Inside of WinCC OA version 3.17, Node-RED is natively supported. This is important because this furthers the evolution of Siemens WinCC OA platform to support the ever-growing IIoT device market. To be concise, Node-RED will allow WinCC OA to communicate with an exponential number of sensors and devices directly.
In the WinCC OA graphical editor, you can access Node-RED via the drop-down Tools menu.
This will launch the Node-RED editor. From there you can start working with Node-RED.
WinCC OA Nodes
The WinCC OA installation of the Node-RED application contains proprietary WinCC OA nodes. They work similarly to the corresponding functions in WinCC OA. Here is an example:
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About WinCC OA
SIMATIC WinCC OA (OA) is a powerful, flexible and diverse SCADA/HMI/MES/IIoT platform used to control and monitor industrial applications. The object-oriented platform is able to handle network complexity with ease, allowing for anywhere from 2 to 2,048 distributed control systems to be connected on a single network. Highly customizable, each individual system can be calibrated as a redundant or non-redundant, single, or multi-user system. The software supports a number of device connectivity options that include but not limited to Siemens, Rockwell, Schneider Electric, OPC/OPC UA Standards, MQTT, Web Services, Node-RED, and allows for customized distributions and branding, making it a great platform for software OEMs in addition to end-users.
From the Node-RED website: Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services. Primarily, it is a visual tool designed for the Internet of Things, but it can also be used for other applications to very quickly assemble flows of various services.
Node-RED is open-source and was originally created by the IBM Emerging Technology organization. It is included in IBM’s Bluemix (a Platform-as-a-Service or PaaS) IoT starter application package. Node-RED can also be deployed separately using the Node.js application. At present, Node-RED is a JS Foundation project. You can learn more by visiting their site directly @ https://nodered.org/