We have developed a Plugin for Visual Components that we would like to share with you.
The plugin exposes model information through OPC-UA, a trending communication protocol, creating a server that interacts with the Visual Components model bidirectionally.
You can find the source code here: https://github.com/SintefRaufossManufacturing/vc2opcua
You can find a Windows installer here: https://github.com/SintefRaufossManufacturing/vc2opcua/releases
When the plugin is installed, a new panel will be added to the main window in Visual Components.
After the server is started, all active components are exposed in an OPCUA server (only accesible locally by your own PC), that allows access (read/write) to their signals and properties.
Companies using Visual Components for simulating their shopfloor and OPC-UA as the communication protocol for their machines might find this plugin useful, since factory control programs can use the same protocol both for production and for simulation. We believe this can result in more agile improvements of shopfloor control programs, and faster deployment from simulation to real production.
The plugin is free, under GPL 2.0 license. Feel free to use it.