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INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 45 OPC UA | product spotlight Developer toolkit The software toolkit enables industrial software systems to communicate with each other regardless of platform, operating system, or size. The Matrikon FLEX OPC Uni- fied Architecture (OPC UA) software development kit (SDK) is suitable for applica- tions where minimal memory and processing resources are common. It can be used by discrete and process industry manufacturers, commercial customers, and automation original equipment manufacturers. It will be a main com- ponent of the company's connected plant. With its "server/client in a box," the kit is a method of implementing OPC UA products without requiring development personnel to be OPC UA experts. It is the only toolkit that developers need to maintain, update, and use all products and is a way to deploy Indus- trial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity across a product portfolio. It runs on systems from resource-constrained embedded platforms to PC-based applications. Honeywell Process Solutions www.honeywellprocess.com OPC suite A new version of the dataFEED OPC Suite with REST Connector and sup - port for NoSQL databases is now available. The REST Connector allows data from automation networks to be integrated into applications supporting REST protocols. Data may originate from a variety of sources, including control systems from leading manufacturers or OPC UA or OPC Classic servers. With the support of write access to NoSQL databases, such as MongoDB, the suite is suited for IoT and Industry 4.0 applications. REST protocols are used in particular for communication with cloud-based applica- tions, such as the production performance manager of Bosch Software Innovations. NoSQL databases enable high-performance processing of very large amounts of data. They are thus often the basis for advanced analysis methods (big data analytics), which can be used for predictive maintenance. The suite has a full package of components for OPC and IoT cloud communication within a single product. In addition to the integrated REST interface, the MQTT gateway and OPC UA support enable integration of legacy and new controllers into cloud solutions, such as Microsoft Azure or IBM Bluemix. The graphical user interface with intelligent, practice- oriented default settings and intuitive user guidance facilitates system integration. Softing https://company.softing.com Data hub The Cogent DataHub software includes support for OPC UA and streaming video. Version 8.0 of the hub can connect and integrate data for most industrial systems, ranging from legacy equipment to Industry 4.0 and IIoT systems. OPC is a series of stan- dards for connecting industrial hardware and devices with human-machine interfac- es (HMIs) and other software. OPC Classic has millions of installations established over twenty years. OPC UA was introduced to expand the domain of OPC beyond tradi- tional industrial applications, and to provide improved networking and security. The latest version of the Cogent Data- Hub fully integrates OPC UA as one of its standard protocols, along with OPC DA and other industrial protocols to support OPC networking, OPC server-server bridging, ag- gregation, data logging, redundancy, and web-based HMI. Capable of handling more than 50,000 data changes per second, the hub is also integrated with the company's SkkyHub to network live data from any lo- cation. It enables bidirectional IoT-based su- pervisory control, integration, and sharing of data with multiple users. Skkynet Cloud Systems https://skkynet.com Connectivity software The KEPServerEX version 6.1 connectivity software is an evolution of version 6 that strengthens the industrial connectivity plat- form's core server functionalities to support operational intelligence and the develop- ment and deployment of IIoT solutions. Im portant updates include an enhanced OPC UA client driver, expanded configura- tion application programming interface ca pabilities, and connectivity mapping. Version 6.1 includes OPC UA client driv er updates and Siemens Plus Suite. Us- ers now have full access to controllers with embedded OPC UA servers. For example, users with S7-1500 controllers or next- generation B&R devices can access their data using OPC UA connectivity. Updates to the OPC UA client driver include sup- port for OPC UA Nano profile servers, as well as complex data types. Kepware www.kepware.com

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