Users of B&R's APROL process control system can now enjoy more of the benefits provided by OPC UA. An OPC UA server and OPC UA client are now available directly on APROL's Linux-based runtime servers to allow open, vendor-independent communication.
All APROL variables that make the OPC UA server available to other OPC UA clients via read or write access can be defined through a simple selection process. All data points that should be linked can be easily selected via integrated browser functionality for the OPC UA client. Important attributes such as read or write access are made available automatically.
- Integration on the runtime server
- Direct data exchange
- Flexible communication
Through the integration in the CaeManager engineering tool, B&R uses OPC UA to provide a totally new dimension of open communication. Easy-to-use functions for data access support the configuration of gateway variables. The entire process image for the system is available to the OPC UA server and client via read and write access based on the runtime server process data.
Motor management and control units, compact OPC controllers and other devices can directly exchange all important operating, service and diagnostic data with the OPC UA client. In addition, an OPC UA server can be used to connect any number of HMI panels or SCADA systems to the APROL process control system.
Communication can also be set up between APROL runtime servers. This is not only possible within a project, but also between different APROL systems with a different software version.