IDX OPC to Fieldbus Gateway

The IDX OPC to Fieldbus Gateway allows data available via an OPC Data Access (DA) Server to be connected directly onto an industrial fieldbus. The OPC Server is therefore able to impersonate, for example, a PROFIBUS slave device.

This allows devices of systems that expose real-time data through OPC DA to be connected directly into existing fieldbus systems.

How does it work?

The IDX OPC Gateway is a rugged, embedded device that connects to a single or redundant OPC DA Server configuration as an OPC Client, using an Ethernet interface. The internal real-time data engine allows configured OPC data items to be read and/or written from/to the OPC server, depending on the gateway configuration. All real-time data values can be mapped into a variety of fieldbus interfaces, such as a PROFIBUS slave, where the real-time values can be read/written by the corresponding fieldbus master/PLC.


Feature Summary

  • Supported Interfaces

PROFIBUS Master/Slave, MODBUS TCP Master/Slave, MODBUS RTU Master/Slave, custom interfaces possible on request.

(Note: certain fieldbusses introduce a limitation in the total amount of data that can be read/write to the gateway)

  • Supported item data types

Signed/Unsigned 32-bit interger, 32-bit floating point value, string, boolean

  • OPC DA Client

Supportd redundant OPC DA v1.0/2.0/3.0 server configuration with heartbeat failover

  • Dimensions

254x187x100mm (WxDxH)

  • Power requirements

8-36V DC, max 45W Depending on interface cards used