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Communication between different OPC servers

Hi

Can you please help me to know the communication method used in the communication between different OPC servers?

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Hello,

OPC servers do not communicate with one another. OPC clients and OPC servers can communicate to each other and they use COM (Component object model).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component_Object_Model

Regards,

Mark
http://www.peakhmi.com/

Check this site out about Understanding OPC.
http://www.matrikonopc.com/resources/opc-tutorials.aspx

>Can you please help me to know the communication method used
>in the communication between different OPC servers?

Regards..

I am just reading the basics of OPC. Could someone provide me with examples of OPC servers and OPC clients? Can we see them physically? I read OPC server is only a software and not a device. Is it right?

Correct Software. Do you have an actual application your considering to use OPC with, like PLC, RTU other ?

>I am just reading the basics of OPC. Could someone provide
>me with examples of OPC servers and OPC clients? Can we see
>them physically? I read OPC server is only a software and
>not a device. Is it right?

To get some hands on experience, you can download a fully functioning 30-day trial Modbus/TCP OPC Server and OPC Client here:

http://automatedsolutions.com/products/opc-da/asmbtcp-opc.asp

If you do not have a Modbus/TCP device, the OPC Server includes simulation mode so no hardware devices are needed. Or, if you prefer to use a Modbus/TCP device, you can download Modbus/TCP Server software here:

http://automatedsolutions.com/products/activex/communications/asmbslave.asp

Both can run on the same PC.

-Mark / Automated Solutions
http://automatedsolutions.com

There are a number of OPC Foundation Videos out there. You may want to check out this overview on their site.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uEJgYhYpYA

There is also a new one on OPC UA, which is quickly catching hold as the new standard. See the first video.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOPCFoundation/videos

If you want another resource of good training material, check out OPCTI.
https://www.youtube.com/user/opcti