With this feature, SERVICE admin users can configure the Amphions to allow a device on a customer’s factory LAN, such as an MES or SCADA system, to access a machine’s Amphion red box with the UA Server Edge Upgrade to get data directly from the machine. The Amphion will read data from the machine control devices in their native protocol, convert it to OPCUA, and make it available for the factory LAN device to read via its UA server through the “To ei3” interface port. This can be done by following these steps:
Go to Admin > Networks. Search for the machine’s project number at the customer location for which you would like to enable this feature, using the search bar at the top.
Click on the edit icon next to the Action column, which will bring you to the “Edit Network” page. This page will allow you to edit the network information that your S14 Edge device is connected to.
Under the Shop Floor LAN section, check the box next to Device on Customer LAN. This will enable you to add the connectivity details from the Customer LAN device to reach the Red Box on the section that pops up once the box is checked.
First, enter your desired name for the connection so that you can identify it later. Then enter the IP Address of the Customer LAN Device. Make sure that this IP Address is correct and lies within the Customer LAN subnet configured in the network green box. This is the IP address of the device that will be allowed to connect to the machine’s red box’s UA server.
In order to access the Edge Device, the direction MUST be Customer LAN >> Machine Device.
Then select the machine(s) you would like to enable the connectivity to. The project number is displayed first followed by the ‘/’ and then the machine’s serial number.
Under the Device column, the dropdown will show you all the devices/PLCs connected to the machine you have selected, including the Red Box Amphion itself. When connecting the Customer LAN to the S14 Edge device, the Red Box Amphion should be selected.
Once the Red Box Amphion device is selected, check either one or both of the boxes under the TCP and UDP columns depending on the type of ports your device uses.
Please note that for OPC-UA collection, the TCP port is usually used.
Under the Port(s) column, enter the open ports available. You can enter up to 15 ports separated by commas, with each port being no more than 5 digits long. You can also enter a range of ports by using a colon.
Note: A commonly used OPC-UA port is 4840.
Below is an example of a completed configuration for a Customer LAN device to access a Red Box Amphion’s UA server.
You can add as many connections as there are machines under the same network by clicking on the new icon next to the Action column.
As you can see in the image above, there is a red highlighted box under the Port(s) column. You must enter the port numbers available in order to save changes and to access the Red Box before clicking on the save button at the bottom of the page.
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