CONNECTIVITY AND DATA MOVEMENT
CONNECT is a comprehensive connectivity and data movement platform. It enables
global manufacturers and industrial equipment OEMs to quickly and reliably build, implement, and support Connected Manufacturing business applications by integrating real-time information among a diverse set of technologies including plant floor machines, tools, robots, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), sensors, scanners, and a myriad of other manufacturing device technologies along with the software systems used for manufacturing execution (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP).
Unmatched “Brownfield” and “Greenfield” Connectivity
Because industrial automation has been around for so long, there are literally millions of legacy “brownfield” devices, software systems, and technologies operating on control networks with disparate communication protocols in plants all over the world. Having the luxury to only support modern “greenfield” devices, software systems, and technologies is not the reality that global manufacturers live in. CONNECT includes:
Included with CONNECT is an extensive set of linkages to a wide range of open standards including OPC, OLE DB, Ethernet/Serial, Torque Tool Open Protocol, email, and more. Also available are native DataLinks to industry leading technologies such as Wago, Oracle, Wonderware, Cognex, Allen Bradley, Lincoln Electric Welders, and many others.
Visit the Support Center for a complete list of CONNECT Datalinks.
Integration Partner: Connect
Achieving a highly integrated and efficient manufacturing process would be
much simpler if industrial machines, devices, and software all spoke the same language. So, now envision a platform that reliably connects and transports data among a diverse set of industrial technologies, both legacy and modern, using all of the various communication dialects found on the plant floor.
INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH, RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCE
In industrial settings, system reliability and resilience are non-negotiable. When a networked home thermostat stops working for a while, it is simply inconvenient. If an interlocked manufacturing process fails, production stops as expensive equipment and costly labor resources sit idle. CONNECT provides:
CONNECT provides advanced data queuing algorithms to guarantee information is valid at the instant in time a triggering event occurs. CONNECT’s architecture buffers data in queues to ensure references receive the correct snapshot value as defined by the time validity of the trigger event.
Detailed Logs and Statistic
The information you need to troubleshoot connection or faulty device issues is readily accessible through CONNECT’s event logs and command statistics. CONNECT tracks all successes and failures and automatically calculates statistics for execution times and device throughput capabilities.
The reality is systems go down. Whether you encounter a network issue, a server failure, or any other potential disruption, CONNECT automatically saves failed commands and resubmits them on user- defined intervals to ensure that system failures do not result in critical data loss.
SIMPLE TO CONFIGURE AND QUICK TO ADAPT
Agile manufacturing demands flexible, just-in-time processes to accommodate highly customized products with build-to-order production schedules and to swiftly respond to ever changing business conditions. CONNECT offers:
CONNECT offers step-by-step dialog screens to guide you through even the most complex connections in a fraction of the time it takes to write custom code or to configure monolithic software tools. All connections are easily managed through an intuitive point-and-click user interface.
Even the most complicated data exchange rules are made simple with CONNECT’s flexible triggering system. Both time and event based triggers are supported. Custom triggering allows Boolean combinations of time and event triggers, as well as, other custom criteria.
CONNECT is ideally suited for centralized or distributed On-Premise server and Embedded deployment models.