Eycon-10 to Intouch connection

Hello. I need to connect an Eycon-10 to an Intouch SCADA. I need to do it through Ethernet so I think i need to use the Modbus TCP driver, but i have no idea how to extract the Modbus address from the device, or what technical manual do i have to read first. Please help.
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  • Hi Jaime. Can you advise your location and I will put you in touch with a local office who can help you as it is not straightforward. You can find information in our User guides which are all available on our website www.eurotherm.com
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  • Ian Roughsedge (Product Manager - Systems) November 25, 2016 15:04
    Hi Jamie,

    Do please advise your location as Mark suggests above so that we can provide best support. The following may be useful to you as a general guide though, and it is useful to know that getting something going can be straightforward.

    From your post it sounds like you have a classic InTouch based solution rather than System Platform with InTouch. There are a few differing options between the two, and not being sure if you have worked on the existing system it would be useful to be clear about that point (sometimes people refer to InTouch SCADA when they actually have System Platform with InTouch clients).

    On the basis you have a classic InTouch SCADA, there are essentially two main options to hook up InTouch to the Eycon.

    1. Wonderware MODBUS TCP Driver

    2. Eurotherm Ethernet LIN (ELIN) Communications Driver

    For clarity, these options are expanded on separately below.
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  • Ian Roughsedge (Product Manager - Systems) November 25, 2016 15:21
    MODBUS TCP Driver

    If the InTouch SCADA is an existing installation, and you have only one Eycon to integrate, the MODBUS TCP may be a good route to follow. This could be especially appropriate if you already have experience with the Wonderware MODBUS TCP Driver.

    Using MODBUS TCP you will be integrating data values only. The alarm system of the Eycon and the SCADA will not be integrated e.g. the users of the system may have to acknowledge alarms at both the Eycon (if alarms are configured there) and the InTouch SCADA. This may be a problem in some applications and you may like to consider the Eurotherm LIN (ELIN) Communication driver option that can provide fully integrated alarm management.

    You ask about extracting MODBUS addresses from the Eycon. By default, the Eycon has no MODBUS Table configured and it may be there is no MODBUS capability configured. It is quite straightforward to add MODBUS capability to the Eycon, in this application a MODBUS TCP Slave configuration would typically be the most appropriate solution at the Eycon; with the InTouch SCADA being a MODBUS TCP Master.

    You can use the MODBUS Tools provided with LINtools on the PAC DVD to create a MODBUS table. You will define your own addresses in the MODBUS table and then browse to data in the Econ and link it to the MODBUS address.
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  • Ian Roughsedge (Product Manager - Systems) November 25, 2016 15:48
    Eurotherm Ethernet LIN (ELIN) Communications Driver

    For new a new SCADA system where classic InTouch is being considered to connect to Eycon, we would recommend Eurotherm Operations Server/Viewer. This includes specific comms drivers developed by Eurotherm utilising Wonderware InTouch tool kits to fully integrate data and alarms with no configuration of the Tag Dictionary at InTouch. All Eycon data and alarms will automatically appear at the InTouch SCADA.

    http://www.eurotherm.co.uk/products/p...

    This provides a fully integrated solution for the Eycon and other LIN based controllers such as T2550, T2750 and legacy T103 etc.

    In your case you could simply add the existing Eycon application into a new Eurotherm project and all data would be immediately available at the InTouch based SCADA. There would be no communication configuration, simply declare the computer and copy the Eycon application in. This would provide detail point pages for all major function blocks (AI, PID etc.) showing all function block settings (ranges, modes, tuning constants, options, status, alarm limits, alarm priorities etc.) as well as including fully integrated alarm management allowing alarm acknowledge at Eycon or InTouch.

    Similar levels of integration can be achieved with existing InTouch SCADA applications, but of course some effort is required to integrate the two InTouch applications. Depending upon your knowledge and experience, this is that part that Mark indicated may not be entirely straight forward, although it is entirely possible and is undertaken from time to time.
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  • Thanks a lot, it's a classic Intouch application. I read the older documentation and it suggest to use OPC, so I tried to use the FS Gateway driver from Wonderware.

    But i haven't made the MODBUS table.

    Thanks a lot.
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  • Ian Roughsedge (Product Manager - Systems) November 28, 2016 08:49
    Hi Jamie,

    Use of OPC to interface your classic InTouch to the Eycon would be another option,. At the Eycon end, you have to do nothing, but you would need to install the Eurotherm LINOPC Server at a PC/Server.

    The Eurotherm LINOPC Server uses Ethernet LIN (ELIN) to communicate with Eycon.

    The LINOPC Server is licensed and so you would need to purchase a license. Through OPC you could get immediate access to all data in the Eycon, with no configuration at all at the Eycon. This would be an advantage of this approach, no modifications would be required to the Eycon and no tag type configuration at the LINOPC server, it just works. All you would have to do is set up the InTouch tag dictionary (something not required with Eurotherm Operations Server/Viewer where the data is served up automatically with no configuration by the communication drivers - see posts above).

    This method would not provide fully integrated alarm management, and in that sense is comparable to the MODBUS TCP apporach. However, using LINOPC would avoid the need to make any Eycon modifications which could be a significant advantage if the Eycon is installed and running to the end users satisfaction.
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  • I've spoken with my client, the network configuration is one Intouch SCADA application and three Eycon-10 controllers.

    Do you recomend the use of the "Operations Server and Viewer"?

    I have no experience using Modbus, i use Siemens and Rockwell automation devices. I have experience with Intouch, but i can't speak for my client so i want to use the most trasparent solution.

    Thanks in advance.
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  • Hi Jaime. Can you email me at support@eurotherm.co.uk so I can put you in touch witha local support resource. Thanks.
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