Softing’s new dataFEED uaGate MB is a gateway for communication between Modbus PLCs in industrial automation networks and IT applications. The product provides access to process- and machine data via the OPC UA interoperability standard and via the MQTT protocol. It supports relevant IT security standards such as SSL encryption and X.509 certificates, and it can connect multiple applications in parallel.
OPC UA has established itself as the predominant interoperability standard for OT/IT integration, and MQTT is the preferred communication protocol for many cloud based applications and IoT platforms. The gateway also supports hybrid architectures, running partly on premises, partly in the cloud.
“Modbus PLCs without integrated OPC UA server are very common in existing factories,” says Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager Industrial Data Intelligence. “With dataFEED uaGate MB, we offer automation departments and OT a very easy-to-use device to implement a flexible and secure interface towards IT.”
dataFEED uaGate MB requires next to zero maintenance, it is robust, and it is based on the same hardware platform as the proven dataFEED uaGate SI gateway. The product was presented at SPS IPC Drives last November, and it is commercially available now.
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