Expandability and Scalability

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 OPC-UA Module is best described in two parts because it implements both server and client functionality. The module's server portion comes with popular drivers for devices by Allen-Bradley and Siemens, as well as devices that support Modbus. The Ignition OPC-UA Module also features an open driver API. This means you can write your own drivers for the module. Learn more at 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 v.6 or v.7.

Security

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.

Performance

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.

Drivers

  • Modbus Ethernet

    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, the SQL Bridge and Vision modules.

    The driver has a built-in address mapping feature. This allows entering blocks of common addresses and 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, the SQL Bridge and Vision modules.

    Driver Documentation »

  • Siemens Driver

    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, the SQL Bridge and Vision modules.

    Driver Documentation »

  • DNP3 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 »

  • Omron Driver

    Connect to Omron NJ-series controllers.

    Driver Documentation »

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