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1 TOP Server UCON: Integrating Your Non-Standard Devices Presenter: Kevin Rutherford, Senior Applications Engineer

2 Agenda  Overview of User Configurable Solutions  TOP Server UCON Key Features/Benefits  Protocol Creation with UCON  Live UCON Demo  UCON Commands/Settings  Protocol Creation: Barcode Walkthrough  UCON Case Study: Real World Success  Summary / Q&A

3 How Do You Get Plant Floor Data at Your Fingertips?  What Types of Devices Are On Your Plant Floor?  PLC’s (Allen-Bradley, Modbus, Siemens, Fanuc…)  DCS Systems  Other Systems/Devices With a Standard Protocol  Standard I/O Servers for Standard Protocols  What If You Have Devices with a Non- Standard Protocol?  No Standard I/O Servers for Non-Standard Protocols

4 Real World Devices: A “Zoo” of Non-PLC Hardware Ethernet: TCP/IP, UDP, Telnet, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 Linear Scales i.e. Mitutoyo, Digimatic Bar Code Scanners i.e. Intermec, Symbol, Z-Tron Measuring Systems Message Displays & Scoreboards Barcode Printers Gas analyzers Mass Spectrometers Combustion Analyzers Gas Chromatographs Laser Marking Systems Weigh Scales iFIX PDB Custom/Other Applications

5 Real World Excellence is Not Possible with Traditional Solutions  Traditional Solutions for Non- Standard Device Connectivity  Custom Driver Development  Interface Device to a PLC (Basic Module)  Pick Device that Integrates with Your Existing Standards  Manual Data Entry/Collection  Abandon Integration Entirely Traditional Solutions Are: Expensive Error prone Unreliable Inflexible Hard to Maintain High Risk Traditional Solutions Are: Expensive Error prone Unreliable Inflexible Hard to Maintain High Risk

6 Every Industry Faces Integration Challenges  Food & Beverage  Barcoding, RFID, Printers, Weigh Scales  Pharmaceutical  Serialization, Barcode, RFID, Weigh Scales  Packaging  Barcode, Printers, RFID, Weigh Scales  Power Generation  Emissions Monitoring equipment  The Lists/Examples Number in the Thousands So How Do You Address Such Integration Challenges?

7 Real World Excellence Demands New Device Integration Solutions  New Challenges  Product Traceability  Customer Demands/Expectations  Regulatory Requirements  New Approaches  “Don’t Integrate” Not an Option  Leverage Existing Standards (i.e. OPC)  Leverage Off-the-Shelf Tools  Leverage the Experience of Others  Custom Code/Applications are a Last Resort New Approaches Result In: Lower Engineering Costs Lower Risks Flexibility Business Decisions using Real Data New Approaches Result In: Lower Engineering Costs Lower Risks Flexibility Business Decisions using Real Data

8 Suitelink OPC User Configurable Drivers: Flexible, Off-the-Shelf Solutions Any of the thousands of devices that you must integrate with DDE RS-232/422/485 Or Ethernet User Configurable OPC & IO Server

9 TOP Server UCON: Key Features / Benefits  Key Features  Use in your TOP Server with other “standard” drivers – SINGLE interface  Serial and Ethernet  Solicited and Unsolicited  Key Benefits  Flexible Data Parsing  Fixed Length  Delimited Data  By Specified Length Byte  Scripting Based Parsing  Conditional Processing  Powerful Diagnostics  Protocol / Channel  OPC  Verbose Event Log  Saves You Money in Design & Startup

10 Example Protocols Barcode Scanner Weigh Scale Modbus RTU

11 Interpretation of Protocol Commands  Engineer Defines Once:  Command Format to Send to Device (if necessary)  What Format of Device Response Looks Like (if applicable)  Where Desired Data is in Response

12 TOP Server  Live Demonstration  Common Commands / Settings  Protocol Walkthrough: Barcode Scanner

13 Case Study – BHP Billiton/Mozal  System Platform 3 w/ InTouch 9.5  “Saveway” Weigh Scales  Metals & Mining Industry  Implemented in < 1 day of effort

14 Steps to Success w/ UCON  Obtain Protocol Documentation for Your Device  Look for Available Message Samples  Determine Specific Commands Needed  Know What Data You Need to Read/Write  Start Simply to Prove Connectivity  Contact Us!  Complimentary Protocol Evaluations  Tips & Recommendations for Getting Started

15 Contact Information & Other Learning Opportunities  Questions later?  Kevin Rutherford   or     Other learning opportunities  Visit


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