Industrial Electronics

Softing SmartLink product family offers extended functionalities for plant asset management

18 August 2022

Two product releases from Softing's SmartLink family offer enhanced functionalities for plant asset management and the implementation of Industry 4.0 connectivity in industrial networks.

The SmartLink product family enables end customers to make efficient use of connectivity at the interface between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), and allow simple and scalable integration of device data into plant asset management applications. The new versions of SmartLink HW-DP v1.20 and SmartLink SW-HT v1.20, which are now available, offer enhanced functionalities for data transfer and connectivity.

SmartLink HW-DP enables access to process, asset and diagnostic data from PROFIBUS devices and HARTSource: SoftingSource: Softing devices connected to PROFIBUS remote I/Os, as well as secure export to any system inside and outside the user's own network. The new version v1.20 now adds support for providing asset and diagnostic data from field devices via message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). This allows easy integration into typical internet of things (IoT) system architectures, such as the Namur Open Architecture (NOA) or the IoT reference architectures of large cloud platforms.

SmartLink SW-HT allows access to configuration and diagnostic data via Emerson's AMS Device Manager or other HART IP-enabled plant asset management applications. As the only solution available on the market, SmartLink SW-HT has so far supported Schneider Electric M580 controllers and drop I/Os as well as Allen-Bradley controllers and remote I/Os. Version v1.20 now also connects Emerson AMS Device Manager to HART devices connected to R.Stahl IS1+ remote I/O. More and more modern remote IOs are using Ethernet as a connection to the controller. SmartLink SW-HT takes this trend into account by providing an Ethernet connection for tunneling HART commands to remote IOs. As a Docker container, SmartLink SW-HT can be managed via Kubernetes-based management platforms or services of the major cloud platforms.

Both new product versions expand the possibilities for end customers to implement open, standards-based, and scalable system architectures with the SmartLink product family and to integrate connectivity into IT-managed edge solutions.

Softing will present SmartLink HW-DP and SmartLink SW-HT at Achema 2022 to be held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 22 to August 26, in Hall 11.0, Booth E16.

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