Microsoft and OPC Foundation Demonstrate Azure Industrial IoT

Microsoft has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, Beckhoff, Harting, and Leuze showing the Microsoft “Connected Factory” via 40 OPC UA enabled demo walls in their International Technology Centers.

New Video Roundup

See who’s on board with OPC UA. Testimonials from Sercos, CC-Link, PROFINET, EtherCAT, IO-Link, Powerlink, and CAN in Automation are featured here on why each organization is partnering with the OPC Foundation.

Should I Use OPC UA or MQTT or AMQP?

In other words: It is not a question of OPC UA vs. MQTT vs. AMQP… it is a question of OPC UA over what transport is best. MQTT and AMQP are options. Also, not quite on the OPC UA bandwagon? Read this White Paper.

Microsoft Announces Global Discovery Server

Microsoft has announced their contribution of an open-source, cross-platform OPC UA Global Discovery Server (GDS) to the OPC Foundation. The greatest value of an OPC UA GDS deployment is its certificate management capability thereby simplifying security.

Samsung Electronics Joins OPC Foundation

Samsung Electronics, one of the largest manufacturers in the world, becomes a Corporate Member to enable an interoperable Industrial IoT edge platform in its manufacturing infrastructures, powered by the OPC UA framework.

OPC Foundation Joins The Open Group

The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce that it has joined The Open Group and plans to actively participate in the Open Process Automation Forum initiative.

Leveraging OPC UA for Secure, Highly Integrated Machines

If you’re one of those automation engineers who’ve been ignoring OPC UA and the whole IoT and Cloud business, it’s time to get serious about it. Yes, it hasn’t been our bread and butter in the past but the times, they are a-changing.

5 Years On: OPC UA and PLCopen

Back when the concept of Industrie 4.0 was in its infancy, the Joint Water and Wasterwater Authority, Vogtland was already using OPC UA and PLCopen to model its pumping stations. That was 5 years ago. Today, two new videos describing the companion spec are released.

MSC Cruises Chooses ICONICS for Updated Ship Control

MSC Cruises sought a modern monitoring and control system for its latest cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia. Combined, approximately 450 fans, 820 sensors and 1,000 actuators are now controlled and monitored via ICONICS GENESIS64 software. Approximately 6,000 physical input/output (I/O) points and 15,000 communications I/O points are connected through the system.