Protocol conversion – why not do it differently?

by Karoly Szalai (comments: 0)

协议转换——为什么不换一种方式呢?

For our shop floor data collection projects we often meet the challenge to connect different process equipment to IT systems (MES, SCADA, cloud applications, etc.). As these assets communicate via different industrial protocols, we had to apply a wide range of gateway devices in our projects to convert these protocols to other ones.

对于我们的车间数据采集项目,我们经常遇到将不同的工艺设备连接到IT系统(MES、SCADA、云应用等)的挑战。由于这些设备通过不同的工业协议进行通信,我们不得不在我们的项目中应用广泛的网关设备来将这些协议转换为其他协议。

That is why we have been wondering if there would be another, more flexible and configurable way for dealing with all the protocol conversion tasks, without having to invest in a bunch of rigid protocol gateways for each and every protocol, and without the need for costly OPC software to process the collected data tags.

这就是为什么我们一直想知道是否有另一个更灵活的和可配置的方式来解决所有的协议转换的问题,而不必投资于一系列固定的协议网关为每一个协议,并且不需要昂贵的OPC软件处理采集到的数据点。

And then we discovered a totally different protocol conversion concept from the German IPCOMM GmbH that immediately caught our attention. The IPCOMM gateways rely on a unique data conversion concept called ipConv, where data is converted from a protocol-specific to a standardized protocol-independent representation and back again. It offers the highest degree of flexibility and modular expansion allowing decoupling of different protocols.

然后我们发现了一个与德国的IPCOMM GmbH完全不同的协议转换概念,立即引起了我们的注意。IPCOMM网关依赖于一个称为ipConv的独特的数据转换概念,在这个概念中,数据从特定于协议的形式转换为标准化的独立于协议的表示形式,然后再转换回来。它提供了最高程度的灵活性和模块化扩展,允许解耦不同的协议

Simply put, this concept allows to flexibly configure which protocol stacks are applied on one gateway, and how the data transmission is executed. And, thanks to the complete decoupling of protocols with respect to data transmission methods and information representation, one single gateway can connect multiple communication networks.

简单地说,这个概念允许灵活地配置在一个网关上应用哪些协议,以及如何执行数据传输。而且,由于协议在数据传输方法和信息表示方面的完全解耦,一个网关可以连接多个通信网络

For instance, one individual gateway can collect data from a Profibus, a Modbus and an Indactic 33 network, and write all the data tags into an SQL database without OPC middleware!

例如,一个单独的网关可以从Profibus、Modbus和Indactic 33网络采集数据,并在没有OPC中间件的情况下将所有数据点写入SQL数据库!

As we investigated further the ipConv concept in practice, we became certain that this is the most universally applicable protocol converter solution on the market, and that it greatly simplifies our shop floor connectivity projects.  

随着我们在实践中进一步研究ipConv的概念,我们确信这是市场上最灵活使用的协议转换解决方案,并且它极大地简化了我们的车间连接项目。

Besides us there are plenty of other system integrators in China who struggle with the same challenge about protocol conversion, so with IPCOMM together we decided to make these gateway products available in China, with local distribution and technical support.

除了我们,中国还有很多其他的系统集成商在协议转换方面也面临着同样的挑战,所以我们和IPCOMM一起决定在中国提供这些网关产品,并提供本地销售和技术支持。

We are excited to share, that from now on in China SINNEO takes on the responsibility for marketing, distribution, import, technical support and after-sales service for the unique protocol converter gateway solutions from IPCOMM!

我们很高兴与大家分享,从现在开始,新络智能在中国承担起IPCOMM公司独特的协议转换网关解决方案的营销、分销、进口、技术支持和售后服务的责任!

We are very enthusiastic about the ipConv gateways based on our own experience, and we really recommend trying them if you meet protocol conversion challenges in your projects.

根据我们自己的经验,我们对ipConv网关非常感兴趣,并如果在您的项目中遇到协议转换挑战,我们很建议您尝试它们。

Find more information and plenty of materials for download on our website: LINK-to-WEBSITE

如欲查询更技术信息及可下载的很多资料,请浏览我们的网页:连接到网站

Or check out the list of the already available, over 50 different industrial protocols (further protocols upon request):  LINK-to-PROTOCOLS

或查阅现有的超过50种不同的工业协议(如有需求,可提供更多协议):连接到支持的协议

Feel free to contact us if you need someone to collect shop floor data for you, but also if you can handle it yourself just missing a flexible protocol converter gateway for the task!

如果您需要有人为您采集车间数据,或者如果您自己可以做,只需要一个灵活的协议转换网关,请都可以随时与我们联系

 

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