WinCC/IndustrialDataBridge (IDB)

Flow of information between production and the IT world

Stand-alone application as system service (e.g. for WinCC RT Professional) or optionally to WinCC V7 with integrated RT operation

WinCC/IndustrialDataBridge uses standard interfaces to connect the automation level (controls) with the IT world and to ensure a bidirectional flow of information.

Systems from different manufacturers can be integrated by using a variety of standard interfaces (e.g., OPC, OLE-DB, SQL). The easy configuration (without programming) saves time and prevents errors. The integration into the WinCC system and its user administration as well as the alternative use as system service guarantee the security of the transmission.



  • Connection of WinCC to databases and IT systems

  • Cross-vendor support of standard interfaces (such as OPC, SQL, ODBC, OLE-DB, Office formats)

  • High-performance, bidirectional data exchange between different systems

  • Display of information on HTML pages

  • Fast and reliable due to configuration instead of programming (errors are prevented)

  • Application options:
    - Start as system service for unmanned servers in computer centers
    - For management of the RT data connections with WinCC
    - Integrated management of connections during runtime in the WinCC user interface (also via web)

Design and functions

IndustrialDataBridge exchanges data between automation systems from different manufacturers.
Data sources and data destinations in the IndustrialDataBridge

Provider (data sources)

Consumer (data destinations)

csv, txt

MS Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

MS Access 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

MS Access 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

MS SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012

MS SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008R2, 2012

My SQL 3.5, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7

My SQL 3.5, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7

Oracle 8i, 10g, 11g, 12c,12c release 2

Oracle 8i, 10g, 11g, 12c, 12c release 2

OPC Data Access 3.0

OPC Data Access 3.0

IDB OPC Server



WinCC V7.2, V7.3, V7.4, V7.5 (via OLE DB)
WinCC UserArchives V7.2, V7.3, V7.4, V7.5

WinCC UserArchives V7.2, V7.3, V7.4, V7.5

WinCC RT Professional V13 SP1,V14, V15 (via OLE DB)

WinCC RT Professional V13 SP1, V14, V15 (via OLE DB)

Configurable TXT/ HTML/XML

Flexible control point between applications

Application scenarios:

  • Coupling of SCADA and control systems from different manufacturers by means of the OPC interface

  • Central information hub for parallel access to one or more WinCC systems

  • Data exchange with MES/ERP systems (e.g. SAP iDoc)

  • Reading/writing of WinCC data from/to Office formats such as MS Excel or MS Access.

  • Reading/writing of WinCC data from/to databases.
    With a database as a data source, central recipes can be transferred directly into WinCC UserArchive or a controller, for example.

  • Cyclic data archiving in an SQL database can be implemented via the OPC Data Access, WinAC ODK or Send/Receive data sources.

  • Event-driven reports, e.g., automatic shift report in CSV files at end of shift (relevant messages and process values per shift). The name of the file can be assigned as required.

IndustrialDataBridge establishes a connection between the source and destination interface and transfers the data

  • depending on a value change

  • after a configurable time period has elapsed

  • or when a certain event occurs

  • Individual data or data blocks (>,<,inside where…) are transferred

WinCC/IndustrialDataBridge Runtime screen
Start as system service for unmanned servers in computer centers or IDB integrated in WinCC user interface incl. runtime administration of connections

The data exchange can be bidirectional via multiple, parallel data connections.


  • WinCC/IDB basic license for 100 tags (connections between data points corresponds to one tag)

  • Depending on the amount of data, the number of IDB tags can be increased

  • From V7.4 SP1 the licenses for IDB tags are additive (countable)

Software and licenses

Article No.

Basic Packages


IDB tags

Further information