Connectivity Solutions for Industrial Automation and Controls
With its wide range of machinery, automation, and applications, manufacturing plants face many communications challenges that ultimately affect safety, productivity, and profitability.
Kepware’s KEPServerEX connectivity platform enables users to connect, manage, monitor, and control critical production, facility, and infrastructure data through a standardized communication layer. Its industry-proven platform design allows you to meet the requirements unique to your plant’s manufacturing environment.
Control and Monitor Production
Real-time production control and analysis requires frequent information from all machines and equipment on the plant floor. If you can analyze your production data, you can optimize your line and ensure that your manufacturing systems are operating efficiently. The challenge in gaining and using this data comes from the very nature of the plant floor ecosystem, which often requires the ability to connect and communicate with many different devices from different manufacturers that speak a myriad of languages (or protocols).
KEPServerEX helps you manage data from disparate data sources by providing connectivity to the following industry-leading companies and technology:
- Automation equipment manufacturers, including GE, Mitsubishi, Omron, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, and Siemens
- Protocol initiatives, including Torque Tool, MTConnect, and OPC UA
- HMI, SCADA, MES, and ERP software through OPC DA, OPC HDA, and OPC UA
- Database applications, including SQL, Access, and Oracle
Modern Manufacturing Plants Require Flexible Systems
Standardizing plant floor communications through a connectivity platform enables modern manufacturing plants to quickly implement new equipment and systems based on criteria unique to their specific needs—with minimal effect on existing infrastructure. Designed to streamline the deployment, management, and delivery of information, KEPServerEX simplifies the communications architecture, providing:
- Connectivity to an ever-growing list of devices and applications based on the current and future needs of the Manufacturing Industry
- Support for legacy, current, and future controllers’ firmware and operating systems
- Industrial-strength solutions rigorously tested to withstand the most demanding industry requirements, including tools to support fault-tolerant redundant environments
Leveraging the Plant Floor Information throughout the Enterprise
Decision making requires current, accurate, and detailed information. With access to real-time plant floor data, you can identify, respond, and resolve maintenance issues and problems before they impact productivity. The challenge comes in securely gaining access to frequent, robust, and reliable real-time and historical information.
Kepware’s solutions enable visibility into process, product, and asset data across the factory to all levels of the connected enterprise by providing:
- Direct, simultaneous connections to all required clients, including ERP, MES, HMI, SCADA, Mobile, Big Data, and IoT platforms
- A unique platform architecture that can scale for applications with one protocol, one device, and one data point to hundreds of protocols, thousands of devices, and millions of data points
- Secure, authenticated, and encrypted communications from client to device across various network topologies
Decision Making From Shop Floor to Top Floor
Kepware’s industry-endorsed software solutions help companies improve operations and decision making throughout all business levels.
The Advanced Tags plug-in for KEPServerEX enables Machine to Machine (M2M) tag linking, logic, and math functions for operational communications and analysis. It can link two data tags, set a trigger based on logical states, and calculate new values from raw measures. Executing math, logic, or analysis at the communication platform level brings data closer to the source.
The DataLogger plug-in can collect any data gathered by KEPServerEX and log it to an ODBC-compliant database like SQL, Oracle, and Microsoft (MS) Access. It provides rapid selection of data tags, advanced triggering, and store and forward capabilities.
Industrial Data Forwarder for Splunk
The Industrial Data Forwarder for Splunk plug-in for KEPServerEX streams real-time machine and sensor data into the Splunk software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze, and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors, and mobile devices.
LinkMaster acts as a bridge between OPC servers, OPC-enabled applications, and legacy DDE products. It has the ability to link tags both through different OPC servers and within the same OPC DA server—bridging data between plant floors, production lines, and beyond.
The Local Historian plug-in for KEPServerEX moves data collection, storage, and access closer to the data source to prevent data loss and improve operational efficiencies via open access and a single product solution. It provides businesses a simple, cost-effective solution for data collection and storage challenges.
Manufacturing Suite for KEPServerEX
The Manufacturing Suite for KEPServerEX provides the largest selection of manufacturing-based protocols with over 100 of the most common drivers found in the Manufacturing Industry. The drivers cover protocols from manufacturers (like Rockwell Automation, GE, Siemens, Mitsubishi, and Omron), open standards (like Modbus, Torque Tool, and MTConnect), open standard interfaces (like OPC DA, OPC UA, and OPC AE), user-configurable and custom drivers, and many more.
RedundancyMaster and the Media Level Redundancy plug-in for KEPServerEX establish a reliable and high availability communications layer for monitoring and controlling your automation processes. RedundancyMaster increases reliability by marshalling redundant pairs of communication servers; the Media Level Redundancy plug-in establishes a redundant connection to a single device or a pairing of two devices.
Secure Information Tunneling
OPC UA tunneling uses a client/server architecture to transfer data over the internet, WAN, or LAN. The OPC UA Client driver for KEPServerEX creates a secure, authenticated connection through firewalls and complements existing internal OPC DA connectivity.
The Security Policies plug-in for KEPServerEX allows administrators to assign security access permissions on individual objects (such as channels, devices, and tags) based on the role of the user interacting with the runtime project.
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