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    IoT Connectivity and OPC UA Communication

Webinar Series

Are you looking for machine connectivity for your shop floor application? Do you have architectural decisions to make for an innovative IoT solution? Or have you already selected an IoT platform and need complementary components to access data from automation networks? In our webinar series, we will address these issues. You will get an overview of:

  • OPC UA and other technology standards at the interface of OT and IT
  • Standard products available today (hardware, Windows applications, containers)
  • Secure, efficient and scalable implementation of machine connectivity using application and solution examples

Register for free on the topics that are relevant to you or watch one of the on-demand webinars via the links below. All webinars are self-contained and can be attended independently.

Getting Started with CNC-Machine-Data Dashboarding

 
14th May 2024

9:00 – 9:40 & 16:30 – 17:10 CEST

Digitalization offers CNC machine users new opportunities to operate their machines more efficiently and minimize downtime risks. However, complex solutions increase the initial investment for many users. At the same time, ROI estimates for IoT applications are often difficult. 

In this webinar, Peakboard and Softing Industrial will show you an easy way to get started with digitalization through dashboarding for CNC machine data.  

In the first part of the webinar, Softing Industrial will demonstrate:  

  • How relevant information can be easily read from CNC machines and made available for software applications via standardized interfaces.
  • In a live demo: which configuration steps are necessary for the edgeConnector 840D in a specific application with a Siemens SINUMERIK machine and Peakboard.

In the second part of the webinar, Peakboard will show:   

  • What possibilities the Peakboard Designer offers for creating IoT applications such as dashboards easily and without programming knowledge.
  • In a live demo: how to build a first personalized dashboard for a Siemens SINUMERIK machine with a drag-and-drop editor in combination with edgeConnector 840D.

The live demo shows real-time data from the CNC machines and can be easily adapted to your individual needs.

 

Speakers (9:00):

Stefan Gebele, Solution Engineer at Softing Industrial

Georg Büchner, Sales Development Representative, Peakboard Germany

Thilo Brosinsky, Head of Development, Peakboard

Speakers (16:30):

Stefan Gebele, Solution Engineer at Softing Industrial

Nina Berger, Managing Director Peakboard America

Thilo Brosinsky, Head of Development, Peakboard

Instruments and Valves Stranded No More: Connect HART devices via Allen Bradley PLCs to Emerson’s AMS Device Manager

 
25th June 2024

8:00 – 8:45 & 16:30 – 17:15 CEST

AMS Device Manager from Emerson has proved to be a cutting-edge Plant Asset Management tool in process industries for configuration management, diagnostics and monitoring, calibration management of field devices, and documentation. Together with Emerson’s DeltaV and Ovation control systems, it is a powerful combination for managing intelligent valves and transmitters, helping to decrease maintenance costs and increase reliability.  

Since not all critical and essential smart field devices are connected to DeltaV and Ovation, AMS Device Manager requires a connectivity solution to reach these stranded 3rd party PLCs and Remote I/Os. Such a solution allows users to fully leverage their investments into AMS Device Manager, and to take full advantage of their smart field devices.  

In this joint webinar by Softing Industrial and Emerson, you will learn:

  • how Softing’s smartLink products provide seamless connectivity between intelligent field devices and plant asset management applications.
  • how process industries can leverage smartLink products and allow maintenance and engineering to remotely monitor the health of wired and wireless instrumentation.
  • in a live demo: how to easily access the data from HART devices connected via Allen Bradley RIOs to AMS DM via HART IP using smartLink SW-HT.
  • how a large customer uses AMS Device Manager and smartLink SW-HT in a large-scale project. 

Speakers:

Constantin Pop, Director Project Proposals Europe, Emerson

Sanmay Sudhir Aphale, Product Marketing Manager, Softing Industrial Automation

Machine connectivity in brownfield projects: How to unlock Siemens SINUMERIK 840D Solution Line CNC controllers with the dataFEED OPC Suite

 
9th July 2024

10:00 – 10:30 & 16:00 – 16:30 CEST

Efficient access to machine and process data is of central importance for both traditional shopfloor applications and innovative IoT solutions. Plant manufacturers, operators and maintenance engineers are therefore faced with the challenge of ensuring the availability of this data. However, data acquisition can be difficult, especially for older systems with controllers that do not have an integrated OPC UA server.

In this webinar, we will show you how to read machine and process data from a Siemens SINUMERIK 840D Solution Line controller using the dataFEED OPC Suite from Softing Industrial. The dataFEED OPC Suite enables efficient access to relevant data and makes it available via standardized interfaces such as OPC UA and MQTT for IT, IoT Cloud or Big Data applications.

Find out:

  • how to collect data from Siemens SINUMERIK 840D controllers and integrate it into modern Industry 4.0 solutions via OPC UA.
  • how to access the process parameters from the NC part (axis, tool, program data, alarms) and how these can be read out.
  • in a live demo: How data integration is easy and secure with the help of the dataFEED OPC Suite from Softing Industrial.

