Softing integrates an OPC UA Client interface to its dataFEED OPC Suite, thereby simplifying the migration to “Industrie 4.0” solutions.
The new version 4.10 of Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite now provides OPC UA Client functionality and can be used in a variety of OPC UA gateway solutions. Controllers with integrated OPC UA Server, such as controllers of B & R, Beckhoff or the RFID Reader from Harting, can now be easily and cost-effectively integrated into existing OPC Classic environments. According to Andreas Roeck, OPC product manager at Softing, customers can use the dataFEED OPC Suite to initiate a “step by step” implementation of “Industrie 4.0” solutions while incorporating their existing OPC Classic components. “With version 4.10, we provide our customers with a comprehensive solution for simple and cost-effective migration of OPC Classic to OPC UA,” says Roeck. Moreover, the dataFEED OPC Suite offers logger functionality for OPC UA Servers. Process data from a controller with integrated OPC UA Server can thus be stored in a file or database.
Thanks to the new OPC UA Client functionality the dataFEED OPC Suite not only serves as a gateway between OPC Classic and OPC UA applications but also acts as a central gateway between several OPC UA Servers and Clients.
The OPC UA Clients only need to connect to an OPC UA Server or an aggregated OPC UA address space needs to be managed respectively. The built-in security features such as user authentication, including certificates and data encryption meet the highest security requirements and complete the implementation.
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