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Connecting multiple IndustrialGateways to a Thing

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Connecting multiple IndustrialGateways to a Thing

Hi, I have an application where a Thing must be connected to different Remote industrial sources (IndustrialGateways). What is the best practive to do so ? When using remote thing template, I can only select a single object. 

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Re: Connecting multiple IndustrialGateways to a Thing

Hello jponcharal,

 

Thank you for reaching out on the ThingWorx Developers Community.

 

I would recommend you take a look at the following article which provides a good overview of the connection between ThingWorx Platform and KEPServerEX/ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity:

https://www.ptc.com/en/support/article?n=CS279234

 

In order to connect to multiple industrial sources (Kep/TWX Industrial Connectivity) you will need an individual gateway for each connection. To facilitate this you simply need to create a single Thing entity that implements the IndustrailGateway Thing Template. You can name the IndustrialGateway Things according to the industrial server which will be connecting to them.

 

With respect to connecting a single Industrial Remote Thing to multiple IndustrialGateway Things this is not possible. The IndustrailThingShape's IndustrialThing property which sets the connection is a single valued property that accepts one Entity reference to the backing IndustrialGateway Thing.

 

Could you provide further details on your use case for needing a single Remote Thing connected to multiple IndustrialGateway Things at the same time?

 

Regards,

Tyler Misner

ThingWorx Technical Support Engineer