Kepware- OPC servers
Kepware develops software solutions for the industrial automation industry that help bridge the communication gap between different hardware and software applications. Kepware’s products enable informed decision-making throughout the entire production process from start to finish through consistent and reliable data that they provide throughout the organization.
Contal and Kepware have been collaborating since the early 2000s, when Contal discovered Kepware’s durable, high-quality and easy-to-use solutions for software communication and PLC on the production floor.
Since 2012 Contal has become a distributor of Kepware solutions in the region.
KEPServerEX is the industry’s leading communications platform that provides a single source of industrial control data for all your applications. The design of the platform allows users to link, manage, monitor and control different automation devices and software applications through a single intuitive user interface.
KEPServerEX uses OPC (the industry’s most widely used control-to-software interface) and IT-centric communication protocols (such as SNMP, ODBC, and Web Services) to provide users with a single source of industrial data. KEPServerEX is built on the four foundations of proven interoperability, centralized communication, scalability (scalability) according to demand and industrial strength, and it was developed and tested in order to meet the customer’s demand for performance, reliability and ease of use.
OPC is the leading standard of industrial automation connectivity. The KEPServerEX platform supports the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) specification and many of the OPC Classic specifications, including OPC Data Access (OPC DA), OPC Alarms and Events (OPC AE) as well as OPC Historical Data Access (OPC HDA).
KEPServerEX has preferred access to leading automation software, including iFIX by GE Intelligent Platforms (NIO) and InTouch by Wonderware (SuiteLink/FastDDE). In addition, KEPServerEX even supports preferred access to Oracle’s MES and MOC solutions through their proprietary API.
KEPServerEX supports multiple interfaces that enable integration with IT applications, including ODBC for documenting information in a database and SNMP for providing information to a Network Management System (NMS). Following the evolution of IoT and Big Data applications), the KEPServerEX platform now includes the ability to communicate with Splunk cloud software and services through the Industrial Data Forwarder for Splunk.
The Internet of Things and Cloud Services
Thanks to IoT Gateway, the IoT Gateway platform can seamlessly stream real-time industrial control data directly to Big Data and analytics software used for business intelligence and operational excellence. The customizable data format supports most MQTT and REST applications, allowing users to choose the providers and communication methodologies that suit their system.
Some applications require the availability of information from files or databases. Typically, this information is exported at a predetermined rate and includes both current and historical data. The KEPServerEX platform supports the export of historical EFM (Electronic Flow Measurement) data (through the EFM Exporter plugin) or historical trend data (through supported device managers) to files and/or databases.
ThingWorx Kepware server
The ThingWorx Kepware server is designed for IoT scalability, providing flexible, standardized, cost-effective industrial connectivity that is easy to implement and deeply supports a variety of different assets.
Advantages of ThingWorx:
Central data management and data access
Centralizes the organization’s data management and distributes securely across all sites and assets uniformly.
Creates a standard, repeatable architecture that can quickly be focused across the organization.
Enterprise Support – Award-winning support from automation and industrial connectivity experts.
A simple, scalable license with flexible pricing
Enterprise – Simple deployment with one key lock across all servers, and enterprise subscription pricing changes easily across all locations.
Machine builders – tag-based pricing for cost-effective out-of-the-box connectivity to legacy assets at the edge of networks.
ThingWorx Kepware Edge
Allows the most important features of KEPServerEX to be deployed in Linux-based environments, enabling connectivity to be enabled directly at the machine, device or sensor site.