Multi-protocol Gateway for Connecting Controllers with a Serial or Ethernet interface to Databases, Management Systems and IoT Solutions

Industrial Multi-Protocol Gateway Targeted to OT and IT Level Connectivity

echocollect r/m offers as an industrial multiprotocol gateway a modern solution for the further processing of process data. The addition “r” in the product name stands for RS232, since the gateway supports three of these interfaces for serial connection to PLCs. The addition “m” in the product name stands for MPI, as the gateway is specially equipped for connection to SIMATIC S5 and S7 controllers with three TTY and two MPI interfaces. echocollect r/m supports local data logging and enables bidirectional real-time connection between controllers and databases, direct OPC UA integration and cloud connection via the MQTT interface.

The advantage of the NetCon configuration software is the high degree of customization options at protocol level.

As basic functionality, five PLC connections and MySQL as database driver are available. Extension licenses are available for the use of MQTT, OPC UA, data logging to SD card (including Store&Forward), support for 15 PLC connections and other databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL.


Modern Connectivity Capabilities

  • Access to manufacturing, process and quality data in more than 50 PLC types addressable via Ethernet and serial protocols
  • Integration of client applications running on-premises as well as in private and public clouds
  • Direct connectivity via platform-independent OPC UA technology, SQL database protocols or MQTT Publisher functionality
  • Embedded OPC UA Server functionality
  • Direct data exchange between controllers of different types and variants
  • Buffering of arriving data and addition of time stamps in case of broken connections, automatic forwarding once connection has been reestablished

Additional Functionality Required for Production

  • Data storage in various SQL databases
  • Recipe manager functionality for writing data blocks from databases to PLCs
  • Optional logging of field data plus time stamps for traceability reasons on SD card or FTP server

Driven by Customer Needs

  • Step-by-step user guidance based on contextual online help
  • Easy symbol import directly from PLC projects
  • Physical network separation between production systems and commercial IT networks
  • No need for software updates, operating system patches and PC updates resulting in years of failurefree operation
  • No PLC programming or dedicated PC required for connecting PLCs
  • Plug-and-play replacement, if necessary, using configuration stored on SD card

Order lnformation

Scope of Delivery 
HardwareMulti-protocol gateway echocollect r/m, SD card, connector for power supply*
SoftwareNet conconfiguration software on CD-ROM, also downloadable from Softing website
DocumentationQuick Start leaflet, context-based online help, CD-ROM with product manual and configuration tutorials, also downloadable from Softing website
* A plug-in powerpack is not included in the delivery. If needed, please order this separately.
Order Numbers 
GAL-YY-143201echocollect r (connectors: 2 x Ethernet, 1 x TTY, 3 x EIA-232, 1 x MPI)
GAL-YY-143401echocollect m (connectors: 2 x Ethernet, 3 x TTY, 2 x MPI)
LRA-YY-143001Upgrade echocollect: License for database access to Oracle, DB2 and MSSQL (default: MySQL only)
LRA-YY-143002Upgrade echocollect: License enabling data logging on SD Card (default: no data logging)
LRA-YY-143005Upgrade echocollect: License embedded OPC UA Server (default: no embedded OPC UA Server)
LRA-YY-143007Upgrade echocollect: License MQTT Publisher functionality (default: no MQTT support)
LRA-YY-143115Upgrade echocollect: License enabling maximum of 15 PLC connections (default: maximum of 5 PLC connections)
Additional Products and Services 
700-5596-04AC Adapter, 24 VDC, Euro, UK, or USA
GPL-CS-191000echolink S7-compact


Connector Power Pack 24 V DC

Country-specific connector power packs are available.

Note: A connector power pack is not included in the delivery of the echocollect. If necessary please order it separately.

Technical Details

  • 100 - 240 V AC, 47 - 63 Hz, sec. 24 V, 1,25A

Order Number

  • Version EURO, UK, USA: 700-5596-04

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