This is included in addon Machine Data Interface
OPC provides a common bridge between Windows-based software (like RS Production) and process control hardware. OPC offers a standard way to read/write data from/to plant floor devices.
Read more about OPC here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Platform_Communications ) and its successor OPC UA here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPC_Unified_Architecture )
RS Production version 17.10 and later has full support for OPC UA.