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Containerized Software Packages Simplify Connectivity for Legacy Machines

Learn how containerized software packages improve the connectivity of legacy machines in manufacturing facilities. Find out about the advantages of integrating IT and OT technologies using Docker containers, and discover how Softing's edgeConnector and edgeAggregator simplify OPC UA server integration.

Exploring the Foundation of Your Digital Transformation Journey

Digital transformation requires businesses to merge information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). Rethinking their relationship and their supporting technologies can go a long way toward helping businesses meet their goals. Our new blog post series explores the enabling technologies behind the digital transformation phenomenon.

Unlocking CNC Connectivity with Softing edgePlug Software

Manufacturers running CNC machines with SINUMERIK 840D controls face the challenge of extracting performance and process data from the shop floor for analysis. This data is essential for optimizing operations via powerful business applications and has been inaccessible until now. The remedy is a versatile software solution that is scalable, cost-effective and easy to use, allowing manufacturers to extract data from their CNC controls while having the freedom to connect to higher-value applications.

Ethernet-APL – Network Topologies

The fact that Ethernet-APL (Advanced Physical Layer) supports almost all Industrial Ethernet protocols makes network planning and installation much easier for plant engineers and planners. However, a number of points need to be kept in mind to ensure the network is stable and fail-safe. The blog post looks at the various network topologies for Ethernet-APL, as recommended by the Ethernet-APL Engineering Guideline.

Ethernet-APL – the New Gold Standard for Process Automation

The new Ethernet-APL technology considerably simplifies the process of setting up high-performance automation networks and seamlessly integrating field devices into process manufacturing. For device manufacturers and automation network operators alike, Ethernet-APL products from Softing avoid expensive and time-consuming implementation projects while supporting the cost-effective migration of network topology to the new digital standard.

A Built-for-Purpose PLC to Database Connectivity Solution

System integration using a PC and custom code can come with a lot of errors in project estimation, increase risk, cost money and possibly even put your customer at risk. Fortunately, there are built-for-purpose integration solutions that eliminate the PC, eliminate custom code, and eliminate protocol conversion for PLC-to-database and cloud integration projects. In this blog, we show you how tManager from Rockwell, an in-chassis PLC module for bidirectional data exchange between enterprise systems and ControlLogix® and CompactLogix™ PLCs, does just that.

Easily Connect the Cloud to Siemens PLCs with Softing edgeConnector Modules

Softing has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft® Azure to offer industrial edge connectivity solutions that you can deploy from the AWS or Azure cloud. We show you how to quickly and securely connect machines, PLCs and devices to cloud-based Industrial IoT solutions in a typical brownfield project using our connectivity modules for the Industrial Edge.

Smart Extension For Legacy Process Plants

As the digital transformation takes hold of the process industry, many companies are facing the challenge of reconciling innovation and continuity. In response to this, NAMUR (the User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries) has developed the NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA) model, which brings plant optimization through IT/OT integration within reach for the process industry. In this blog, we present a range of NOA-compliant products that process plant operators can use to extend their plant in compliance with NOA to directly reap the benefits of modern IT applications.

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