Welcome to the first edition of the OPC Connect newsletter in 2018. After taking a brief hiatus from this column I am back to tell you about all the exciting things the OPC Foundation is looking forward to this year. 2018 promises to be a very interesting year for the OPC technology, the overall OPC membership, and the community-at-large.
Just connecting your machine to the internet is not enough. A new model is helping to guide decision makers along a successful path in the manufacturing space.
Beeond has developed a 5-Step Process that helps both vendors and end users through the UA adoption cycle, from concept to certification, with the main benefit of reducing risk and cost.
“We are experiencing an incredibly successful rate of global adoption,” says Stefan Hoppe, Global Vice President of the OPC Foundation, looking back on the SPS show. End-users are putting pressure on their machine suppliers to implement OPC UA for their production processes. In the last year alone, 100 new members have joined the Foundation in a wave of member acquisition. In Germany, the VDMA and its 38 trade associations in particular are pushing forward the idea of OPC UA Companion Specifications.
New technologies such as artificial intelligence may seem exciting, but without consistent standardization, problems will arise. Artificial intelligence requires data, and involves working with this data to gain insight. OPC UA acts as the standard interface to the data sources companies need to gain true insight.
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HollySys developed its own programmable logic and MC series motion controllers for factory automation which needed to be able to communicate with a broad range of third party systems. See how they did it.
The gathering winds of connectivity and digitization are making big waves in industrial manufacturing. What are testbeds and what is their role in furthering technology standardization?
The OPC UA protocol standard was initially developed to expand and evolve. Recently, the concept of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) in conjunction with OPC UA is being discussed more and more in the automation industry.