how easy it is to create applications with JADE

Step 1: Add Plugins

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Here we see the JADE Manager where we can create and save JADE applications. Right-click on an empty row to explore and insert any number of plugins. The checkbox in the leftmost column indicates whether the plugin should launch immediately when the application is run. Simply save your application as a *.vipa file anytime to recall and run it later.

Step 2: Configure Plugins

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Double-click or right-click and select edit on an existing plugin instance (row) to open a configuration editor. This will open a JADE Editor instance where we can configure the plugin instance's behaviors and abilities. The editor has many features including syntax highlighting, hover documentation, type-ahead completion, zoom, code collapse, auto-formatting, undo/redo, and more. The editor even has checks for valid string values, valid numeric ranges, and syntax errors to help keep your configurations rock-solid.

Step 3: Run Your Application

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Choose Application >> Run Application to run your application. Applications run in a JADE Worker which displays status information for each plugin (leftmost column). Workers also provide run-time control over all plugins in your application. Any plugins configured to open on launch will also show their panels (see step 4 below).

Step 4: Interact With Running Plugins

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With your application running, you can now interact with any of your plugins. Those configured to show their panels on launch will already be open. However you can open any others by simply double-clicking (or right-clicking and choosing Show Front Panel; see step 3 above) on the plugin in the JADE Worker window. And remember, plugins can be as simple as a data acquirer / publisher or as sophisticated as an entire application.

Features

Powerful out-of-the-box capabilities allow composing sophisticated applications quickly

JADE Manager

Exposes features for creating, managing, and running JADE applictions.

  • Run plugins in parallel vs sequentially
  • Update environment preferences
  • Install new plugins
  • Open rich, built-in documentation
  • Enable framework-level logging
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JADE Editor

Captures features for editing and saving plugin instance configurations.

  • Configure all plugin parameters & communication
  • Syntax highlighting & error checking
  • Hover documentation
  • Code collapse
  • Auto-format
  • Undo / Redo
  • Zoom
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JADE Worker

Provides features for managing running applications.

  • Shut down and launch individual plugins or the entire program
  • Open and close plugin interfaces
  • View running plugin configuration
  • View run-time errors
  • Clear run-time errors
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Plugin Interfaces

Plugins can be as simple or as sophistocated as necessary.

  • Interact with running plugins
  • Plugins define their capabilities
  • Plugins may be simple or sophisticated
  • Plugins run independently but can communicate
  • Plugins can be controlled in the JADE Worker window
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JADE Documentation Viewer

Surfaces complete documentation for JADE and all installed plugins.

  • Comprehensive navigation for all documentation
  • Framework docs for getting started
  • Detailed plugin-specific docs
  • Full, filterable plugin parameter descriptions
  • Interactive configuration editor showing plugin defaults
  • Advanced feature coverage (ex. expression language)
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Plugins

Our plugin library makes even complex applications easy and elegant

JADE Application Development Environment (JADE) includes many plugins for graphing, charting, data acquisition, instrument control, and more to help build your next application fast. Below is a glance at some of the more popular plugin categories, however if you're working with hardware from a major manufacturer there's a good chance we have you covered. And we build custom plugins all the time, so if you need a custom interface or control plugin we can help with that too. Reach out for a demonstration today to witness the power firsthand.

Data Acquisition

Control

Monitoring

Charts & Graphs

Data Logging

Data Analysis

Automated Test

Manufacturing

Research & Development

Verification & Validation

Motion Control

Vision & Cameras

Web Connectivity

Bar Code Scanners

And many more...