Version 7.7 of Softing’s proven application gateway echocollect offers simplified symbols-import from a Siemens TIA Portal project , a redundant Oracle database connectivity and extended safety standards for the data exchange via OPC UA.
Symbol import from Siemens TIA Portal project
Version 7.7 of Softing’s gateway echocollect allows the use of symbolic names from a STEP 7 project or a Siemens TIA Portal project (Version 13 or 13 SP1) via the newly integrated dataFEED Exporter. Users save time and money in this way because they can avoid the time-consuming manual configuration of data items. The dataFEED Exporter supports the Siemens controller types SIMATIC S7-1200 and -1500 as well as the more mature Siemens controller types SIMATIC S7-300 or -400.
Redundant Oracle database connectivity
echocollect’s integrated native Oracle driver provides a number of new features such as redundancy, balancing of the network load and automatic switchover from the active database to the backup database in case of failure without data loss.
“The support of redundant Oracle database systems for bidirectional connectivity with echocollect offers our customers a high level of security for their data management. This way, the availability of critical applications is significantly increased”, says Vaclav Bouse, Product Manager at Softing Industrial Automation.
More security when exchanging data via OPC UA
Customers that use the OPC UA standard for their process data management will also benefit from enhanced security standards in echocollect 7.7. “Our customers now have the option to use certificates or user name and password for authentication, or to encrypt transmitted data. In this way, echocollect supports the highest possible security during data exchange via OPC UA “says Bouse.