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Define WorkBench

Simple software to program your Zen series device

Define WorkBench is a fully featured configuration and data viewing program, compatible with all Zen series control stations, including the Nimbus, Zen Datalogger, Zen RTU/U, Zen RTU/R and Zen IoT Gateway as well as legacy ZEN-16's. A software update supporting our new  device is also soon to be released.

N.B. WorkBench 2.3.14 is only compatible with legacy ZEN-16 firmware 2.0.0 and later. WorkBench 1.2.15 is also available. Please select the correct version when you receive the download link.

New Feature!

NEW Simulation Mode

Simulation Mode allows you to simulate any Zen unit:

  • Demonstrate or experiment with configuration settings
  • Configure inputs, outputs, setpoints and more
  • View a demo data log
  • Save and export your simulated configuration

All without connecting to a physical unit!

This feature enables a support agent to mirror your application, troubleshoot your setup, then email you the correct configuration, for fast remote assistance with no need to courier the product back and forth.

Simple to Use

Packaged in a user-friendly, uncluttered design, WorkBench offers a simple interface for setting up and scaling input and output channels, and configuring setpoints and totalizers.

Dynamic Help Panel

Dynamic Help Panel

The dynamic help panel tracks your setup progress, and unobtrusively presents wiring diagrams, explanations, and examples of use.

Not sure what a feature is for or how to configure it? Simply click on the control button, text box or label, and all of the information that you need will appear in the panel on the right.

Data Log Visualization

Make the most of the Zen Datalogger's powerful logging features with the WorkBench Data Viewer. This feature enables you to to easily view, graph and download your logged data for easy analysis:

  • View a line graph, a distribution graph, or tabulated data 
  • Customize which channels are displayed
  • Export data to CSV for further processing

Expand Functionality with Plugins

WorkBench offers a range of flexible features to suit a wide variety of applications. Free plugin modules are also available, to further expand the functionality of your Zen:

  • The Modem Plugin enables wireless connectivity with your Zen, including remote access, SMS/email alerts, and scheduled data log emails.
  • The Remote I/O Plugin allows a Zen to mirror the analog and/or digital inputs and outputs of a second field Zen device at a remote location.

Versatile Setpoint Modes

WorkBench offers a wide range of setpoint modes with simple selectable data source, and configuration options for either Alarms or On/Off controls.

Get Define WorkBench

Define WorkBench V2.3.14, 27-Oct-2017 | (47.8MB)
General Specifications
Skill level
Suitable for most users with an entry level understanding of control systems.
Current version
V2.3.14 (Last updated 27-Oct-2017)
System Requirements
Operating system
Windows 7/8/10
Requires the .NET framework (pre-installed on most computers – the installer will prompt you if .NET 2.0 is not detected on your computer). Download .NET 2.0


Define WorkBench 2.3.14 Release Notes

Date of release:

System requirements:
Operating system: Windows 7/8/10.
Platform: .NET 2.0 framework.

This 2.x.x version can coexist on the same computer with the earlier 1.x.x releases.

- Support for cloud providers: Azure, DeviceWise, Watson, Cayenne.
- Live input value now displays 'Sensor error', 'Memory error', 'Over range', and 'Under range'.
- WiFi and Ethernet module firmware versions.
- Digital input global active state for Nimbus and ZenIoT.
- Alerts tab for supported plugins.
- Xively custom fields dialog to check/alter values before posting to Xively.
- Notification of newer plugin version with option to update while retaining custom plugin configuration.
- MQTT status info in cloud tabs.
- Validate On/Off values for setpoints (control mode).
- Device error checking and recovery from Overview tab.
- Warning dialog before switching/updating plugins.
- Location info on WiFi and Modem tabs.
- Custom macro loading from the Plugins tab.
- Disable daylight savings option on the Logging tab.
- Time sync now also programs the device with the Month/Day format as well as the UTC offset obtained from the OS settings.

- Modem connection tab.

- Incorrect Nimbus Relay A wiring diagram.
- Hide 'Unit' field in expandable live view for Relays and Setpoints.
- Selecting 'Telit' as a mobile service provider caused the country to switch to Australia.
- Help always referred to device as 'ZEN-16' even when connected to other devices.
- WiFi channel change in AP mode restarts WiFi to apply the change.
- Deleting a plugin and then reinstalling the same one didn't refresh the data in the modem tab until a reconnection took place.
- Connect tab help auto scrolls.
- Macro version parse bug when regional settings use comma as decimal point.

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