Softing Linking Device Moves Fieldbus Data to IIoT and Industry 4.0 Cloud Applications

By FieldComm Group

Jan 03, 2017


Control networks that are based on FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology offer all necessary status and diagnostic information to make it an ideal platform for integration into IIoT or Industry 4.0 architectures. However, many existing control systems lack a generic interface like OPC UA to provide the additional data points to the cloud. To make matters worse, such a generic interface has become a requirement by the Namur organization (Namur Open Architecture).

Softing’s latest Linking Device (FG-200) presents a two-step solution to address the Namur requirement. In step one, an operator can map any field device parameter to OPC UA tags using the included FOUNDATION Fieldbus configuration software. For step two use Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite to import the generated list of OPC UA tags and move the data from the edge to IIoT and Industry 4.0 cloud applications.

Plant operators can retrofit existing control networks with this solution because Softing’s Linking Device can be attached to a running FOUNDATION Fieldbus network without interfering with the operation of an existing third party controller.

For more information, please visit the Softing website.

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  • I personally agree an FF-HSE linking device also supporting Modbus/TCP and OPC-UA is a great way to bring in additional measurement into an existing control system. It is often used with 8-input 2-wire fieldbus temperature transmitters but can be used with all kinds of sensors. This fits at the sensor level and backbone network level of the IIoT architecture. See how plants do it in this essay:


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