ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity

Key Benefits

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity, powered by Kepware, leverages OPC and IT-centric communication protocols to provide a single source of industrial data to all manufacturing software applications, automation devices, and machines whether they are remote, local, IoT-ready or legacy. With ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity you can connect, manage, monitor, and control diverse automation devices and software applications through one intuitive user interface. It also seamlessly integrates with the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform, for enhanced visibility into plant floor assets at any time and from any location. By providing secure and seamless data communications across the factory, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity reduces downtime and improves productivity and decision-making.

Single Source for Industrial IoT Data

Connect, manage, monitor, and control factory devices and software applications on one centralized platform. Leveraging OPC and IT-centric communication protocols, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity provides a reliable, secure, and integrated data source.

Industry-Standard Protocols and Drivers

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity connects to thousands of devices and systems common in a variety of industries, including Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Power & Utilities. Supporting 300 industrial protocols via more than 150 drivers, across a variety of wired and wireless mediums, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity has the flexibility to overcome any data-connectivity challenge, enabling you to do more with your data.

Customizable Security

To ensure secure, authenticated, and encrypted communications across various network topologies, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity leverages SSL and TLS protocols. It also includes capabilities for controlling user access to the server, data source, or data values, regulating read/write access, providing the ability to disconnect client applications, and supporting the configuration of secure data tunnels.

Optimized Communications

Leveraging a variety of methods, such as data conditioning and reduction, customized load balancing, and protocol-specific optimizations, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity optimizes communication performance to limit bandwidth and resource utilization.

Advanced Diagnostics

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity enables you to seamlessly view historical and real-time diagnostic information within the ThingWorx industrial innovation platform or other 3rd party applications. Communication diagnostics allow you to capture the protocol frames transferred between the server and any device.

Seamless Connectivity and Codeless Mapping

Integrates seamlessly with the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform, including codeless mapping to the portfolio of devices supported by ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity. With ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity and the ThingWorx platform, you can configure connectivity to an industrial device, map tags to the ThingModel, maintain and view mapping directly from the ThingWorx platform, and more.

Components & Features

Data Access

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity provides data to client applications, IoT and Big Data analytics software via OPC, proprietary protocols, IT protocols, and flow measurement export to common Oil & Gas industry and customized formats.

  • Supports the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) specification and many of the OPC Classic specifications, including OPC Data Access (OPC DA), OPC Alarms and Events (OPC AE), and OPC Historical Data Access (OPC HDA).
  • Provides data to leading automation software, including iFIX by GE Intelligent Platforms (NIO) and InTouch by Wonderware (SuiteLink/FastDDE) via automation interfaces.
  • Leverages multiple interfaces, such as ODBC and SNMP, to integrate with IT applications. Communicates with Splunk software and cloud services via the Industrial Data Forwarder for Splunk.
  • Exports current as well as historical data at a predefined rate in cases where information needs to be made available via a file or database.

Communications Optimization

Reduce network and device load via data conditioning and reduction, customized load balancing, and protocol-specific communications optimization.

  • Define redundant network paths, primary and secondary data sources, and applicable failover criteria where ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity is used in critical applications that require maximum uptime.
  • For customized load-balancing, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity provides tools to schedule the frequency of communications and throttle the demand across the network.
  • To reduce network overhead and device processing, ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity aggregates identical requests from different applications whenever possible.
  • Remotely apply programmatic changes to your ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity configuration via third-party client applications, such as SCADA, HMI, IoT applications, and simple web applications.

Enhanced Connectivity via Industry-Standard Drivers

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity supports a library of more than 150 drivers, the broadest range of drivers available on the market today.

  • Drivers support devices across various industries, a variety of wired and wireless network mediums, and connectivity to databases, custom software applications, and other OPC servers
  • ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity supports a variety of telemetry solutions, such as cellular, radio, and satellite modems. These provide additional ways to optimize communications through virtual networks, timing parameters, and more.
  • In order to test new components, you can place a data source into simulation mode prior to deployment.

Advanced Diagnostics

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity offers diagnostics for real-time and historical views of OPC events and communications diagnostics.

  • OPC Diagnostics provide a real-time and historical view of OPC events between any OPC client and the server, including method calls made by the client or callbacks made by the server.
  • Using Communication Diagnostics you can capture the protocol frames transferred between the server and any device in real-time, and get indications on the driver's performance. All read and write operations can be viewed or tracked directly in an OPC client application using built-in diagnostics tags.
  • Diagnostics information can be viewed either within ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity, the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform, or 3rd party applications. It is provided through system-defined tags and accessible to the same clients connecting to the data sources.

What's Included in the ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity Trial

Limit Item Notes
2 Hours You can try all Industrial Connectivity features for two (2) hours. The evaluation period can be repeated by stopping and starting the software.
Unlimited Channel, device, and tag counts There are no other limitations to the trial.

ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity Trial FAQ

FAQs related to the ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity Trial.

How do I install the ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity trial?

This Installation Guide provides helpful tips on how to install ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity.

For how long can I access the ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity trial?

You can test out all the capabilities of ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity for an unlimited period of time.

Who should I contact with comments or issues regarding the ThingWorx Developer Portal?

Please reach out to our team TWX-DevZoneHelp@ptc.com with any issues, comments, or suggestions.