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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.

Breaking Down Your System’s Obstacles to OPC UA Adoption

Are you looking to migrate from OPC Classic to OPC UA? Or do you have a mix of OPC Classic and OPC UA products that need integrating? Solutions exist purposefully built to take advantage of the latest OPC technology without the cost and effort of retrofitting your entire control system, allowing you to continue leveraging your previous investments in OPC Classic solutions.

President’s Welcome

Every season here at the OPC Foundation brings something new and exciting to look forward to. Now with the summer months winding down, we here at the OPC Foundation are anticipating a great many more events and the continuation of all our important collaborative work. As we head into August and September we look forward to the next stops on the 2017 North America Seminar tour and you lucky readers still have the opportunity to see us there!

Do you Understand OPC?

In an interview with IEN Europe magazine, Stefan Hoppe, Global Vice President OPC Foundation, talks about independent standards for safe industrial communication and the requirements of Industry 4.0.

Upcoming Events and Training

The event schedule for the months of September and October are particularly busy for the OPC Foundation. Events will be hosted in Taiwan, USA, Canada, and Germany. Plus we are putting on a series of cannot-miss webinars. Come meet us and get trained or get involved!

Safe Line Automation with OPC UA

When automating flexible, modular production lines, equipping them with safety technology has traditionally been a costly and time-consuming process. The new Safe Line Automation concept from B&R combines OPC UA and openSAFETY technology to reduce this effort to a minimum.

Waste Water Treatment in the Cloud [App Story]

What do Krüger A/S, water/wastewater treatment plants, Java, and Amazon Web Services have in common? OPC UA of course! Read this Application Story to learn how a dockerized OPC UA server uniquely scales itself per customer demand.