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Industrial Automation: PLC Connectivity

Take a look at a typical modern production line or industrial process and you will find many different kinds of control systems. The sheer diversity and complexity of such systems can create some real challenges for control engineers and IT managers alike.

As the network grows over time, this often leads to a disjointed and sprawling architecture where communication is difficult and inefficient. We are able to offer a wide range of PLC-related products to address this. 

Please click on the links below to be taken to the relevant products for your requirements.
 

Data Management Tools

Providing process data to higher-level systems

The "echo" range provides a solid basis for modern process data management systems. Process and manufacturing data are passed on directly to a higher level management system via echocollect’s diverse interfaces – and all this without intervening in existing controller systems.

echocollect e

  • Integration of existing systems in new quality assurance systems
  • Direct production connection to weak point analysis
  • Database & ERP connection to SAP, Oracle, dB2, MySQL, MS-SQL
  • Open data communication via OPC
  • Support for variety of controller systems (Siemens, Rockwell, Scheider, Beckhoff, ABB...)

echocollect e is an industrial multi-protocol gateway providing a modern process data management solution. It offers bidirectional real-time connectivity between PLCs and databases, and direct OPC UA and OPC Classic connectivity. Its functionality includes both local data logging and direct integration of data into IoT cloud applications via MQTT.

Connects Ethernet and serial PLCs with databases, enterprise systems, and clouds

echocollect r/m

echocollect is an industrial multi-protocol gateway providing connectivity for over 50 PLC types to SQL databases, enterprise systems such as SCADA and MES, and clouds such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and IBM Bluemix.

echocollect offers bidirectional real-time connectivity integrating PLCs with SQL databases, direct OPC UA connectivity, and direct cloud connectivity using MQTT.

echocollect r/m connects to both Ethernet and Serial PLCs

Integration of Existing Systems in New Quality Assurance Systems

  • Independent real-time collection of manufacturing, process or quality data directly from programmable logic controllers (PLC) and delivery to higher-level management systems, such as ERP or MES system
  • Recipe manager functionality for writing data blocks to PLCs
  • Direct connectivity via SQL database protocols, platform independent OPC UA technology or MQTT Publisher functionality
  • Support of more than 50 PLC types addressable via Ethernet

Excellent Data and Network Security

  • Buffering of arriving data and addition of time stamps in case of broken connections, automatic forwarding once connection has been reestablished
  • Option for parallel data logging on SD card for traceability reasons
  • Physical network separation between production systems and commercial IT networks
  • State-of-the-art OPC UA security: Optional encryption of transmitted data and authentication via certificates

Lowered IT Maintenance Costs and Investment Protection

  • echocollect as standard component, addition of extra functionality without modifying existing systems
  • No need for additional PC requiring software updates and administration
  • Working for years once configured – untouched, without updates and with zero maintenance costs
  • Plug-and-go replacement, if necessary, using configuration stored on SD card
  • Very easy configuration by straightforward project import without requiring PLC modifications and programming skills

Easy Live Data Visualization

  • Native web technology for easy and cost-efficient visualization of process, manufacturing and quality data using standard web browser without any plug-ins
  • No need for OPC Server or complex SCADA system
  • Scalable, resolution-independent vector graphics for consistent display of data on wide variety of network enabled devices like desktop PCs, laptops, smart phones, tablet PCs or industrial control panels

 

