The SIGMATEK engineering tool LASAL supports the OPC UA communications protocol. Manufacturer and platform-independent data exchange are thereby possible. This provides users with the option to make their machine fit for Industry 4.0.
The LASAL OPC UA server runs directly in the control. Here, the OPC UA clients of the MES/ERP and PLC systems of third-party manufacturers can log in and retrieve process data via the OPC server or write to the control. In a component from LASAL, the user can also specify which process data can be read or written.
With OPC UA, the design of complex system is considerably simplified and large data volumes can be exchanged faster. Since the server runs on the control, an additional Windows computer is no longer required. The clients connect directly with the control via the network.