From our many years of experience in mechanical engineering, we know the challenge of connecting components. Many customers often provide us with the components to be used, so that we have to get acquainted with the technologies. This know-how expands our flexibility in terms of communication for our MES solution.
The user interface of a machine is increasingly created in a high-level language in order to be able to meet the complex requirements. So it is part of our daily tools to apply the technologies.
A MES-DataCollector can connect to many machine controls simultaneously and independently. Data transfer usually takes place via a separate network segment between a MES terminal and the machine control. This avoids that a programmable logic controller (PLC) is directly available in the network.
The parameters are configured via our MES-Suite. An initialisation of the MES-Collector can be triggered after successful configuration.
We connect most machine controls directly via the interface of the respective manufacturer. This minimises the configuration of additional data layers (such as OPC) and is usually available without further licenses.
The OPC Foundation specifies the Open Platform Communication, which allows independent manufacturers to exchange data on this software interface.
Our MES solution supports two formats: On the one hand the OPC DA (Data Access) interface and on the other the new variant OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) which was also adopted as the IEC 62541 standard.
For plastics and rubber machines, the EUROMAP interface was driven forward for the communication of upstream and downstream processes by the Association of German Machine and Plant Engineering (VDMA). Thus a manufacturer-independent signal exchange became possible.
We realise the file-based (FBC) interface of the EUROMAP 63 in our software.
Further interfaces such as EUROMAP 77 and EUROMAP 83 are foreseen.