The Euromap 63 standard is the predecessor to Euromap 77 and defines the data exchange with injection moulding machines via files. With its Euromap 63 plug-in, the OPC Router implements the file handling to the injection molding machine defined in the standard. The Euromap plug-in writes the so-called request files and accepts response files. Processed files are archived. The plug-in of the OPC Router guides the user through the predefined transfer mechanisms.
The plug-in is particularly suitable for the implementation of special Euromap 63 applications, such as recipe and parameter transfers, for which the respective data is specially designed. For the retrieval of standardized Euromap 63 data points, the Euromap 63 driver of the Kepware OPC Server is a good alternative, since the corresponding files are already defined here (previously available for ENGEL, FANUC, Krauss Maffai, Cincinnati Milacron, Sumitomo Demag, TOYO).
Achieve More with Combined Systems
Injection molding machines are often at the heart of production. This is why their full potential needs to be utilized to bring about quality improvements and efficiency increases. The OPC Router plays a vital role in optimizing production procedures by transmitting orders to the machine as well as by reading and retrieving production process values. The Euromap 63 plug-in connects older machines that do not comply with current industry 4.0 standards, to interlink them more effectively and reliably within a company’s specific systems architecture.
Industry 4.0 with Euromap 63
An injection molding machine without cross-linkages to other systems cannot be part of Industry 4.0. The Euromap 63 plug-in can put industry 4.0 non-compliant injection molding machines on your company’s industry 4.0 innovation map. With the OPC Router the connection can be implemented promptly.
About the OPC Router
The OPC Router offers a visual network configuration interface for successful cross-linking of your systems. A high variety of plug-ins turns the OPC Router into a powerful data hub for industrial applications.
Easy configuration, sophisticated monitoring and robustness are main distinguishing features of the OPC Router.
That’s how easy it is.
The transfer object of the Euromap 63 plug-in writes requests files according and receives response files to the Euromap 63 standard. A plug-in instance defines a work file (Workdir) and a session number, and can contain several instruction sets. Per connection, one of the available instruction sets can be selected. In order to create more work directories and/or session numbers, additional plug-in instances can be created.
Command or instruction sets are configured in compliance with machine-specific conditions, machinery and machine operations. The instruction sets present the addressed machine functions.
The Euromap 63 plug-in has no trigger functions of its own but uses the standard trigger functions the OPC Router offers.
The Euromap 63 plug-in allows for configuration of connection scenarios according to selectable commands that are made available in preconfigured command sets.
How do Transfer Objects, Triggers and Browsing work?
The OPC Router establishes connections between systems that address core functions of the OPC Router.
Functions of the respective plug-ins may vary, due to the different nature of each connected system.
Sources and Destinations
Transfer objects are the sources and destinations inside the OPC Router. They contain data fields with read and write functions. Depending on the respective interconnected system, the possible configuration scope of sources and destinations may vary.
Homegeinity on the Outside – Heterogeinity on the Inside
Inside the OPC Router configuration, the transfer object abstracts the respective system of any connected system into a simple data input and data output block. Thus, the functions can be treated in the same way although each connected system has very individual features.
Triggers determine execution time of data connections. Various triggers can be used for these connections, independent of transfer object type. Within each connection, several triggers can be used together via AND/OR-connections. Triggers can also be useful as data sources if the prompting event is combined with data reception.
Searching and Finding Data Fields
Easy browsing also makes data field configuration easy when establishing transfer objects in order to establish the respective interface connection. The browsing mechanisms may vary, depending on the system and its available plug-in.
Reading out Structures
Many plug-ins that are available for the OPC Router offer easy search and selection tools for quick identification of respective data fields without the need for specific knowledge about inherent subsystems. The user can easily browse through the data. Data source structures may vary according to the specification of each respective plug-in.