Omron CJ1 with Siemens S7-300


I'm working in a project where we must communicate an Omron CJ1 with a Siemens S7-300. The fist idea was using OPC connectivity by means of a bridge PC, in order to have a simple and fast system integration. Later, a Siemens technician told me that by using TCP/IP protocol by Ethernet, it was possible to directly exchange data between the PLC's.

As I know, Omron uses the propietary FINS message structure, while Siemens uses the Industrial Ethernet propietary message structure. So I suppose the communication is not direct and the programation has to decode each message in order to "understand" one each other. This implies a more difficult and long integration work than using OPC.

Am I right with this idea?

Thank you.

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