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OPC UA Unleashes a Whole New Dynamic

Machine tool builder exeron is convinced that OPC UA is the way forward. The specialist in electrical discharge machining (EDM) has started down that path by developing a communication solution based on the open IEC standard. The solution eliminates the proprietary interface between the HMI systems and CNC controllers of the company’s EDM line.

Fast Tracking System Control with BIM Import

For one large European transportation customer, it was critical to be able to leverage existing Building Information Modeling (BIM) models in order to quickly and easily integrate its building systems into its monitoring and control systems, as well as continue to work with its existing connected equipment and processes. As shown at an event in Paris, ICONICS is able to keep its customer’s operations on the right track.

Case Study: Benninger Automation

Benninger Automation forms part of the Swiss Benninger Group which has been the textile industry‘s leading partner across the globe for more than one hundred and fifty years. While developing “certon,” Benninger Automation has focused closely on usability features. As one example, no programming knowledge is required to configure certon for the local data logging environment. The data logging itself is handled by the certonLOG module. This software is installed on a host PC and collects data from the connected sources via an OPC UA client. The mechanisms used in the OPC UA communication standard not only safeguard the actual exchange of data but also ensure that it is transferred securely.

Smart Factory Application Integration based on OPC-UA

LG CNS has been providing factory operation consulting and services for various industries including electric / electronic, semiconductor, automobile, medical, pharmaceutical, shipbuilding / heavy industry, construction / machinery, health, clothing, and logistics for the past 20 years. With OPC UA, LG CNS can develop products that are ultimately going to be deployed to extend across facility control and the MES domain via a standardized and consistent approach for smart factories. It will be used in the integrated engineering business by providing device modeling and meta information exchange function on the server side, as well as basic data collection, monitoring, analysis and control functions on the client side.

PLCopen OPC-UA Function Blocks modelling MDIS Information

At its core, OPC UA combines a robust, secure communication protocol with a flexible information modeling framework. A challenge for the PLC vendor deploying OPC UA in embedded devices is how to represent different customers’ information modeling requirements in a common way.

Statoil Chooses OPC UA for their OneIMS Initiative

Prediktor AS, announced today that Statoil has chosen Prediktor’s Apis Software platform as the OPC UA gateway in their OneIMS initiative. The first delivery is to the Johan Sverdrup field. Legacy plant systems will be mapped to OPC UA semantic models from companion standards such as S95, PRODML and WITSML.

Tunnel Project [Case Study] and 11 Products

The Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, when open this June, at 57 km will be the longest railway tunnel in the world. OPC UA was defined as the standardized interface between the tunnel management system and the electromechanical systems. Given the need to integrate sixteen different facilities from different suppliers, it was vital to use a platform-neutral, standardized and uniform protocol. This case study from Siemens is accompanied by a list of 11 of their products with OPC UA on board.

Building Automation [Case Study] and Embracing IoT

CIAT, situated in the Rhone-Alpes region of France in Culoz, has been an expert producer of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating units for 80 years. They implemented ICONICS’ GENESIS64™ and OPC UA Server Suite, across their entire building following a three-month pilot program. Also, ICONICS recently introduced its new IoT Gateway Suite, and enhanced integration with the next generation of Microsoft Azure cloud platform and services.

Toolkit [Case Study] and Pub/Sub White Paper

In the past, Lenze used to rely on the OPC Classic to enable access to device data. However, as this standard no longer covers advanced requirements, the company opted for the development of an OPC UA Server. This was achieved using a Toolkit from Softing. Also, Softing’s new white paper discusses OPC UA Publisher / Subscriber communication for IIoT and outlines details on a proof-of-concept implementation.