Speaker:

Andreas Röck, Head of Product Management Softing Industrial Nürnberg Andreas Röck


On-Demand Webinars


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Device connectivity for digital plant asset management. How to exploit the potential of your intelligent field devices!

Digital Plant Asset Management (PAM) plays a crucial role in streamlining production processes and maximizing plant efficiency. If plant managers want to unlock the full potential of PAM solutions, they must establish a seamless data flow between plant data from field devices to PAM applications. In our webinar, we will present innovative connectivity solutions that make this possible in a simple and flexible way.

In the webinar, you will learn:

  • what typical architectures for solutions with PAM, controllers, remote IOs, connectivity and field devices look like.
  • how field devices (e.g. HART or PROFIBUS) can be integrated with AMS Device Manager from Emerson, FieldCare from Endress + Hauser or PACTware.
  • what features and benefits the smartLink product family from Softing Industrial offers for the seamless integration of field devices into plant asset management systems. 
  • based on two case studies: how Softing products are successfully used in production environments in the process industry.

Speakers:
Dr. Christopher Anhalt & Thomas Rummel


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OPC UA Server Aggregation for modern IoT Solutions

An increasing number of devices in automation networks support the OPC UA interoperability standard to provide data. At the same time, OPC UA is supported by more and more IT applications on the client side. To ensure that the transition between OT and IT is successful, several prerequisites must be met. This includes, e.g., the integration of different data sources and the provision of standardized interfaces. In the webinar, we will show you solutions for secure data integration and efficient use of the available data.

The webinar will inform you about:

  • How to connect a large number of OPC UA data sources with various OPC UA client applications efficiently and with manageable configuration effort.
  • How to provide a uniform interface in the direction of IT for a multi-site IIoT solution with different automation networks.
  • Ways for efficient use of the semantic information offered in the OT interfaces in IT or within a central platform - for example for the automated construction of asset models.
  • How to use Softing's Secure Integration Server to efficiently and securely deploy the OPC UA standard at the interface between OT and IT.

Speaker:

Andreas Röck, Head of Product Management Softing Industrial Nürnberg Andreas Röck


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Machine data storage with InfluxDB and other databases

The storage of production data is a key component within a comprehensive Industrie 4.0 solution. After all, the availability of data provides the basis for documentation, analysis, or verification and allows improved production control as well as steps for optimization. In the webinar we will inform you about the ways of secure and efficient data storage in modern database solutions.

In the webinar you will learn about:

  • the possibilities of storing process data in modern database solutions - for data from new and old control systems.
  • the functionality of caching when the connection is lost and automatic forwarding when the connection to the database is restored.
  • in a LIVE demo:
    how to read data from a Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 using Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite and storing it in an InfluxDB.

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Machine Connectivity and Edge Computing

Industrial edge computing, i.e., the processing of process and machine data close to devices in automation networks, is becoming increasingly important for plant operators as part of innovative IoT solutions that extend across multiple locations. 

The joint webinar by Softing Industrial and WAGO informs about suitable software and hardware solutions that enable the easy integration of machine connectivity and edge computing.

In the first part of the webinar, Softing Industrial will:

  • give an overview of connectivity products suitable for integration with edge computing. 
  • provide an insight into specific projects, in which these products are already being used in production environments today.

In the second part of the webinar, WAGO will show:

  • which hardware products for edge computing and comprehensive data integration are available today.
  • how containerized software modules can be operated with these products for easy connection of controllers and CNC machines.
  • how data (e.g., energy or temperature) not (yet) located in the controllers and CNC machines can be captured via separate interfaces.

Finally, you will learn how the combination of Softing and WAGO products helps to efficiently implement and manage IoT solutions throughout their lifecycle.


Capacity Planning, Tool Management and more - Innovative IoT Applications for CNC Machines
 

Innovative IoT applications for CNC machines - machine data acquisition at its best

There are many advantages for operators of CNC machines when they are integrated into innovative IoT solutions. These include increasing machine productivity, determining OEE key figures for optimization purposes, or evaluating machine data for predictive maintenance.

In most cases, the prerequisite for implementation is direct access by the IoT applications to the CNC machine data.

In the joint webinar by Softing Industrial and EVOMECS, you will learn how a fast integration succeeds and how CNC machines can be operated efficiently.

In part one of the webinar, Softing Industrial will demonstrate: 

  • how CNC machines can be easily and flexibly connected to innovative IoT solutions.
  • in a LIVE demo: how to access data from Siemens SINUMERIK machines with edgeConnector 840D.

In part two of the webinar, you'll learn from EVOMECS:

  • which applications for the efficient operation of CNC machines are already available today.
  • in a LIVE demo: how you can easily display the machine status via a cloud-enabled and user-configurable application.

