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We Need Your Help!

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Due to the fact that we are mainly left brain thinkers at IDX (what else can you expect from a bunch of electrical and IT engineers) we are having a slight dilemma finding a name for our new solution. Currently it got the name “IDX Brick” but we think it needs a lot more pizzazz. Hence this request for help...

Basic the IDX Brick consist of our Industrial Data Xchange (IDX) software running on an embedded platform happily translating data from an OPC Server to the site’s PROFIBUS network. Pretty neat!
So we would like to extend the invitation to you for you to submit a name that we can label this device with. Please add your comments to the end of this blog.

IDX successfully hosts its first Anybus breakfast

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IDX recently hosted our first breakfast targeted at the upcoming range of Anybus products available as well as some of current products that are offered by HMS.
Kristina Johansson (Area Sales Manager) and Henrik Arleving (NetBiter Product Manager) from HMS (in Sweden) spent a week with us and enjoyed the good and the bad of South Africa (only bad were taxis). It was with the greatest of pleasure for us to have them and enjoy their stories about Sweden(and there were a lot of them) which they are very proud of!Probably the most popular topic, of the breakfast, was the remote communication interface devices. The NetBiter module allows you to read analogs/digitals or even Modbus messages into the unit and the information is sent via a GSM/GPRS modem to the server where the information is stored and can be displayed using a very user friendly web interface. (click here for more info).We would like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to more of these events in the future…

Anybus Communicator

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So what is it?
The ABC (Anybus Communicator) is a device that translates from serial communication to different fieldbus languages. By default, it is a Modbus master on one end and converts this serial communication to one of the numerous fieldbus options (Profibus, DeviceNet, ControlNet,...etc)

How does it work?
Very simply, the Modbus master requests information from the slave/s that it is connected to and stores that information in its own memory area. That memory area can then be read from the fieldbus in its native language. I.E. Profibus will be able to read the data in the format that it understands. The same applies when the fieldbus writes data to the ABC, the information is stored in a memory area and the Modbus master will then take that information and send it to the Modbus slave.

Is it easy to setup?
The ABC software is very user friendly. You need to have a basic idea of the Modbus protocol and setup the commands and addresses of where you would like to read and write the inf…

IDX introduces OPC to Profibus (Profibus to OPC ) device

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So I have been bugged by my colleagues to get this post out into the world. Now as an engineer the last thing on my to-do list (as most engineers) is documentation and I'll be honest, blogging wasn’t even on my list, so this is a big step for me...

I trust and hope that it will answer some of your questions, and even present a possible solution to some of the problems you may have. (Although I also realise the success of this blog is coupled to the frequency of future blogs I may be forced to write...)

Anyway at IDX we excel at solving problems, and we were faced with a problem which begged our attention. Long story short we created a product that exposes your required OPC tags onto your Profibus Network as a Profibus Slave, or vice versa if you like (Profibus to OPC). (Now I would like to end my blogging career right here, but I know if I don’t give more details I will just have to edit this later... so I will continue. )

The Background
We were approached by Sandvik South Africa to s…

OPC End User Training course in South Africa

IDX now has a 1 day End user training course for the end user who wants to become competent in OPC.

The course starts by covering the basics of OPC, then moves on to the details of the different types of OPC, how they differ, how to use them and where they fit in on the plant.

There is also a practical section where the users are taught about security and how to set up the dreaded DCOM.
After this course, DCOM will become child's play.

The user is left empowered with the knowledge of OPC in it's entirety.

Contact idxonline for more information on these and other courses.