Anyone with experience with OPC Integrator in Experion?

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Guest asked 4 years ago

Anyone with experience with OPC Integrator in Experion?  We would like to use it.  Does it work well?  Any problems with it?  Where does it run?

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Jason Baum answered 3 years ago

OPC Integrator is a neat application that runs on the Experion server or servers in case of redundancy.  It only runs on one server at a time.  The concept is simple, it grabs data from one tag on one OPC Server (Like the HCI/TPN Server on the legacy Honeywell TDC/TPS System) and shoves it into another tag on another OPC Server (Like another HCI/TPN Server on a different LCN or like the OPC Server that comes with various Safety Systems like Triconex).  
I have seen customers using this to transfer data from one unit to another unit.  Also, I have seen the transfer of data to/from safety shutdown systems.  It can also pull data from PHD and push it into tags in Experion, for example, however, Experion has the capability of collecting tags from any system that has an OPC Server and storing that data in Quickbuilder/SCADA tags using the standard, Channel/Controller/Tag method.
One gotcha you need to watch out for is that the OPC Integrator can overload the Experion system and lead to unexplainable issues!  Make sure to really slow the frequency down of the data transfer if you use it to the slowest acceptable frequency.  

Jason Baum answered 3 years ago

OPC Integrator is a neat application that runs on the Experion server or servers in case of redundancy.  It only runs on one server at a time.  The concept is simple, it grabs data from one tag on one OPC Server (Like the HCI/TPN Server on the legacy Honeywell TDC/TPS System) and shoves it into another tag on another OPC Server (Like another HCI/TPN Server on a different LCN or like the OPC Server that comes with various Safety Systems like Triconex).  
I have seen customers using this to transfer data from one unit to another unit.  Also, I have seen the transfer of data to/from safety shutdown systems.  It can also pull data from PHD and push it into tags in Experion, for example, however, Experion has the capability of collecting tags from any system that has an OPC Server and storing that data in Quickbuilder/SCADA tags using the standard, Channel/Controller/Tag method.
One gotcha you need to watch out for is that the OPC Integrator can overload the Experion system and lead to unexplainable issues!  Make sure to really slow the frequency down of the data transfer if you use it to the slowest acceptable frequency.  

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