Logging industrial process data to a database such as Microsoft SQL is a common requirement of many projects across industries. One of the key applications for storing industrial process data is providing historical context and reporting of the process so that better decisions can be made.
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Having ready access to the wide array of industrial data available in an enterprise is increasingly important these days, for a variety of reasons. With ever-expanding applications for using "big data" towards efficiency initiatives such as digital twins, predictive analytics and predictive maintenance, having the ability to bring all of your industrial data together is essential.
In order to analyze that data, however, the upstream systems performing that analysis need access to the actual data - data that is typically widely dispersed geographically and even departmentally within locations. One interface that is relatively common for such systems is the ability to act as an HTTP (or REST) client.
This blog post will provide an overview of an easy and secure way to share industrial process data available common OPC UA, OPC DA and SQL database sources with big data and other systems that can act as an HTTP / REST Client using the OPC Router. You'll also have a chance to download our free guide with step-by-step instructions.
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Accessing various industrial data via RESTful web services has become increasingly necessary over the past decade. From devices with self-hosted web services to relevant market data such as weather information and pricing for commodities and energy, there is a host of relevant data to be integrated from such web services.
In this video, we will cover step-by-step how to easily connect to RESTful web services and perform reads and writes, as well as, logging data to and reading data from a database or connecting that data to other systems such as OPC UA - all with the OPC Router.
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Barcode scanners and printers are devices that are very common in a variety of industries, whether it's for use in a manufacturing process or a multitude of other possible uses. But how do you go from scanning a barcode to printing that barcode?
In this video, we will cover how to connect to both a Datalogic barcode scanner and a Zebra barcode printer, as well as, transferring the scanned barcode data to the printer automatically.
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Barcode scanners are one of those types of devices that are extremely common in a variety of industries, whether it's for use in a manufacturing process or for cataloging inventory or a multitude of other possible uses. But how do you go from scanning a barcode to making that barcode data available to your monitoring applications such as an HMI or a SCADA?
Over the years of working in the automation software realm, I've seen dozens of clients have this seemingly basic need to bring barcodes up into various software packages. Regardless of the make/model of the scanner, the process is almost identical. For example, you could connect to a DataLogic scanner in under five minutes. (Click for How-To Video)
This post will cover the steps for bridging that gap between your scanners and your client applications.