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December 2014, Page 2

OPC finds a role in bringing together process and building automation

by Dan Hebert, Control magazine

OPC is playing a significant role in allowing plants to bridge the gap between process control and building automation systems, according to an article in the November issue of Control magazine by senior technical editor Dan Hebert. There are multiple reasons to bring them together, and others to keep them apart.

OPC UA progress highlighted at SPS show

Security and interoperability for data and communication are key topics for the Industry 4.0 initiative and the Internet of Things. An efficient network of sensors, field devices and controllers up to the Cloud for new services and Big Data can be realized with the OPC-Unified Architecture (OPC UA). That was the message delivered at the OPC Foundation press conference during November’s SPS/IPC/Drives 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Smart watch meets smart factory with OPC UA

by Tesla

Tablet PCs are playing a growing role in helping workers monitor industrial processes as they move around a factory. Smart watches may soon prove equally useful.

To showcase the application potential of smart watches, Tesla, a company that enables real-time mobile SCADA access to industrial communications platforms using OPC UA technology and the Android operating system, recently participated in a…

Events Update

The OPC Foundation conducts and attends several events throughout the year that showcase OPC technology and its member’s solutions. See what’s coming up next and what you may have missed.

New Product Releases

Check out the latest product releases from our members:

● National Instruments LabVIEW : enabling OPC communications in LabVIEW-based systems

● Kepware Technologies and Splunk alliance : accelerating new insights from industrial data

● Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX update : improving big data analytics

● Kepware Technologies local historian plug-in : improving operating efficiency