Functioning of the IPLAS system

Would you like to have a modern, stable and, above all, extremely useful system for production monitoring and optimization in your plant? You’ve come to the right place!

IPLAS is a system that safely provides reliable information about the monitored production process: no matter how geographically dispersed it is, how complex its structure and the nature of the collected data. The software uses the latest technology in order to:

  • collect data,
  • process data,
  • store data,
  • visualize and present data,
  • control access to data.

Collection of data

IPLAS has a flexible modular structure consisting of one or more Gateway modules. You can run it on both Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/ Server, as well as Linux and OS-X systems.

The system uses plugins adapted to many data sources, which may be:

  • OPC DA servers, both via COM and DCOM interfaces,
  • OPC UA servers,
  • any SQL database (Oracle, DB2, Informix, MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLBase Gupta),
  • any text files TXT, CSV, XML,
  • XLS, XLSX spreadsheets,
  • Webservice SOAP and REST services.
Gateway modules are managed centrally by the service which is the entry point to the IPLAS system. They transmit the read data for permanent storage and further processing. Gateway modules transmit data in the so-called logical channels. Each module may contain different data, whilst the data may be retrieved from a different source, with one module supporting multiple independent channels. The communication status is monitored on an ongoing basis by a central service. In the event of communication breakdown, e.g. due to a connection failure, the Gateway module can operate in an autonomous mode, collecting the read data locally. After the connection is restored, the collected data will be safely transferred to the IPLAS system.

Data processing

In production, it is important not only to have ongoing access to data, but also the ability to quickly draw the right conclusions. Depending on what you want to analyse or control, you can use the ETL wizard (Extraction, Transformation and Load), which is an inseparable element of IPLAS.

To put it simply, ETL is an intuitive “block system” based on drag & drop technology, thanks to which you can build your own data processing processes (or use ready-made templates) and examine production data (current or historical, e.g. a few months ago) in the angle you are interested in. Not even knowing the programming languages.

Data storage

Data in the IPLAS system can be stored in the cloud. A cloud is a separate place on a properly prepared server that provides disk, computing and memory resources. It ensures adequate protection of data, both against their loss and against unauthorized access. Thanks to this, you have access to the monitoring system from anywhere in the world which is reached by the Internet, 24 hours a day.

If the approach assuming the use of the cloud as a place for data storage and processing is not appropriate or is contrary to the security rules applicable in your plant, we can install the entire IPLAS system in the internal IT infrastructure. Thanks to it, the data is not sent outside the company network, and you gain access to the full analytical functionality of IPLAS.

Visualization/Data presentation

The IPLAS system allows you to visualize and present data in many different, readable and understandable ways. It offers a wide range of data presentation methods, such as: tables, charts, meters, synoptic maps, defined alarms with e-mail or SMS notifications, or analysis of trends, from which it is possible to build your own reporting dashboard.

The presentation layer is based on data already processed by ETL processes. In the vast majority of cases, reports refresh almost immediately. Thanks to this, it is possible to create information screens containing graphs refreshed every few seconds.

Access Control

The IPLAS system offers the possibility of granting authorizations to review and define reports. Therefore, only authorized persons have access to view and modify channel parameters in Gateway modules and ETL processing.