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    Alpaco Catering and Equipment
    University of the Free State
    With more than 30 years of experience, IDX’s core business is enabling data connectivity between industrial systems with simple but cost-effective industrial communications solutions.
    IDX has practical experience with most industrial fieldbuses and protocols including but not limited to AS-interfread moreace (ASi), Controller Area Network (CAN), CANOpen, DeviceNet, Foundation Fieldbus (FF), InterBus, MODBUS TCP, MODBUS Serial, MODBUS RTU, OPC, PROFIBUS, PROFINET and Serial (RS232, RS485 & RS422).
    We understand the industrial requirements for relevant, accurate and timely data, especially in real-time applications. We have an in-depth grasp of the physics of network operations and solutions for balancing network load and optimising throughput while still offering deterministic real-time behaviour.
    We work closely with most major vendors (ABB, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell, OSIsoft, Siemens, Wonderware & Yokogawa) and their various products suites. We have faced and have workarounds for common communications head-aches such as setting up OPC connections across domains, implementing smart buffering to prevent PLC’s being overcome by the communications burden on multiple client subscriptions and many, many more.
    Most factories and plants are constructed with an intended life-span of 25 or more years. However, the rate of technology advance means that older (and sometimes key) systems on sites become increasingly hard to integrate with newer systems that are installed at a later date. In some cases, these integration problems can be circumvented by expensive upgrades but in many, this is either not viable or no upgrade is offered. IDX has created a number of legacy bridges over the years and is able to develop others where such a requirement exists and the development cost can be justified.
    So if you need to connect something and get to move information around? Simply IDX it!

    Alpaco Catering and Equipment
    University of the Free State

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