Connect is a portfolio of data connectors, forming a secure, high throughput, high volume connectivity solution for storage of process data and integration and data access to other data sources. On the control system network Connect runs as a data collection software. Connectors using buffers to ensure data storage even if the link to the Decathlon main server might be down. Connect also allows for redundant collectors to ensure high availability. Performance is very quick, allowing thousands changes per second, with 100 nanosecond resolution. Connect also provides real-time value of all signals which are stored to Decathlon History and the ability to secure write data to the control system.
Connect also provides integration to disparate data sources such as databases and ERP systems. Decathlon Services provide standard integration to e.g. SQL Server and other data sources are easy integrated using the powerful Accessor concept and templates in the Decathlon SDK (Software Development).
The native Connect to System 800xA benefits from the powerful concept of Extended Automation. Data collection to Decathlon is configured as part of the standard 800xA engineering workflow including automatic tag synchronization for effective change management and system maintenance. All process data stored in Decathlon History is available from 800xA workplaces for trending, event presentation and Excel reporting.
For ABB Essential Automation and 3rd party control systems, Connect uses a generic OPC data connector. Supported interfaces are OPC DA, HDA and UA. Data collection is configured using the Decathlon History configuration tool including powerful bulk data engineering tools.