The standardized OPC UA communications protocol is being implemented directly in a constantly growing number of automation components. For example, in HMI devices, controllers, and I&C systems with a wide variety of operating systems.
OPC UA thus enables efficient vertical data exchange with HMI, SCADA, MES, and ERP systems of different manufacturers, including cloud-based applications.
Moreover, other controllers or software with OPC UA client functionality can access data and variables of SIMOTION, i.e. horizontal communication is simple, too.
OPC UA uses state-of-the-art IT security mechanisms such as password protection for authentication and authorization and up to 256-bit encryption. OPC UA is defined by the OPC Foundation and is already acknowledged as the standard in automation.
OPC UA is not an alternative, but the perfect complement for deterministic PROFINET communication for real-time applications. Both protocols can be used on one cable without any performance loss and without restrictions.
With an OPC UA server included in the SIMOTION hardware, users are already prepared today for further digitization in the industrial environment on the way to Industry 4.0.