Okay, I know everyone has moved on and is having an EPIC time these days but meanwhile some of us are still in the weeds trying to support old legacy systems and equipment
We have an existing, extremely mission critical system using two SNAP-LCM4 controllers (with M4SENET-100 ethernet cards). They currently communicate to a single computer workstation running a Factory Floor Optodisplay HMI to support non-critical monitoring of this system. We have the spare legacy hardware (controllers I/O etc) to support this system for the foreseeable future which is good because replacing it would be extremely onerous due to the amount of regulatory approval required for a new system. However, we are hoping to add further automation to this site using current PAC hardware and HMI software and would still like to have one integrated PAC-Display HMI.
So what I am wondering is if anyone has come up with a way to use either Soft-PAC or a physical SNAP-PAC-S2 or EPIC controller to act as a Ethernet communication gateway between a legacy Factory Floor network and a PAC-Display HMI. I know I could use serial communication as in this example: Move data from your old controller into a PAC - via serial connection RS232/RS485 but was hoping there was a way to use ethernet instead due to the much higher data transfer capacity.