Older hardware and modern software often do not speak the same language, which makes it impossible for legacy field devices connected via serial links to communicate directly with the OpenTAS terminal management system. This usually requires an additional computer that converts the loading hardware’s legacy signals for the OpenTAS software. The TCP-X-Unit is a new, compact solution from Implico which
considerably simplifies the previously required hardware environment. At the same time it represents a major step toward the Internet of Things (IoT).
The new TCP-X-Unit converts the field device’s RS-232 signal into a TCP/IP signal and transmits it to the OpenTAS automation
processes via Ethernet protocol.
The new complete solution is a suite comprising the powerful Matrix-504 microcomputer and suitable software developed by Implico especially for OpenTAS connectivity. Except for this pocket-sized computer, no further hardware is required for the connection. The TCP-X-Unit introduces the Internet of Things into loading processes: Not only can the device be serviced and operated remotely, users are also able to monitor data throughput from anywhere and view the information sent most recently.