Frequently asked questions

We compiled a list of questions that we often hear either in our work or in relation to our solutions. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the list, you can always contact us directly – our experts will be happy to answer your questions!

Genius Core™ 3D Digital Twin platform

How will Genius Core™ increase my production productivity?

Genius Core™ provides real-time visibility into the manufacturing process with accurate data. Acquire valuable insights and empower informed decision-making to enhance your factory floor operations. Monitor availability, minimise downtime, optimise throughput and performance, enhance quality control, identify root causes, and establish connections between process data, downtime, and waste all within an immersive real-time 3D Digital Twin environment.

What key functionalities of modeling and analysis does Genius Core ™ include?

Access rights, views, view functionalities, view content, information modelling, required analytics for 2D and 3D modeling are managed in the Genius Core™. Genius Core™ is a SaaS service. This service module, as well as our other service modules, can also be placed in the customer’s own data center or cloud platform if the SaaS service model cannot be utilised.​

What is the process for establishing connectivity between my machines and automating data collection from the factory floor?

The factory system integrations implementation is a part of our full-scale service delivery.​ The Genius OPC UA software module and our Beckhoff OPC UA connection solution ensure effortless integration with factory systems by enabling real-time data utilisation as part of a service package.​ If an OPC UA connection is not available, we use wireless sensors intended for industry to measure various quantities, with the help of which the customer gets information about the desired quantities such as the utilisation rate and power consumption of the machines, the temperatures, and humidity of the environments.

Does Genius Core™ provide quality assurance and data security?

Yes. To ensure service and software development, we have developed several processes that improves the quality and efficiency of our operations. In addition to our experience and the feedback we receive, we use Agile and Scrum methods in our development of the service and software. In our operations, we utilize ISO 9001 and ISO 27000 standards as well as ITIL and Cobit models.

Ensuring data security is of utmost importance to us. Our data collection software is designed solely to transmit data to our software, further enhancing security. Our software operates within a dedicated public cloud environment, specifically Microsoft Azure, guaranteeing a secure infrastructure.

Can you integrate Genius Core™ with my ERP system or OEE software?

Yes, Genius Core™ can integrate data from the most ERP systems as well as from the OEE, MES and SCADA software. Besides this Genius Core™ can connect with environmental sensors, device sensors, 3rd party systems like facility, material, document managers and with other manufacturing software.

Who can tell me more about the solution?

Due to the fact that manufacturers experience different needs sales team is always ready answer your questions and to find a better solution for challenge. In addition to this you can also have a Genius Workshop, where we will use a real data from the plant and provide a more precise estimate of your current case.

OPC UA

What is OPC UA?

OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) is an industrial automation and data transfer standard that enables communication between various devices, software, and systems. It plays a crucial role in enabling the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 initiatives by facilitating seamless communication and integration of diverse industrial devices and systems. 

When to use OPC UA?

OPC UA is particularly useful when you need to share data between different systems or devices from different vendors. It provides a standard interface for applications to access data from control hardware, allowing you to access data from multiple devices using a common protocol. OPC UA is a perfect match with AI for example because there are a lot of different kinds of data available. Big Data can be easily processed with AI for fast and predictive reports.

How OPC UA works?

OPC UA works is based on the client/server principle, where an OPC client requests data from an OPC server. To accomplish this, standardized communication is required on the transmission path between OPC client and server. TCP/IP was selected as the basic protocol and Ethernet as the physical standard.

What’s the difference between an OPC client and OPC server?

An OPC client is an application that requests data from an OPC server, while an OPC server is an application that provides data to an OPC client.

Why do I need OPC UA servers if my control hardware vendor says they support OPC UA? 

An OPC server provides a standard interface for applications to access data from control hardware. If your control hardware vendor supports OPC UA, it means that their hardware can be accessed through an OPC UA server. Ask IP address, username, password, and SSL key (If available) from your vendor to have access to server.

Do I need multiple OPC servers if I have multiple brands of devices? 

All logics, especially the more modern ones, can be built as OPC UA servers, and a single OPC UA client can communicate with more than one server. When investing in a new machine, verify that OPC UA Server compatibility is available.

Why are there so many OPC standards? (DA, A&E, HDA, UA)

The different standards were developed to address different needs and use cases. For example, DA (Data Access) is used for real-time data exchange, while HDA (Historical Data Access) is used for accessing historical data.

What is OPC HDA?

HDA stands for Historical Data Access. It’s a standard that defines how historical data is accessed from a data historian or other historical data source.

Why OPC UA was developed?

 UA (Unified Architecture) was developed to address some of the limitations of earlier versions of the standard, such as security and platform independence.

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