We have moved a lab from another state in with us at my location and they use proprietary(Proger) devices ran by a software called Prowin. Everything operates via R232 connections and the software was configured/supported overseas. What we would like to do is connect Opto controllers to act as kind of a man in the middle to pass data being read by the proprietary devices to our Aspen historian application. The “controllers” are not connected via ethernet but directly to stand alone PC’s via RS232. Getting the PC’s(HMI) computers connected to our network isnt a problem but we are needing some guidance on how to proceed to get Opto to collect the data. Personally my goal is to use this as a stop gap until we could move the processes over to Opto completely but currently we have to leave these process running the Prowin.
A few problems that we are running into is that there are very few people in our company in Germany that supports this setup. Instead of running a custom proprietary solution we want to go with Opto that is more widely used, supported, as well as its something we understand to a certain degree. As far as I know the Prowin uses several configuration files but Im not certain of how and where it stores data.
Can anyone help me at least get started with this or point me in the right direction? Currently Aspen is using Opto’s OPC capabilities to collect data and the Proger systems do not have any sort of OPC server built in. Our hope is to use Opto to collect the data and use its OPC functionality without interupting the Proger/Prowin systems.