OPC DataHub Attracts UK Distributor
M.A.C Solutions, a leading distributor of OPC
techology in the UK, sees the OPC DataHub as an ideal
Georgetown, Ontario (November 5, 2007) Cogent Real-Time Systems has recently reached
an agreement with M.A.C Solutions in the United Kingdom to
distribute the OPC DataHub. M.A.C Solutions, a leading
provider of automation control solutions, believes strongly in
the value of open standards, and regards the OPC DataHub as
the perfect complement to their current hardware and OPC
"The OPC DataHub is multi-faceted, with something for
everyone," said Dave Hammond, Product Manager at M.A.C Solutions.
"Secure tunnelling is of great interest at the moment, as well
as email and SMS messaging. Of course, sending OPC data to MES
and ERP systems is vital, and viewing data on the web is quite
handy as well. It is really a complete package."
"We are pleased to have such a highly qualified
distributor in the UK," said Andrew Thomas, President of Cogent.
"M.A.C Solutions has strong marketing skills, and they recognize
the value of open standards like OPC, ODBC, TCP, and others,
that the OPC DataHub supports.
"We envision a three-step process in implementing open
standards," said Dave Hammond. He outlined these steps as
Step 1"From closed point-to-point connections between
devices to open, Ethernet-based technologies."
Step 2"From closed proprietary protocols to the open standard
Step 3"From OPC to the appropriate open-standard format, such
as TCP and the web, ODBC, email and SMS messages, DDE and
Excel, and so on."
"Step 3 is where the OPC DataHub fits into our picture,"
continued Dave. "We have used various OPC clients over the
years to do one task or another, but the OPC DataHub is a
single tool that can do any or all of them. We are excited
by the possibilities."
The OPC DataHub gives quick, reliable, and secure access
to valuable information direct from the factory floor. It is an
integrated tool that can present live process data directly on
an engineer's or manager's desk in a form most suitable:
database, spreadsheet, or web page. It provides OPC tunnelling,
bridging, and aggregation, and has a free API to support
virtually any type of OPC connectivity required.
M.A.C Solutions specialises in providing connectivity
reporting solutions to industrial customers. They are the UK
experts in network-based, automatic backup solutions for control
systems devices, such as PLCs, based wholly upon 100% open,
vendor-independent, world-wide standards including TCP/IP,
Ethernet, OPC, Web-servers, SQL databases, and PDF
Founded in 1995, Cogent Real-Time Systems is
the leader in real-time cross-platform data integration between
Windows, Linux and QNX. Customers include the Bank of Canada, Cadbury
Chocolate and the European Space Agency. Cogent leverages its
experience in real-time data communications to provide the next
generation of OPC products.