In order for client applications to get data, they must connect to a server that will retrieve it for them in a standard form. The problem is that there are many devices and systems in the industrial market that you might want to get data from, but each may speak a different "language" or protocol.
It is here that Kepware’s KEPServerEX comes into play. The KEPServerEX's job is to get device and system data and translate it into a standard communication protocol (OPC or DDE) that all clients can receive and understand.
What is KEPServerEX ?
KEPServerEX is the latest generation of Kepware's OPC server technology. It was designed to allow you to quickly setup communications to your control systems via a wide range of available "Plug-in" device drivers and components.
With over 80 downloadable drivers that support hundreds of model types, getting data to you client is a snap. The KEPServerEX also provides a common and self-evident user interface across all drivers so that you feel at ease every time you use the product no matter what driver you use.
You can add many devices utilizing multiple drivers all within the KEPServerEX interface without worrying about learning new communication protocols or spending time understanding new applications.
KEPServerEX Plug-in OPC Drivers and Components
A "Plug-in" is a software program that extends the capabilities of KEPServerEX to fit the communication requirements of a specific device.
KEPServerEX is the latest generation of our OPC server technology. Building upon the original KEPserver, KEPServerEX has incorporated many of the features requested by our customers. In addition to customer driven enhancements, many technological changes have occurred.
These features and enhancements have all been made with the goal of providing an OPC server that demonstrates unparalleled compatibility and performance.
A few of the enhancements are transparent to the user, but there are a number of new features that are readily apparent and directly available to the user. The following sections will describe the primary features of KEPServerEX.
KEPServerEX has been enhanced to provide the widest range of connectivity of any server product available. KEPServerEX supports the following client server technologies:
- OPC Data Access Version 1.0a
- OPC Data Access Version 2.0
- OPC Data Access Version 2.05a
- FastDDE for Wonderware
- SuiteLink for Wonderware
- DDE Format CF_Text
- DDE Format AdvancedDDE