OPC Router – Industry 4.0 software

Continuous optimisation and automation of your production processes is the crucial factor behind the quality of your products, the efficiency of production as well as the success of your business.

The OPC Router replaces old communication channels – up to complete integration of PLC (programmable logic controllers), PCS (process control systems), SCADA, MES (manufacturing execution systems), SQL servers, label printers, email servers and ERP systems. The OPC Router as the central communication platform offers automated data exchange by integrating all systems and isolated applications from sensor to the cloud.

By acquiring your process data, you have a continuous overview of your production. The possible uses are almost unlimited and can be implemented by you.

We offer you comprehensive training packages for use scenarios and possible applications for your Industry 4.0 production process.

  • Standard interfaces for data exchange

  • The latest middleware for IoT and Industry 4.0 projects

  • Implementation of various connection types using powerful modular plugins

  • Recording of process values, production figures, downtimes and reasons for errors to be used as the foundation of your production optimisation

  • Incident-controlled connectivity between the automated systems

  • Individual connections and transfers are created using a user-friendly graphic configuration

Here you’ll find further information
about the OPC Router and the Plug-ins.

Plug-ins
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OPC to SQL – data exchange
with SQL-databases

Databases are an important source and target for data at the various production levels. Production processes must be provided with ordering information, recipes or machine data. Large amounts of data are generated and must be stored. All this is an aspect of IoT (Internet of Things) and Industry 4.0.

The OPC Router is a middle-software, that connects databases and different sources and thus drives the idea of IoT and Industry 4.0.

Easy implementation and administration maximize remote data access while keeping operating costs low.

  • Setting up machine-to-machine applications

  • Integration and ETL tools for all systems and isolated applications

  • Enables self-controlling production through automated data retrieval

OPC UA – the communication-standard
of industry 4.0

What is OPC UA?

OPC UA is a platform-independent option for communicating between different devices. It is used at all automation levels and enables a range of systems to be connected to one another. OPC UA is therefore treated as one of the most important IoT / Industry 4.0 protocols. See also our article about “What is OPC UA?“. The OPC Router acts as the OPC client software for OPC DA and OPC UA:

  • With the OPC plug-in, you can read and write data points from OPC servers: optimally for industrial data acquisition from every PLC or other device

  • Full performance for your secure communication

  • Transfers are triggered cyclically when data is modified or when bits, counters or limits are exceeded. Bit feedback with successful or failed transfer

  • The OPC Router can act as a data logger machine-to-machine gateway, IoT driver or gateway between PLC and other systems such as ERP, databases or email.n

All advantages

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With the SAP®-plug-in you can easily connect SAP®-systems (as of R/3 4.5)
For more information about the SAP® plug-in, click here

  • Communication takes place on the SAP®-side via standard interfaces or individually created BAPIs, RFCs or IDocs

  • No programming skills are required, the connection is created conveniently via the graphical configuration

  • Link PLC, MES or other systems directly to SAP and save time by avoiding manual data transfer

  • Live view (visualization) of transmitted data

  • Data transfers can be controlled live and historically

  • Diagnostic messages from transfer objects are displayed directly on the object

With the MQTT plug-in of the OPC Router, versatile edge computing and cloud applications can be realized. The OPC Router can receive and send MQTT messages. Due to its integrated JSON functionalities, the data content of the MQTT messages can be ideally processed or generated from other data. For all large cloud platforms, instructions are available for the simple connection of the OPC Router to the cloud:

Emails are still the quickest and easiest option for distributing information to users and integrating it into your existing workflows. With the OPC router you can create emails with any triggers in your system and fill these dynamically with data from various sources.

  • Fault messages, consumption values, production figures and other values from your production are provided in real time

  • Use the SMTP protocol to send e-mails

  • Free definition of e-mail texts with variable fields, filled with information from other data-sources such as PLC (via OPC), databases, ERP / MES systems, …

  • Different types of triggers are sent in emails to control time and conditions

  • The plug-in for ERP-systems ensures data exchange via a web service interface

  • Calling predefined functions after integrating the WSDL-file

  • No further programming is required

The dynamic labelling of products is very easy with the OPC Router. By connecting different printer types, data from production orders can be sent directly to the printers. Supported printer types:

  • Windows printer
    Creating labels with text, barcode, images or graphic elements is very easy with the OPC Router Onboard Label Designer. The variables are occupied at runtime in OPC Router when label printing is triggered.

  • Domino (A-line, A-line plus with CODENET)

  • Generic (freely definable TCP-protocol)

The marking of products is an important task in the production shift. Products, marked with false information, are often rejects and therefore very expensive. The direct provision of information from production databases for printers with the OPC Router instead of manual setup can avoid loss of time and money.

Oder transfer

With the Excel plug-in, data can be easily transferred from and to Excel:

  • Access element for read and write operations

  • Different modes for updating or inserting data into documents
  • Replace manual data entry with automatic data transfer and continue working with your familiar files

automatic recording
  • Quickly reading and processing of large text files

  • Text files in exchange folders of subsystems can be specifically processed and e.g. transferred to databases

  • Integration of existing systems into MES-structure

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