Advanced OPC Data Logger

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For Windows 2000 - Windows 10 (2016) (incl. Server, x86 and x64). Latest version: 3.2.9 build 1208. .


Aggregating data from multiple servers to one OPC server

Problem:

We need to collect data from some 50-60 OPC servers and export them to one OPC server. Could you tell us which edition of the program we should use (Standard, Professional, or Enterprise), and how we can do it.

Terms of reference:

To solve this problem, we are going to use Advanced OPC Data Logger or Data Logger Suite. License type: Enterprise or trial version.

Step 1: Configure the data source

Create a new configuration to receive data from the OPC server. If you have a lot of servers, we recommend that you create one configuration per 5-6 OPC servers or 500-800 tags. It all depends on how fast the data is updated on the OPC server. Each new configuration creates a separate data processing thread, which runs concurrently with the other data processing threads. Adding more configurations can make data processing faster; but if you create too many configurations, they can consume all available system resources. So you need to find the optimal combination for your system.

Read more about creating a configuration and adding groups and variables in the help file.

Keep in mind that Windows is not a real-time operating system, and that the OPC interface adds its own delay when sending data. Because of that, the update interval of about 200 milliseconds is the maximum for most systems.

If you are configuring data aggregation from identical OPC servers with identical tag names, it is recommended that you enable the option of adding the OPC server name to the tag name (figure 1). If the number of tags is relatively small, you can even assign a new name for each tag. (When assigning tag names, keep in mind that the OPC server in our program uses the dot character as the delimiter between the tag name and the group name.) This way, you can specify a hierarchical tag structure for the OPC server (for example, Group1.Group2.Group3.TagName).

Group options
Figure 1: Group options

Step 2: Select a parser

If you are using Data Logger Suite, you need to specify the parser module (figure 2). But if you are using Advanced OPC Data Logger, you do not have to do it because it has a built-in parser.

Selecting a parser
Figure 2: Selecting a parser

Step 3: Select the data export module

At the last step, you only need to select the "OPC Server" data export module in each configuration that you have created (figure 3) and disable data grouping for that module (figure 4).

The data export module
Figure 3: The data export module

OPC server settings
Figure 4: OPC server settings

Then save all the changes (click "OK" in each settings window, which will also close the window).

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