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Thread: Johson lon tool

  1. #1
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    What is the Johnson lon programming tool called in Johnson laguage, I assume it will accept plug ins, and how does it compare to Lonmaker. I need to bring over some Distech data bases and use the Johnson software (am a new employee) but our office has not done much lon I don't think.

  2. #2
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    MCL Tools is what Johnson uses, Distech plug-ins work fine. Johnson sells blue painted Distech boxes as their own.

    I've never had the chance to try out Lonmaker, I assume it's the same end result.

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    MCL Tool pretty much is LonMaker with a Blue label. There is a small difference between Distech labeled controllers and JCI labeled controllers; they have different manufacturer IDs in the program id. Other than that, everything is identical as far as I can tell. As long as the versions of LNS are compatible, you can bring a LonMaker database into MCL Tool and vica-versa. The only caveat is that the Visio stuff may not transfer as cleanly.

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    You may want to look at the M-Tool disk and check out Comm Pro.
    From what I remember, the MCL Tool is used with an M3 workstation. I don't think it works without M3. OK

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    MCL Tool and M-Tools are completely different. MCL Tool does not need M-Tools or M3.

    I don't think you can even put a LON database created with MCL Tool on a M3 workstation.

  6. #6
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    This is what I have read from JCI.

    Metasys® system Connectivity to LONWORKS® network (MCL) is a set of software components designed to allow the M3 Workstation to communicate with the LONWORKS network. Through workstation applications, users have access to the network of LONMARK® compliant controllers. The central component for accessing the network is the LONWORKS Network (LN) OLE for Process Controls (OPC) Data Access server.

    OK

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