Now commercially available is the Softing gateway dataFEED uaGate MB, which enables easy and secure integration of process- and machine data coming from Modbus PLCs with IoT- and Industry 4.0 solutions. Softing's new dataFEED uaGate MB is a gateway for communication between Modbus PLCs in industrial automation networks and IT applications.
The product provides access to process- and machine data via the OPC UA interoperability standard and via the MQTT protocol. It supports relevant IT security standards such as SSL encryption and X.509 certificates, and it can connect multiple applications in parallel.
OPC UA has established itself as the predominant interoperability standard for OT/IT integration, and MQTT is the preferred communication protocol for many cloud based applications and IoT platforms. The gateway also supports hybrid architectures, running partly on premises, partly in the cloud.
“Modbus PLCs without an integrated OPC UA server are very common in existing factories” said Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager Industrial Data Intelligence. “With dataFEED uaGate MB, Softing offers automation departments and OT a very easy-to-use device to implement a flexible and secure interface towards IT.”
dataFEED uaGate MB extends connectivity to Modbus PLCs, supports globally recognised security standards, and is field proven since it is based on the same hardware platform as the dataFEED uaGate SI.
The product was presented at SPS IPC Drives last November, and it is commercially available now. Softing will also be at this year’s Hannover Fair HMI, from 23rd-27th April, in hall 9, stand A11 (OPC Pavilion) and hall 9, stand D68 (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) Pavilion).