"Matrikon’s OPC Server for Modbus is easy to integrate and provides reliable, trouble-free performance under conditions like those our clients are likely to experience in their facilities."
Stéphane Van Audenhaege,
R&D Engineer for ABB Jumet
Matrikon OPC has helped integrators all over the world by supplying reliable, robust connectivity in countless industrial settings. But a recent integration by ABB in Jumet, Belgium illustrates the level of quality and dependability associated with Matrikon’s OPC products. ABB Jumet has implemented Matrikon’s OPC Server for Modbus in its own factory for the purpose of developing and testing Modbus products and for demonstrating their controllers and applications to prospective clients.
"Currently we have three OPC server licenses," says Stéphane Van Audenhaege, R&D engineer for ABB Jumet. "Two licenses are used for development of Modbus hardware products. They are useful for checking the connectivity of our devices and to verify the consistency of the Modbus data tables related to these products."
For example, ABB’s PowerIT Power Factor Controller RVT was fitted with a Modbus communication and RS485 interface. This enabled users to connect to a new or existing Modbus network, SCADA system or other application software. To communicate with the RVT Controller, Matrikon’s OPC Server for Modbus was used.
"We use Matrikon’s OPC Server intensively in cooperation with our Aspect Integrator Platform, a configurable OPC client application, which eases the integration of fieldbus devices into higher level software systems," says Van Audenhaege.
Matrikon’s OPC Server responds to requests made by OPC client applications such as ABB’s Industrial IT applications. By integrating an OPC Server, end users have access to a ready-to-use solution.
"Our third OPC server license is used to demonstrate the Modbus communication network that was installed in our factory," Van Audenhaege says. "Matrikon’s OPC Server for Modbus is easy to integrate and provides reliable, trouble-free performance under conditions like those our clients are likely to experience in their facilities."
To demonstrate the infrastructure to prospects and customers, ABB has connected five RVT controllers as Modbus slave devices to the Matrikon OPC Server for Modbus. From that point, Matrikon’s OPC Server makes the connection to ABB’s Aspect Integrator Platform, enabling users to see the real benefit of OPC.
"Ease of use, transparency, independence from communication problems, independence in use of data in the end application—Matrikon’s OPC products have met and surpassed these criteria and given us a reliable component in developing and integrating our industrial IT solutions," Van Audenhaege says.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. ABB Products Inc. serves electric, gas and water utilities as well as industrial and commercial customers, with a broad range of products, systems and services for power transmission, distribution and automation. The ABB Group of companies operates in over 100 countries and employs more than 130,000 people.