 

Speakers:
Stefan Gebele, Solution Engineer IIoT & Team Lead, Softing Industrial Automation Stefan Gebele

Edwin Staudacker, Head of Product Management, EVOMECS Benjamin Neubauer


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Scalable IIoT Data Integration

Proof of concepts (PoCs) for innovative IoT solutions exist in large numbers. However, a broad roll-out of these solutions is still a major challenge for many. For users from shopfloor IT, automation technology and related areas, this raises the question of how they can implement and operate modern IoT solutions in a simple and scalable way.

The joint webinar by Softing Industrial and Portainer.io provides answers to this question and shows solution concepts.

In part 1 of the webinar, you will learn from Softing Industrial:

  • Which connectivity products (hardware, Windows application, container) are available for the integration of machine data
  • What the respective advantages and disadvantages are - depending on the user‘s operating concepts
  • Why containerized products often provide significant advantages in the context of innovative IoT solutions

In part 2 of the webinar Portainer.io shows you

  • What the features of the container management platform „Portainer“ are
  • How Portainer can be used to efficiently manage software modules on the edge infrastructure, for example for machine connectivity - in a live demo using the Softing product „edgeConnector Siemens“ as an example

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Machine connectivity in brown field projects: How to unlock Siemens S5 and S7-300 PLCs

Efficient access to machine and process data is of central importance for both traditional shopfloor applications and innovative IoT solutions. Plant manufacturers, operators, and maintenance personnel are therefore faced with the challenge of ensuring data availability.

However, especially in plants with old controllers, data acquisition can be very difficult. This is where the OPC UA standard has proven to be the best choice due to its independence from operating systems, protocols, and drivers. Using Siemens S5 and S7 controllers as examples, we will present solutions in the webinar that can be used to read data easily. We will also show you how this data can be made available for various applications via standardized interfaces such as OPC UA and MQTT.

In the webinar you will learn:

  • How to connect Siemens SIMATIC S5 PLCs via Ethernet
  • How to collect data from Siemens SIMATIC S5 and S7 PLCs and integrate them into modern Industry 4.0 solutions via OPC UA
  • Using a practical example and a live demo: How to integrate data easily and securely with the help of dataFEED OPC Suite Extended from Softing Industrial - a software solution for OPC communication and IoT cloud connectivity

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Industrial Edge Computing as a Driver for Digitalization on the Shopfloor

Industrial Edge Computing, i.e. the processing of process and machine data close to the source, close to devices in automation networks, is becoming increasingly important as part of innovative IoT solutions.

In the first part of the webinar, Siemens introduces the topic of Industrial Edge Computing and its basic concepts. You will learn how Industrial IoT solutions, for example for dashboarding or energy management, can be implemented with the Siemens Industrial Edge, why machine connectivity is relevant for this, and what benefits the open ecosystem of the Siemens Industrial Edge offers customers.

In the second part of the webinar, Softing explains how machine connectivity can be realized for Industrial IoT solutions. As a partner of Siemens, Softing Industrial develops connectivity products specifically for the Siemens Industrial Edge. Using a live demo of Softing‘s edgePlug Fanuc product, users will learn how machine data from third-party devices can be integrated into the Siemens Industrial Edge.


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Effect on OPC Classic Communication in Connection with Microsoft DCOM Security Update KB 5004442

This webinar focuses on the impact of the Microsoft DCOM security patch on March 14, 2023, on OPC Classic communication. The following topics are covered:

  • What impact can the Microsoft Windows security update KB 5004442 have on OPC Classic data connectivity?
  • What to do if the OPC Classic communication based on DCOM does not work properly anymore?
  • Which OPC products from Softing Industrial can be affected by the security update?
  • What migration options are available to end the DCOM dependency?

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Easy use of XML files for process data integration

Efficient access to machine and process data is of central importance for traditional shopfloor applications as well as for innovative IoT solutions. In existing plants, such data is often available in XML files. The latest version of the dataFEED OPC Suite Extended from Softing Industrial - a software solution for OPC communication and IoT cloud connectivity - supports access to data in XML files, making them available via standardized interfaces (including OPC UA and MQTT).

The webinar uses a practical example and a live demo to show:

  • how to easily access data in XML files with the software solution dataFEED OPC Suite Extended
  • how to use this data in IT applications

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OPC UA - the communication standard for secure and efficient OT/IT Integration

The OPC UA communication standard plays an important role at the interface between OT and IT. Modern controllers and field devices now integrate an OPC UA server. Newer IoT applications usually include an OPC UA client to access data from automation networks. Moreover, OPC UA information models offer extensive possibilities to efficiently solve data integration across sites and manufacturers.

This webinar is intended for people, both with OT and IT backgrounds, who want to gain a basic technical understanding of the OPC UA standard.

In the webinar you will learn:

  • The basic concepts and definitions of the OPC UA standard
  • How OPC UA communication between applications and devices can be realized, based on a practical example
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