OPC UA Module
Cross-Platform OPC UA Functionality
Build any kind of HMI (human-machine interface) or SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system using Ignition's powerful offering of HMI/SCADA modules.
The Ignition OPC UA Module adds OPC UA server and client functionality to an Ignition system. Inductive Automation was the first company to independently develop an OPC UA stack from scratch and successfully test it at a major interoperability workshop. We know OPC UA inside and out, and are very excited about being on the forefront of the future of industrial communication.
Server & Client
The Ignition OPC UA Module is best described in two parts because it implements both server and client functionality. As an OPC UA server, the module comes with popular drivers for devices by Allen-Bradley and Siemens, as well as devices that support Modbus. As an OPC UA client, the module has the ability to make outgoing connections to third-party OPC UA servers. The OPC UA Module also features an open driver API, which allows you to write your own drivers for the module. Learn more in the Developers section.
Based on Modern IT Protocols
The OPC UA specification is based on TCP, which means no more configuring DCOM. Your connections are made by IP address, so connecting to a remote machine is as easy as connecting to a local one.
Windows. Linux. You Pick.
One of the greatest things about OPC UA is that since it's based on open technologies like TCP, it can be implemented on multiple platforms. And that's just what we did. It works just as well on Linux as it does on Windows. In fact, since it's written in 100% Java, you can run the Ignition OPC UA Module on just about any system that supports Java.
Because the module is based on TCP, the same security methods are available that allow you to set up RSA encryption in just a few moments.
The Ignition OPC UA Module was built for speed by using the high-performance binary-TCP encoding and transport model in OPC UA. The multi-threaded device model was written to ensure fast updates and to enable massive concurrent tag counts.
The Modbus TCP Ethernet Driver is a driver for the Ignition OPC UA Module. The driver provides a way to connect to any device that supports the Modbus TCP protocol for use in Ignition; for example, in the SQL Bridge and Vision modules.
The driver has a built-in address mapping feature which allows you to enter blocks of common addresses, and then the driver will create the individual addresses and display them in the OPC browser.Driver documentation
UDP and TCP Drivers Module
An elegant, data collecting mechanism for barcode scanners, weigh scales, analytical equipment, and other similar devices.Driver documentation
Allen-Bradley Driver Suite
The Allen-Bradley Ethernet Driver is a driver for the Ignition OPC UA Module. The driver provides a way to connect to most Allen-Bradley Ethernet controllers for use in Ignition; for example, in the SQL Bridge and Vision modules.Driver documentation
The Siemens Ethernet Driver is a driver for the Ignition OPC UA Module. The driver provides a way to connect to S7-300, S7-400 and S7-1200 Ethernet controllers for use in Ignition; for example, in the SQL Bridge and Vision modules.Driver documentation
DNP3 Realtime Driver
A TCP/IP DNP3 master implementation that can connect to any DNP3 slave device. Supports DNP3 Level 1, 2, and 3 implementations. Note: Does not support DNP3 Secure Authentication and does not read buffer data.Driver documentation
Connect to Omron NJ-series controllers.Driver documentation
Module Specs and
Supported Operating Systems
- Windows Server 2008/2012/2016
- Windows 7, 8, and 10
- Ubuntu Linux 12.04 or later
- Other Java SE-enabled OSes1
- Microsoft® SQL Server
- IBM DB2
- Java SE 6, 7, 8, 9 (server)
- Java SE 6, 7, 8, 9 (client)
- Dual-core processor
- 4 GB RAM
- 10 GB free HD space
- (Requirements vary by usage)