dataZen's OPC Server for Okuma Machines demonstrates our continuing initiative as a Partners-in-THINC to develop solutions for the THINC community. This server allows the collection of data using the OPC DA standard from a remote THINC-based control.
The dataZen OPC Server utilizes the Remote API, provided by Okuma America Corporation. This API provides the ability to connect to a THINC-based control over the network using .NET remoting, with an optional encryption key for all network traffic.
Thus, the dataZen OPC Server pulls data from the control without the use of DCOM. All network traffic between the server and the THINC control is encrypted. At that point, the dataZen OPC Server begins collecting THINC data. Any interested OPC-compliant client application such as "Softing" or "Kepware" may then connect to the server to obtain the data.
Configuration of the server is handled through an application provided with the server. This configuration utility provides a graphical user interface for configuring server parameters, such as timeouts, as well as machine connection information. This information may be configured at installation, or at any time after installation by running the OPC configuration utility.
Multiple Thinc Machines, One OPC Server
The dataZen OPC Server may connect to multiple machines, depending on licensing. The machines need only be network accessible, and running the Okuma Remote API Service. This allows for centralized collection of OPC data for efficiency reports or other purposes.
Because the dataZen OPC Server utilizes the Okuma Remote API, it is capable of delivering any data accessible through the API, such as tool offsets, common variables, alarm histories, and machining reports. Actual data delivery may be tailored to the unique needs of each client; by default, dataZen provides access to basic OEE-related data.
Currently this server running at large corporations such as Caterpillar Inc, Linamar etc. dataZen can deliver a server with data items configured to each client's specific needs. For additional information or inquiries about development and ordering, contact dataZen or sales@dataZenEngineering.com. For older Okuma controls such as 7000 series or E100 or U100, please contact dataZen.