edgeConnector 840D connects to the Siemens SINUMERIK 840D Solution Line and Power Line controllers without any intervention in the machine configuration and provides the data as an OPC UA server. In addition, the data can also be transmitted to MQTT brokers using MQTT. All process parameters from the NC part (axis, tool, program data), as well as the PLC part (status, program sections, alarms) and the drive data can be read out. As a Docker container, the product offers flexible deployment options, e.g. on standard IPCs or devices running Azure IoT Edge or AWS IoT Greengrass.
The application can be easily configured locally via an integrated web interface. It can also be managed remotely using the REST API. The configuration is flexible and includes precisely coordinated security settings (e.g. role-based access rights for OPC UA client applications).
The new product, which is also based on virtualization and container technology, benefits from Softing’s deep experience with brownfield connectivity through MQTT and OPC UA technology and provides the data for new and highly efficient IoT solution architectures.