How to Install and Configure OPC Client/Server Software
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How to Install and Configure OPC Client/Server Software

Learn how to install and configure OPC Client/Server software applications
4.3 (569 ratings)
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2,052 students enrolled
Created by Emile Ackbarali
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Have an appreciation of the reason OPC was developed
  • Understand how OPC is able to achieve cross-platform software integration
  • Become aware of the various OPC specifications
  • Be able to choose the appropriate OPC software application based on technical needs
  • Understand the structure of OPC DA and HDA
  • Download and configure an OPC server application and connect with it using an OPC client application
  • Simulate an OPC conversation using a Modbus slave simulator
  • Configure an OPC server application to communicate with a physical programmable logic controller (PLC)
  • Connect an HMI OPC Client to the OPC Server and link graphics
Requirements
  • Basic working knowledge of the Modbus RTU protocol.
  • Familiarity with the installation of software applications on the Windows OS platform.
Description

The key to getting ahead in the process automation field is to acquire higher value added skills. You have to gain knowledge on subjects like programmable logic controllers, intelligent devices, data communications, and enterprise plant software solutions.

One of the key skills that will make you very valuable is knowing how to connect plant devices to enterprise software such as human machine interfaces and historians.   

And to do that you will need to have a practical working knowledge of the technology called OPC and that is what this course will give you.   

By the end of this course, you will be able to install and configure OPC software to connect data from plant devices to enterprise software. You will be able to add significant value to your organization or your clients making you a very valuable team member.   

And the more valuable you are, the more income you can command.

Who this course is for:
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electrical Technicians
  • Electrical Tech or Engineering Students
  • Process Control Technicians and Engineers
  • Process Automation Engineers
Course content
Expand all 47 lectures 02:03:17
+ The Roadmap
3 lectures 04:45
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01:00
Course Guide - What to Expect
02:17
+ Why OPC Exists and Why You Need To Know It
10 lectures 27:14

The reason for OPC - An Example Scenario

Preview 03:07

The reason for OPC - The Pre-OPC Mess

Preview 02:50

The reason for OPC - The Eventual (Pre-OPC) Solution

Preview 02:21

An industrial automation task force is chartered to developed OPC.

OPC is Developed Through Pressure from Customers
01:23

An overview of the basics of what vendors had to do to comply with the OPC standard.

OPC Compliance by Vendors
03:35

OPC follows the client-server model just as in Modbus TCP/IP, and it is also similar to the Master-Slave paradigm in Modbus RS485.

The Client-Server Model of OPC
03:13

An OPC client can communicate with multiple OPC Servers and vice versa.

OPC - Multiple Clients and Servers
01:34

Different applications will inevitably represent data using different data types and structures. 

Preview 03:42

We look a solution to the customer problem using OPC technology.

Preview 03:22
Section Recap
02:07
+ The OPC Standard - Just What You Need You Need to Know and No More!
9 lectures 25:01

We look at the different types of specifications and their versions since the inception of OPC

The various Specifications within OPC
02:46

Factors to consider when choosing OPC software

Choosing OPC Application Software - What to Keep in Mind
01:55

Classic OPC uses communication methods based on COM/DCOM, both of which are Microsoft Technologies.

OPC and COM/DCOM Microsoft Technologies
01:40

OPC clients and servers exchange data items, and each item consists of a value, quality and time stamp.

Understanding the OPC Data Item
03:21

We look at the functions of these three OPC specifications.

Exploring OPC DA
02:52

We look at the function of OPC HDA.

Exploring OPC HDA
03:41

We explore the function of OPC A&E.

Exploring OPC A&E
02:47

A look at the available codes for Quality and what they mean.

OPC Quality Codes
02:56
Section Recap
03:03
+ Simulation of OPC DA Client - Server Communication
11 lectures 34:49
PLEASE! ... Learn by doing
01:28

The Software Tools that we will be using in this section

The Software Tools that we will be using in this section
02:58

A list of the various software tools that we will be using to simulate OPC communication.

How we will be setting up the Software Tools
02:09

Downloading Modsim32 and Virtual Serial Port

Downloading Modsim32 and Virtual Serial Port
03:35

Downloading the Modbus OPC Server and HMI OPC Client

Downloading the Modbus OPC Server and the OPC Client
03:32

Configuring Virtual Serial Port and Modsim32

Configuring Virtual Serial Port and Modsim32
02:42

Configuring Matrikon Modbus OPC Server

Configuring Matrikon Modbus OPC Server
03:56

Using OPC Server documentation to determine Data Item formats

Using OPC Server documentation to determine Data Item formats
03:36

Configuring Matrikon OPC Explorer (OPC Client)

Configuring Matrikon OPC Explorer (OPC Client)
06:35

Performing a Write to a Data Item

Performing a Write to a Data Item
02:44

Finalising the Software Tools Setup

Section Recap
01:34
+ OPC DA Client - Server Communication using the DL05 PLC
6 lectures 12:42

Modifying the Software Tools Setup

Modifying the Software Tools Setup
01:02

A look at the different physical characteristics of the Direct Logic 05 PLC.

Overview of the Direct Logic 05 PLC
01:42

I show you my Direct Logic PLC and how it is powered and connected as it resides on my desk.

Looking at the Direct Logic PLC on my desk
01:03

Modbus Addressing.

DL05 PLC Modbus Addressing
02:29

Configuring the Software Tools for connection to DL06 PLC

Configuring the Software Tools for connection to DL06 PLC
03:42

Running the Hardware/Software Setup for OPC Communication

Running the Hardware/Software Setup for OPC Communication
02:44
+ Simulation of OPC HDA Client - Server Communication
5 lectures 10:27

The Software Tools Setup we will be using

The Software Tools Setup we will be using
02:00

Introduction to the OPC Server Simulator

Introduction to the OPC Server Simulator
01:41

Downloading the Matrikon OPC HDA Explorer

Downloading the Matrikon OPC HDA Explorer
01:07

Connecting to the OPC Server Simulator with the OPC Explorer

Connecting to the OPC Server Simulator with the OPC Explorer
02:54

Running the Simulation

Configuring and Running the OPC HDA Explorer
02:45
+ OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA)
2 lectures 06:31

The Limitations of COM and DCOM

The Limitations of COM and DCOM
02:42

A Look at OPC Unified Architecture

A Look at OPC Unified Architecture through an example
03:49