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June 2015

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President’s Welcome

Welcome to the June 2015 edition of the OPC Connect newsletter. There are so many great things that are happening in the world of OPC Unified Architecture. OPC UA is getting international recognition as the interoperability platform for everything related to industrial automation, plus other domains, and the system solution for the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0.

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Open Shared Source Code and Specifications Program

The OPC Foundation opens the doors to facilitate increased adoption of OPC Unified Architecture technology beyond industrial automation! The OPC Foundation is implementing an “open shared source” strategy…

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OPC UA in the Reference Architecture Model RAMI 4.0

The German Industrie 4.0 platform, consisting of ZVEI, VDMA, and BITKOM, has jointly reached important milestones in the standardization of Industrie 4.0. The first version of a reference architecture model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0) which precisely describes Industrie 4.0-compliant production equipment, has been developed. OPC UA is listed as the one and only recommendation for realizing the ‘communication’ layer.

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The Future is Already Here

OPC UA paves the way for the implementation of new concepts with increased vertical and horizontal data integration, and opens the door to industries requiring seamless data logging. Supporting use in both PCs and embedded systems, OPC UA technology allows the implementation of solutions that move intelligence from the supervisory control systems to the local components.

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OPC Seminar Tour in North America

Join us at one of six events that will be held this autumn across North America. These seminars will focus on the rich feature set of OPC UA and the unique ways these features are put to use in real applications.

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OPC News of IIoT, Industrie 4.0, New Materials

OPC Foundation has news of OPC UA’s role in Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. And announces a new OPC UA brochure, new videos, and provides news from CERN on OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider.

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OPC News from Hanover Fair and OPC Day Europe

The OPC Foundation has attended or hosted a number of events recently: Exhibiting in the OPC Foundation booth at Hanover Fair, Exhibiting in the Microsoft booth at Hanover Fair, Conducting a press conference at Hanover Fair, Hosting an OPC Day in Europe, and Conducting an Interop in Phoenix, Arizona.

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OPC UA and MDIS Complete Successful Interoperability Test

The MDIS network just completed a very successful interoperability test (IOP) in Amsterdam at its June meeting. The goal of the testing was to verify the information model and to gain experience with the implementation requirements associated with the OPC UA Subsea to DCS interface communication.

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OPC UA Used in Deutsche Bahn Signaling System

After evaluating further options and a proof-of-concept using a test implementation, SST and DB Netz AG made a joint decision to use OPC UA for implementing the client-server communication, because OPC UA met all requirements. An OPC UA information model was developed, which was able to reproduce the complex data structures of diverse diagnostic information.