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.
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 shop floor devices, OPC Router boasts the ability to transfer data in the OPC format to a wide range of higher systems. These include SAP, barcode readers, printers, various databases and other 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.
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