How to connect X-Tools to an OPC UA Server? How to connect an OPC UA Client to X-Tools as OPC UA Server? Is it also possible for X-Tools to communicate with an OPC DA Server?
OPC (for Open Platform Communications) is a series of standards and specifications for industrial telecommunication, mostly used in the automation industry. OPC specifies the communication of real-time plant data between control devices from different manufacturers. The current standard is the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA), but the former standard OPC DA is also used. Unfortunately, X-Tools cannot be directly connected with an OPC DA Server.
This tutorial explains:
How to configure the X-Tools software as a Server for an OPC UA client.
How to connect the X-Tools Client to an OPC UA Server.
How to configure a gateway to connect X-Tools Client to an OPC DA Server using a gateway.
Basic knowledge required
In order to understand this application description, you need general knowledge of automation technology and the software package CMS X-Tools.
In addition, you must be familiar with network technology (UDP/IP), the basics of the OPC communication protocol, and using computers with Windows.
This document is valid for the following software:
CMS X-Tools Professional V 04.03
If different software versions are used, this can lead to variations in the steps described below. As far as the OPC software is concerned, you can use any OPC UA client or server.