The IoT is a concept that describes the interconnection of various technological, production and IT systems and their data. Today, one of the main obstacles to leveraging the IoT is not insufficient data, but the inability to collect and capitalise on it.
Given the multitude of proprietary communication protocols, how to interface all these different systems? This cannot be achieved without data standardisation. Only then can data be seamlessly exchanged.
First, think about what data you want and who you need to grant access to it.
In general, PLCs, HMIs, robots and other devices provide technological and production data. Technological data includes temperatures in control cabinets, motor vibrations and electric power consumption, while production data covers, for example, the number of pieces produced, the scrap rate and production targets achieved to date.
This shop floor data has to be transferred to higher-level systems, such as MES, SAP, databases, spreadsheets, visualisations and Business Intelligence platforms, and from these systems back down to the factory floor.
OPC Router data connector
Up until now you have had to acquire or develop various communication interfaces to be able to transfer data between disparate systems. The OPC Router is a software program that enables you to interface diverse industrial devices with IT systems, for example machine control systems, printers, readers, email, databases and SAP. In fact, we consider OPC Router's ability to integrate production assets with SAP to be an enormous advantage.
With the OPC Router, you can exchange data automatically – fast, easily and without any programming skills. You can see all data transfers in a user-friendly, graphical form.
Depending on what systems you would like to interconnect, you need a combination of OPC Router plug-ins for that particular data exchange project. This means that you do not have to buy all plug-ins, but only the ones that you really need. The most popular plug-ins include the SAP, the SQL Server, the OPC UA, the MQTT Client and the Heidenhain plug-ins.
Watch our video tutorials in Czech language. Our FOXON technicians explain how the OPC Router works and show how to use it to interconnect the most popular systems, such as OPC UA, MS SQL databases, KEPServerEX, MQTT, email and the S7-1500 PLC. Feel free to explore our YouTube channel.
Who needs data exchange and what for?