Ethernet Addressable ControllersSiemens SIMATIC S7 and S5, controllers with Modbus TCP (Wago, Beckhoff, Phoenix Contact, Schneider Electric, etc.), Mitsubishi (Melsec-Q), etc.
Ethernet ProtocolsTCP/IP, RFC1006 (ISO on TCP), ISO (H1), S5, S7, TCP/IP with PLC header, Modbus TCP, Melsec-Q, raw data
Ethernet Interfaces2 x independent interfaces TP (RJ45), 10/100 MBit/s
Serial Addressable ControllersSiemens SIMATIC S7 and S5, controllers with RK512, 3964(R), controllers with Modbus RTU (Modicon, Schneider Electric, Wago, etc.), etc.
Serial ProtocolsMPI, PPI, AS511, RK512, 3964R, Modbus RTU, Telnet / ASCII
Serial InterfacesEIA-232 (RS-232), EIA-485 (RS-485), TTY (20 mA), MPI (up to 4 connections per channel)
Embedded OPC UA ServerSymbolic Mapping; Browsing, Read, Write, Subscribe; Self-Discovery Service; possible reconfiguration without device restart; possible multiple Client connections, optional read-only PLC connection; OPC UA Security with password or certificates
Embedded MQTT PublisherEstablishment of MQTT Broker connection, optional user authentication and data encryption, easy topic generation from existing symbols, maximum of 1,000 topics, adjustable publishing interval
Supported DatabasesMySQL, Oracle, DB2, MS-SQL
Other ProtocolsTelnet, SMTP (email notification), OPCpipe (OPC Tunnel)
Supported Engineering Tools for Symbol ImportSIMATIC STEP 7, TIA Portal
LimitationMaximum of 5 PLC connections, 10,000 items in total Data mapping PLC - database must be structured in 400 tables and 200 items per table
Visualizationatvise webMI visualization, functional level ‘Advanced’ (fully event-driven data exchange) Limited to up to 50 visualized items per echocollect (optional upgrade possible), maximum of 5 simultaneously accessing browsers
Configuration SoftwareSofting NetCon for device configuration, atvise builder for SCADA project editing, dataFEED Exporter for symbol import
Power Supply24 VDC, ca. 1.1 A
Ambient ConditionsOperating temperature: 0 °C ... 55 °C, storage temperature: -20 °C ... 70 °C
Dimensions (HxWxL)131 mm x 47 mm x 111 mm
Weightca. 0,4 kg
Mounting35 mm DIN Rail
Protection ClassIP 20
CertificationsCE

PLC Development Kits

PLCcore-926 Kit

  • Evaluation board & 5.7" touch screen
  • Combines Linux with OpenPCS PLC runtime system and SpiderControl MicroBrowser for target visualization
  • Easy introduction to developing a PLC with integrated process visualization
  • Process data off the PLC can be directly visualized on the attached display

The Development Kit PLCcore-9263 is a high-capacity, complete package at a particularly favorable price. Based on a compact PLC with integrated target visualization, it enables the user to develop own, custom specific HMI devices.

The Kit ensures quick and problem-free commissioning of the PLCcore-9263. Therefore, it combines all hard- and software components that are necessary to create own HMI applications: the PLCcore-9263 SOM, the corresponding Development Board containing a QVGA LCD Display, I/O periphery and numerous interfaces, the OpenPCS IEC 61131 programming system, the SpiderControl HMI Editor (demo version) for the creation of the graphics pages as well as further accessory.

PLC Programmable Modules

PLCcore-9263

  • A simple, performance-optimized hardware platform combined with a production-ready, GUI-enabled operating system
  • Ready-to-use core module with small dimensions to reduce effort and costs for the development of user-specific controls
  • Suitable as a basic component for custom specific HMI devices as well as intelligent network node for decentralized processing of process signals (CANopen and UDP)

 

With our PLCcore-9263 we respond on growing requirements for HMI-enabled applications. Having in mind the ever present cost pressure and demands on performance, the PLCcore-9263 perfectly balances both. It provides a simple yet performance-optimized hardware platform combined with a production-ready, GUI-enabled operating system.

Making PLC available as an insert-ready core module with small dimensions reduces effort and costs significantly for the development of user-specific controls. The PLCcore-9263 is also very well suitable as basic component for custom specific HMI devices as well as intelligent network node for decentralized processing of process signals (CANopen and UDP).

PLCcore- 9G20

  • An OEM-able single board computer running Linux & a ready-to-use IEC 61131-3 runtime kernel plus CANopen manager pre-installed
  • Integrates a compact and high-performance Hard-PLC into user-specific applications
  • High-speed components on a compact low EMI multilayer circuit board
  • Suitable for use in various industrial fields

Developing modern and sophisticated control systems requires versatile, interdisciplinary know-how. This does not only involve hardware and application development. In fact, operating system adaptations, the connection of communication and field buses as well as data exchange between processes running in parallel becoming necessary. By applying the PLCcore-9G20 as PLC kernel in user-specific controls this development effort can be minimized.

PLCcore- 5484

  • An ideal basis for customized solutions
  • Based on SYSTEC's SOM - ECUcore-5484
  • It allows the integration of compact, Linux-based and very high-capacity Hard-PLC into applications with low effort
  • All necessary components are already being preinstalled, no additional license costs will occur

The PLCcore-5484 is an ideal basis for customized solutions. Based on the SYS TEC's SOM - ECUcore-5484, it allows for an integration of compact, Linux-based and extremely high-capacity Hard-PLC into own applications at low effort. With all necessary components already being preinstalled, no additional license costs will occur.

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