echocollect e

Multiprotocol Gateway for Connecting Ethernet Controllers to Databases, Management Systems and IoT Solutions

As an industrial multiprotocol gateway, echocollect e offers a modern solution for further processing of process data. The addition "e" in the product name stands for Ethernet, since the gateway only supports the connection to PLCs via TCP/IP protocols. echocollect e supports local data logging and enables a bidirectional real-time connection between controllers and databases, direct OPC UA integration and cloud connection via the MQTT interface.

The advantage of the NetCon configuration software is the high degree of customization options at protocol level.

As basic functionality, five PLC connections and MySQL as database driver are available. Extension licenses are available for the use of MQTT, OPC UA, data logging on SD card (including Store&Forward), the support of 15 PLC connections and further databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL.


Modern Connectivity Capabilities

  • Access to manufacturing, process and quality data in more than 50 PLC types addressable via Ethernet
  • Integration of client applications running on-premises as well as in private and public clouds
  • Direct connectivity via platform-independent OPC UA technology, SQL database protocols or MQTT Publisher functionality
  • Embedded OPC UA Server functionality
  • Direct data exchange between controllers of different types and variants
  • Buffering of arriving data and addition of time stamps in case of broken connections, automatic forwarding once connection has been reestablished

Additional Functionality Required for Production

  • Data storage in various SQL databases
  • Recipe manager functionality for writing data blocks from databases to PLCs
  • Optional logging of field data plus time stamps for traceability reasons on SD card or FTP server

Driven by Customer Needs

  • Step-by-step user guidance based on contextual online help
  • Easy symbol import directly from PLC projects
  • Physical network separation between production systems and commercial IT networks
  • No need for software updates, operating system patches and PC updates resulting in years of failure free operation
  • No PLC programming or dedicated PC required for connec ting PLCs
  • Plug-and-play replacement, if necessary, using configuration stored on SD card

Technical Details


Ethernet Addressable ControllersSiemens SIMATIC S5/S7 and Siemens-compatible controllers (e.g. VIPA), Modbus TCP controllers (Wago, Beckhoff, Phoenix Contact, Schneider Electric, etc.), Rockwell SLC-500, PLC-5, ControlLogix and CompactLogix, Mitsubishi (Melsec-Q), etc. 
Ethernet ProtocolsTCP/IP, RFC1006 (ISO on TCP), ISO (H1), S5, S7, TCP/IP with PLC header, Rockwell SLC-500, PLC-5 and CLX, Modbus TCP, Melsec-Q, raw data 
Ethernet Interfaces2 x independent interfaces TP (RJ45), 10/100 MBit/s 
Embedded OPC UA ServerSymbolic Mapping; Browsing, Read, Write, Subscribe; Self-Discovery Service; possible reconfiguration without device restart; possible multiple Client connections, optional read-only PLC connection; OPC UA Security with password or certificates 
Embedded MQTT PublisherEstablishment of MQTT Broker connection, optional user authentication and data encryption, easy topic generation from existing symbols, maximum of 1,000 topics, adjustable publishing interval 
Supported DatabasesMySQL, Oracle, DB2, MS-SQL 
Other ProtocolsTelnet, SMTP (email notification), OPCpipe (OPC Tunnel) 
Supported Engineering Tools for Symbol ImportSIMATIC STEP 7, TIA Portal V13/V14/V15 including Service Packs 
LimitationMaximum of 5 PLC connections, 10,000 items in total 
Data mapping PLC - database must be structured in 400 tables and 200 items per table
Configuration SoftwareSofting NetCon for device configuration, dataFEED Exporter for symbol import 
Power Supply24 VDC, ca. 0,3 A 
Ambient ConditionsOperating temperature: 0 °C ... 55 °C, storage temperature: -20 °C ... 70 °C 
Dimensions (HxWxL)131mm x 47mm x 111mm 
Weightca. 0,4 kg 
Mounting35 mm DIN Rail 
Protection ClassIP20 
Open Source License Declaration


Order Numbers

GAL-YY-143101echocollect e (connectors: 2 x Ethernet, 1 x TTY)
LRA-YY-143001Upgrade echocollect: License for database access to Oracle, DB2 and MSSQL (default: MySQL only)
LRA-YY-143002Upgrade echocollect: License enabling data logging on SD Card (default: no data logging)
LRA-YY-143005Upgrade echocollect: License embedded OPC UA Server (default: no embedded OPC UA Server)
LRA-YY-143007Upgrade echocollect: License MQTT Publisher functionality (default: no MQTT support)
LRA-YY-143115Upgrade echocollect: License enabling maximum of 15 PLC connections (default: maximum of 5 PLC connections)


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110-1000-01Industrial Ethernet – Troubleshooting in Automation, 3 days


Scope of Delivery

HardwareMulti-protocol gateway echocollect e, SD card, connector for power supply*
SoftwareNet configuration software on CD-ROM, also downloadable from Softing website
DocumentationQuick Start leaflet, context-based online help, CD-ROM with product handbook and configuration tutorials, also downloadable from Softing website

* A plug-in powerpack is not included in the delivery. If needed, please order this separately.


Connector Power Pack 24 V DC

Country-specific connector power packs are available. Note: A connector power pack is not included in the delivery of the echocollect. If necessary please order it separately. 

Technical Details

100 - 240 V AC, 47 - 63 Hz, sec. 24 V, 1,25A

Order Number

Version EURO, UK, USA