New OPC Server software boosts Foxboro I/A Series system interoperability

Foxboro’s AIM*OPC Server software can access both real-time and historical data and share it with any OPC-compliant application to help simplify the exchange of information across an enterprise.

Foxboro’s AIM*OPC Server software expands the existing interoperability of the I/A Series control system. Part of the I/A Series Information Suite, the new software can access both real-time and historical data and share it with any OPC-compliant application to help simplify the exchange of information across an enterprise.

‘Today, many companies are standardizing on OPC as a way to easily share data across their organisation,’ said Brian Barry, Application Software Marketing manager at Invensys Process Systems-Foxboro. ‘The new AIM*OPC Server capabilities enhance Foxboro’s existing OPC client functionality by allowing real-time and historical information to be integrated into other OPC-compliant process control and business applications.’

Two versions of the OPC Server software are available: DA, for real-time data access and HDA, for historical data access.

The AIM*OPC DA Server package reportedly complies with the OPC data access specifications for the exchange of data between an OPC-compliant application and either the I/A Series system or AIM*Historian. It provides read and write access to real-time object data in the I/A Series control system via either UNIX or Windows NT-based workstations. A single OPC server can provide access to data from multiple I/A Series workstations.

The AIM*OPC HDA Server package is said to support OPC standards for historical data access and processing interface, providing historical data access interfaces to the AIM*Historian. The main interface helps users retrieve item attributes (data type, instance, high/low range, etc.), aggregate data (average, standard, deviation, etc.), raw historical data, and historian status, as well as browse the server for available OPC item IDs.

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