- December 13, 2017
December 13, 2017 – Kepware, a PTC business developing industrial connectivity software, announced the release of the KEPServerEX version 6.4 industrial connectivity platform. KEPServerEX version 6.4 includes data collection capabilities, improved data access, and integration with both traditional and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) systems, enabling users to manage and monitor their plant floor.
The new MQTT Client driver is a key component of the KEPServerEX version 6.4 release. Inclusion of this driver enables users to collect data from sensor networks and other devices that utilize MQTT—and make that data available to the industrial automation devices and applications they rely on to run their plants efficiently.
The MQTT Client driver included in KEPServerEX version 6.4 offers users a commercially available out-of-the-box MQTT to OPC UA translator. It uses parsing tools to enable users to create tags from popular devices that utilize MQTT. With this driver, KEPServerEX is able to securely subscribe to MQTT topics through any MQTT broker, receive updates as new device data is published, and make that data available over a variety of protocols. Along with the MQTT Client driver, KEPServerEX version 6.4 includes:
- Siemens TCP/IP Ethernet Driver Read/Write Enhancements: Enables users of Siemens TCP/IP Ethernet drivers with Siemens S7-400 and S7-1500 controllers to perform read/writes by configuring their Packet Data Unit (PDU) size up to the maximum levels supported by the controller. Users can monitor high-fidelity data with high tag counts and high data change rates.
- Store And Forward Capabilities With The ThingWorx Native Interface: Enables users to transmit data between KEPServerEX and ThingWorx—even in the event of network instability. During communication disruptions between KEPServerEX and ThingWorx, the store and forward service collects data that ThingWorx had been requesting. Upon reconnection, the stored data is automatically forwarded to ThingWorx.
- CODESYS Ethernet Driver Tag Browsing Capabilities: Users of the CODESYS Ethernet driver now have the option to select and import only relevant tags into their KEPServerEX projects. This enables users to connect to and start streaming data from CODESYS devices.
@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.