TOPIC: PCS7 Direct PLC Communication via IDX Runtime
IDXOnline has an exciting solution in development to solve a long–standing challenge which involves collecting plant data directly from the Siemens PLC as opposed to from the WinCC OPC Server.
Out with the old:
In With the New:
How will we achieve this?
IDX has obtained a dll package from one of our partners that are able to communicate with a Siemens PLC via TCP/IP. The package is suitable to be incorporated into the IDX runtime as a driver module, and thus will work like any other IDX driver module will enable communication with any other software that IDX currently supports.
Is there already software available that can do this?
Yes. IDX has tested the Softing S5/S7 OPC Server as well as the Wonderware DasSIDirect Server, and the results that this test yielded were impressive when compared to the standard WinCC OPC server. A report of the findings is available and can be provided on request.