Machines and plants usually work as a composite and are coupled to a central data acquisition system, a control room, or a PDA/MES system. OPC stands for Openness, Productivity and connectivity, it is a solution for manufacturer-independent exchange of data, and it is the bridge, established worldwide, from automation into the IT world.
Since the introduction of OPC UA (Unified Architecture) this data interface can be operated directly on the controller without Windows PC. For this, the existing automation solution is simply supplemented with an additional software component, additional hardware is not necessary. For the user of OPC Classic, a high-performance server is available in two expansion stages. Convenient tools are provided for commissioning and configuration.