Evaluation Guide

OPC Systems.NET is comprised of several .NET assemblies used to accomplish real-time communications to OPC Servers, OPC Clients, Visual Studio.NET applications, Microsoft Excel, and database engines like SQL Server, Oracle, mySQL, and Access.

You do not have to be a programmer to use most of the components, and all of the components can be implemented with no programming experience.


1) Download OPCSystems.NET


2) If you don’t have an existing OPC Server you can download a demo version of Kepware’s OPC Server here.

The Kepware demo will run for 2 hours and will need to be restarted.


3) If you do not have Visual Studio you can download Visual Studio Express here.

Select either Visual Basic Express or Visual C# Express if you are creating OPC Systems Windows HMI or OPC WPF HMI applications.

Select Visual Web Developer for OPC WEB HMI.


4) If you want to log data to SQL Express you can download the free 32 Bit version here or the 64 Bit Version here.

You can also log data to existing database such as SQL Server, Oracle, Access or My SQL or to CSV files.


5) The next step is to review the OPC Systems Quick Start Example guide.


Below are some commonly used links to sections of the Quick Start Guide.

How to connect OPC Systems to your OPC Server

How to configure OPC Systems Tags

How to configure Data Logging

How to create a OPC Windows HMI

How to create a OPC WPF HMI in Visual Studio

How to create a OPC WPF HMI in Expression Blend

How to create a OPC Web HMI in Visual Studio

How to add trending

How to add alarming

How to access data programmatically

Remote data access

Remote TCP Port Security

How to set up OPC Systems security


6) Review OPC Systems Configuration reference guide for more detail on configuration.


More information and help for all features are included in this help file.