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OPC DX Plug-in for KEPServerEX OPC technology has been extremely successful at bridging the vertical communication gap between the plant floor and the control room. Using standards such as OPC Data Access (DA), hundreds of software applications have been written to gather data from a wide range of control systems using this simple Client/Server architecture. OPC DA did not, however, address the needs of integration and interoperability directly between devices. Historically there have been a number of high-level and low-level bus protocols, each one written to address the differing needs and uses of the devices they were intended to serve. Protocols such as PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, ControlNet, and many more, have been utilized in the past. Recently there has been a growing movement towards the use of Ethernet as an industrial communication backbone. Initially each of these respective bus specifications was redeveloped for use over Ethernet. The resulting PROFInet, Ethernet/IP, High-Speed Ethernet Fieldbus (HSE), and BACNET/IP provided a means for customers to move smoothly from their proprietary wiring schemes to Ethernet. However it didn’t address the key issue of true Device-to-Device interoperability or more importantly Bus-to-Bus interoperability. While these new Ethernet based protocols could coexist on the same wire, there was still no way to get data from a PROFInet device directly into an Ethernet/IP device.