QAxis is a new stage automation software product from AVW Controls Ltd.

QAxis allows us to offer off the shelf Omron PLC hardware to be used with our software.

The QAxis interface allows the operator to see all relevant cue, axis, group and edit information at the same time and allows very quick change from the running environment to the editing environment. After years of experience with Impressario, AVW have picked up on the various requests and suggestions that have come from the real theatre world and have implemented them in our new QAxis software.

  • Thousands of Cues
  • Standard Omron PLC Hardware
  • Patchable Axis
  • Easy Cue Programming
  • Six groups programmable on a cue by cue basis.
  • Single Axis controller for immediate control of any axis
  • Manual control page
  • All cue, axis and system information readily displayed

AVW were already using Omron Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) for their bespoke control systems and so it made sense to use Omron PLCs as the main hardware. QAxis uses the proprietary Omron Host Link Protocol to communicate with the PLCs. In addition, the flexibility offered by using standard off-the-shelf Omron PLC hardware means that the hardware can be as complex or as simple as it needs to be to get the job done.

The QAxis software has been written using Microsoft’s latest VB.Net (2017 VB 15.0) and uses object-orientated programming techniques to write, save, edit and read cue and axis data. This makes for a very efficient processing environment.

QAxis has had its first project with the UK tour of Jersey Boys and will get its second outing with Phantom of the Opera in Sao Paulo in the summer of 2018

For more information about Omron Host Link Protocol click here

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