Rockwell PLC data on Microsoft Azure RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    A tyre industry is interested in enhancing its productivity, machine up times, labour management, mental happiness and operational efficiency. This is a big step. Nevertheless, the plan of action depends on number of individual processes and their results to generate an intelligent and interactive system. 

    It all started with processes clarity, operational revisions, expected productivity targets, timelines, design viability etc. I am now structuring an architecture for central data management and manipulation. Let me enter into the specific challenge for which I am currently finding a robust solution.

    I have many sensors, actuators, transmitters etc which are the actual data generators for my system. All the data generated from these physical devices is collected in a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) for process handling and automation. Traditionally, I embed all the PLC data in a SQL database on a local server. Now, I want to move this data to a cloud database for central management. Naturally, as Microsoft is an industrial partner with Rockwell Automation, I was going through Microsoft Azure cloud platform documents to meet my goals. Additionally, Rockwell PLC's exchange data with Microsoft operating systems using OPC server/client architecture. 

    Is it possible to send data from Rockwell PLC to Microsoft Azure cloud database using OPC client/server communication protocol?

    I am glad to take this discussion ahead! Hoping for a reply.


    Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:07 PM

All replies

  • Hi Hrish1,

    Thank you very much for your inquiry. I am working internally with our Product Group to identify if this is currently supported. I will get back you when I have accurate information to share. If you have additional details to share such as  size and scope of the requirements, that would be helpful.


    Satish Boddu

    Thanks & Regards ^Satish Boddu -MSFT Azure CXP Community

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 2:12 AM
  • Thanks for the reply Satish! If the communication is feasible, I would be happy to take this discussion ahead. This is because OPC standard is the only way standalone Rockwell PLC's can communicate to any third party OPC supported data exchange tools. 

    Waiting for a technical confirmation. Regards.

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:49 AM
  • Hello Satish,

    Can you also share the timeline for the confirmation? From my end, this needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

    Hope you address soon. Thanks

    Sunday, April 12, 2020 6:45 AM
  • Hello Hrish1,

    Yes, it is possible send data from Rockwell PLC to Microsoft Azure cloud database using OPC client/server communication protocol.

    Please refer this GitHub repo For Industrial IoT. I would also suggest to follow this up-to-date documentation regarding Industrial IoT. You may also contact an Azure IoT specialist who can help you get started.


    Satish Boddu.

    Thanks & Regards ^Satish Boddu -MSFT Azure CXP Community

    Sunday, April 12, 2020 7:15 AM
  • Hello Hrish1,

    Just checking back. Please let us know how can we assist you further. Please do 'Mark as answer' if you find the response helpful which will help community members.

    Thanks & Regards ^Satish Boddu -MSFT Azure CXP Community

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:42 PM