HMS Industrial Networks has extended the functionality of the Anybus X-gateway family with an OPC Server. The new feature connects PC based OPC-Client applications through standard Ethernet networks and the X-gateway to all major fieldbus networks. The OPC server comes with the X-gateway at no extra cost. Anybus X-gateways interconnect almost any two industrial networks and provide a transparent pass for I/O data and parameters between the two networks. The new OPC connectivity feature is available for 19 industrial Ethernet to fieldbus versions of the X-gateway family with over 50 combinations to choose from. Typical applications include OPC-based SCADA systems with remote visualization and control.
HMS extends the functionality of the Anybus X-gateways with a OPC Server
The Anybus OPC Server enables any PC-based OPC DA client application to access data of distributed field devices located in a fieldbus network without the need for a PCI fieldbus interface card. The connection between the PC in the control room and the field devices in the plant is established through existing Ethernet networks and the Anybus X-gateway. In this instance, the X-gateway functions similarly to a fieldbus PCI interface card. While the PCI card is located inside the PC in the control room, the X-gateway can be located directly on site and the expensive fieldbus cabling between the production line in the plant and the control room is eliminated. This saves installation cost and improves flexibility.
The Anybus OPC server supports OPC Data Access (DA) v1.0, 2.05, 3.0. Key features include access to process data, an OPC tag editor and an online viewer/editor with read/write access to tag data. The Anybus OPC server is tailor-made for use with the Anybus X-gateways and PCI cards and is included for no extra cost. In addition, it is available for download from the HMS website.
The Anybus X-gateway family from HMS Industrial Networks is based on the proven Anybus communication modules. Embedded into a handy metal housing, the modules form an intelligent link between two industrial networks. The X-gateway family consists of 180 different versions and thus can interconnect all popular fieldbusses such as Profibus, DeviceNet and CANopen or connect these fieldbusses with the new Industrial Ethernet standards, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Modbus-TCP and EtherCAT.
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