How to Setup Any PLC to Connect to NI OPC Server?

Updated Jul 26, 2019

Reported In

Software

  • OPC Servers

Issue Details

I got a new PLC from a brand with which I haven't worked before. I tried to connect to it using the NI OPC Servers Configuration. However, when I use OPC Quick Client I get an error message that says "Device <device name> with ID <device ID> is not responding" and its tags show with bad quality. Where can I find the right steps to connect this PLC to NI OPC Servers?
 

Solution

If the PLC model is supported by NI OPC Servers , you can find the steps required to setup the PLC in Driver Help of the NI OPC Servers Configuration.
 
  1. Click Help>>Driver Help…                                                                                                             
  2. Select the PLC model.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  3. Follow the steps described to setup the PLC and add it in the NI OPC Servers Configuration.

Some PLC models require third-party software to setup the PLC for OPC communication.