- April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017 — Kepware, a PTC business developing industrial connectivity software, announced the release of KEPServerEX Version 6.1 connectivity software. The release is an evolution of Version 6, designed to strengthen the industrial connectivity platform’s core server functionalities that support operational intelligence and the development and deployment of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. Key updates include an enhanced OPC UA Client driver, expanded Configuration API capabilities, and connectivity mapping features.
Building upon Version 6, KEPServerEX Version 6.1 includes the following:
- OPC UA Client driver updates and Siemens Plus Suite: Customers now have full access to controllers with embedded OPC UA Servers. For example, customers with S7-1500 controllers or next generation B&R devices can now access their data using OPC UA connectivity. Updates to the OPC UA Client driver include support for OPC UA Nano profile servers as well as complex data types. As packaged with our new Siemens Plus Suite, these enhancements provide the only Siemens-approved method for third-party communication to S7-1500 PLCs using optimized data blocks.
- Configuration API updates: Customers using the Configuration API to remotely Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD) configuration objects in KEPServerEX can now perform these actions on the IoT Gateway advanced plug-in. The Configuration API has also been enhanced to support access to Event Log messages without the KEPServerEX configuration client.
- KEPServerEX integration with the ThingWorx® Industrial IoT Platform: Enables customers with smart, connected manufacturing applications or products that leverage industrial controllers to map tags within KEPServerEX to properties on devices connected to ThingWorx.
In addition, the KEPServerEX V6.1 release introduces the CODESYS Ethernet driver for connectivity to devices running CODESYS V2.3. It also features enhancements to 34 key drivers and advanced plug-ins, including performance for the Mitsubishi Ethernet and Omron NJ Ethernet drivers and connectivity to Amazon Web Services IoT Platform via the IoT Gateway’s MQTT Agent.
The release of KEPServerEX V6 was designed to address the industry's need to produce and analyze greater types of data to supply a wider, more diverse set of client applications. KEPServerEX V6 is secure software that enables remote configuration, support for critical industrial automation markets in Asia and Europe, and a user and licensing experience.
@Kepware is a software development business of PTC Inc. located in Portland, Maine. Kepware provides a portfolio of software solutions to help businesses connect diverse automation devices and software applications and enable the Industrial Internet of Things. From plant floor to wellsite to windfarm, Kepware serves a wide range of customers in a variety of vertical markets including Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Building Automation, Power & Utilities, and more.