Communication Between Two Legacy Injection Molding Machines Made Possible with HARTING MICA

A new injection molding machine needed to be integrated into the company-wide IT system via a standard industrial PC (soft PLC). Both devices were made by different manufacturers. Although both communicated over OPC UA, it was soon apparent that the standard IPC clients could not exchange data with the OPC UA server of the injection molding machine. After a long investigation with all three participating companies, bugs were found in the implementation of the data definitions. A solution on the OPC UA server side would have taken several months.

Instead of relying on the device manufacturers, the company looked to a digital retrofit solution that featured an open software architecture, so it could be programmed to communicate over both protocols.  Learn how the HARTING MICA allowed the company to implement a solution in under 48 hours that communicated with both terminals.

 

Communication Between Two Legacy Injection Molding Machines Made Possible with HARTING MICA

Date: Aug 15,2018


Category: Industry 4.0


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