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February 2018

President’s Welcome to 2018

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.

Compliance Corner

Welcome to the Certification Corner, let me introduce myself, I’m Paul Hunkar, the Director of Compliance and Certification for the OPC Foundation. This repeating addition to the newsletter will be where we will talk about what is new or important in OPC Foundation Certification.

The Industrial IoT Maturity Model

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.

ARC Advisory Group Report: OPC UA is Well Positioned

The ARC Advisory Group report concludes OPC UA is well positioned to serve as the data connectivity foundation for companies looking to deploy IIoT and I4.0 based solutions. It predicts the existing global OPC install base of over 45 million units is expected to expand 45% annually for the next 5 years.

OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group Announce Cooperation

The OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group announced an alliance to further advance process automation system multi-vendor interoperability and simplified integration by developing a standardized process automation device information model.

Kepware, a PTC business, releases KEPServerEX v6.4

KEPServerEX version 6.4 includes new data collection capabilities, improved data access, and seamless integration with both traditional and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) systems, enabling users to easily manage and monitor their plant floor.