Collecting and Storing Data
from Industrial Devices
WHY COLLECT AND STANDARDISE DATA FROM INDUSTRIAL DEVICES?
Machine condition monitoring, business process management and production planning can never be optimised without the requisite production and technological data. With many communication protocols used in the industry, reading, storing and processing this data can become complicated. Every device uses its own way of communicating information, resulting in incompatibility issues.
What you need is to:
To be able to perform the above, you need a data standardisation tool that translates disparate communication protocols into a single, universal one. If you want to collect and process your production and technological data successfully, it is essential that you choose the right data standardisation tool at the very beginning, as data collection is a never-ending project that keeps growing.
Using a data standardisation platform that enables you to scale your projects and connect them to other systems is absolutely essential for successful condition monitoring and comprehensive data collection and processing.
One of the most universal protocols is the OPC protocol. It allows for a unified communication interface between PLC systems and higher software applications, such as MES, SCADA HMI, visualisation software, databases and IoT platforms.
How We Go About It
It is important to collect data from disparate systems in an open, standardised way.
Our key tools include the KEPServerEX communications platform from Kepware (PTC), OPC Router from inray, Ewon industrial routers and other systems.
We develop and program our own solutions for devices that do not come with (affordable) software.
The most reliable way. But if requested, we can offer our own solution for wireless data collection via the 868 MHz frequency.
We have extensive experience with popular on-premise/cloud databases.
We have been in the data collection business since 2006 and some of our employees even longer. We have provided software and hardware data collection tools for hundreds of companies and have taught them how to use them.
In 2015, we created a new FOXON department, the FIOT (Factory Internet of Things), which develops comprehensive data collection solutions for our customers. We have come a long way to become a leading supplier of solutions for collecting, processing and storing data from PLCs, CNCs, robots and other systems.
The KEPServerEX OPC communications platform from the company Kepware connects disparate control systems to SCADA HMI applications, databases, the cloud and the IoT. Depending on what devices you want to collect data from, you purchase the necessary drivers. KEPServerEX can read data from hundreds of PLC types, robots and other devices from Siemens, Rockwell, Omron, Fanuc, ABB, Mitsubishi, Allen-Bradley and other manufacturers.
KEPServerEX converts this data to such protocols as OPC UA/DA, OPC HDA, SNMP, MQTT, REST and ThingWorx Native, and stores it to databases or mathematically processes it.
To see if KEPServerEX is compatible with your systems and to try its capabilities, feel free to download the free 30-day trial version.
If KEPServerEX is not suitable for you and you cannot find another feasible solution, we can develop an OPC server for you. Today, you can take advantage of our OPC Server for SEW Devices and our OPC Server for Heidenhain Systems, both of which we have developed for our customers.
While KEPServerEX's main advantage is its capability to collect data from a large number of disparate shop floor devices, OPC Router boasts a variety of interfaces for communication with top floor systems.
If you need to use an OPC UA server, one of the options available is the Ewon Flexy 205 industrial router. Although it is primarily designed for remote access to control systems, it also acts as OPC UA server and OPC UA client, enabling you to read as well as write data. It is compatible with the most popular control systems.