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Connection to industrial automation software (OPC?!)

asked 2013-12-18 21:15:18 -0500

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updated 2014-01-28 17:18:52 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

Hello,

I´m searching for a way to connect ROS to standard industrial automation software like Freelance, WinCC/PCS7, Wonderware etc. The obvious approach would be to use OPC (UA) but I can´t find a lot of info to this here in the wiki. I heard that there are some projects using OPC but I just don´t find any information. Did anybody use OPC with ROS or has some info about it? Maybe there are some easier solutions?

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answered 2013-12-19 03:51:05 -0500

I am aware of one effort to integrate ROS and OPC UA. This was done by Fraunhofer IPA, but as far as I know this was not open sourced.

I have looked into doing this in the past. There are several open source OPC clients (ex: http://www.openopcua.org/ ). Creating a bridge between ROS utilizing these clients should be relatively straight forward for specific cases.

The more general case of creating a generic ROS bridge to OPC is a little more difficult, but one that I have interest in. Should you decide to go down this road, please let me know.

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