Simplified shop floor to business systems communication

18 March 2019

Red Lion Controls has added new capabilities to its Crimson software, including an OPC UA Client driver with encrypted password support, OPC UA Historical Access, an MQTT connector for Google Cloud and store and forward buffering for all Crimson cloud connectors.

With an OPC UA client driver the Crimson 3.1 is able to capture attributes such as diagnostic and performance information of the data tags of a target OPC UA server. With this added capability, most Crimson 3.1-based devices can act as both OPC UA server and OPC UA client. This is said to simplify system architectures, increase scalability and accelerate data integration initiatives with no need to any additional hardware and with no software customisation required. In addition, OPC UA Historical Access ensures the transmission of real-time and historical data directly to enterprise business systems using a single, easy-to-use environment.

On devices with an SD card, the MQTT connectors of the software can be configured to buffer data within the device when a connection to the target platform is not available. This feature can be set to indicate whether data should be buffered just to memory, or whether the device’s SD card should be used to provide further storage that will survive a power cycle - enhancing reliability and increasing system resilience.

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