OPC Router Base System – Main Functions.
The Base System of the OPC Router already offers many helpful functions, such as enabling transfers from within the OPC Router. Furthermore, use of calculations, notes, variables and constants is possible. Data transfers can be executed or prompted. Additionally, various trigger configurations are contained.
Achieve More with Combined Systems
The basic functions contained in the OPC Router Base System can be easily enhanced or modified to establish connections even more quickly and effiziently.
Industry 4.0 with the OPC Router Base System
Networked production is the goal of the OPC Router. The basic functions provide make this even easier. The OPC Router Base offers a good foundation for successful implementation of many useful system plug-ins.
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 OPC Router Base System also contains Transfer Objects:
Constants allow enhancements to fields with constants for transferred data, for instance when the machine ID (number), the plant number and other values need to be read out.
Variables allow saving of data during transfer. Any number of internal variables with different data types can be defined and used in cross-transfer scenarios. Furthermore, several system variables allow output of curent system time stamps (also as UTC).
Reading and processing text files through data transfer objects is possible. The file is compiled as data package. After processing, the object can relocate files into separate folders that are marked “processed”.
The OPC Router Base System incorporates the Time Trigger function, among other important functions.
The time trigger allows prompting of cyclical transfers, or of transfers at any predefined time. As of Version 4.7 recurring time items can be configured to run in cyclical mode.
The OPC Router Base System offers browsing funktionalities, which depends on the object. .
Variables are maintained in a centrale place and can be browsed, when objects are used during transfer jobs.
The output path for processed data can be browsed.
The calculator offers place holder or place marker functions, which can be selected from a list and thus pasted into a formular or calculation. Mathematical calculations available in the list can also be browsed and selected in the same way.
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.