York, Pa. – May 9, 2018 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced that its powerful Crimson 3.1 software now supports the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) communication functionality for industrial automation developed by the OPC Foundation.
For use with Red Lion’s HMIs and data acquisition products, those deploying OPC UA to collect data can now do so without the need for additional hardware, software, or special code to populate the data. Customers can take machine data directly to enterprise business systems using a single solution from a single source.
With support of OPC UA, Crimson 3.1 acts as a server to publish data for OPC UA clients, often from the shop floor to the data center. With the ability to converse with over 300 industrial protocols, Crimson 3.1 can connect to disparate automation devices and deliver that data to enterprise business systems simply and easily without the need for additional hardware or software licenses.
“With OPC UA gaining traction as an easy, modern way to move data, we understood it would be useful for any manufacturing industry trying to capture data from many different automation systems,” said Paul Bunnell, product management director for automation products at Red Lion Controls. “Red Lion HMI and data acquisition products with Crimson 3.1 software simplifies harnessing the value of industrial information.”
Today Crimson 3.1’s OPC UA Server works with all Red Lion Graphite HMIs, Graphite Controllers and CR3000 HMIs. Crimson 3.1 software features support for additional Ethernet and serial drivers such as EtherNet/IP, DNP3, Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU and many others. With an intuitive, drag-and-drop graphical user interface and a variety of hardware offerings each supporting multiple simultaneous conversions, customers can easily integrate new functionality into virtually any PLC or SCADA system. Visit the Red Lion YouTube channel for helpful video tutorials.