OPC UA has been adopted as a recommended standard for Industry 4.0, and the spread of OPC UA is progressing as a global interoperability standard that supports manufacturing and manufacturing DX (digital transformation) in the digital era. Four use-cases are presented describing accomplishments in different industries.
The Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) in Barcelona is a world-leading organization in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology research. Learn how OPC UA met their requirements perfectly while also allowing standardization of the communications between different institutes for such a big project.
iZ Systems minimizes equipment footprint and slashes energy requirements 45% for Pactiv by implementing PC-based automation, EtherCAT, and OPC UA.
Intelligent Mud Solutions AS of Norway (IMS) provides continuous real-time analysis of drilling fluids primarily for the oil and gas industry. For IMS customers who do not have access to the OPC UA server locally, PROSYS implemented a solution for publishing OPC UA values to Microsoft Azure and visualizing the data with Power Bi.
With more than 200 Industrial PCs in operation, the 2,150-meter-long Kaisermühlen Tunnel in Vienna shows that modular PC-based control technology from Beckhoff, plus OPC UA linkage at the controller level, make for an optimum automation platform in this environment.
The successful ability to deploy a robust Modular Procedural Automation (MPA) has been demonstrated at Air Liquide’s Ingleside, TX air separation unit. An Emerson DeltaV PK controller acts as the supervisory platform for MPA with an OPC UA interface and is connected to a legacy Foxboro DCS with an OPC DA interface through Cogent DataHub.
“Today there are up to 12 different machine languages in use worldwide, which doesn’t exactly make global networking of plants easy,” says Michael Schweiger, Volkswagen Account & Demand Manager. He is in charge of OPC UA, together with around 30 people working on the topic across all brands in the Volkswagen Group.
For over 100 years, a large global chemicals manufacturer has been leading innovation with gases, technology, and related services used by many industries worldwide. The company’s engineering team began to explore how they could migrate from their traditional method of control to a system of ‘state-based’ control, using OPC UA.
The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) conduct interdisciplinary energy research in the building and mobility sectors. Empa relies on OPC UA to interconnect its research infrastructure – specifically, three large-scale projects named “NEST,” “ehub” and “move,” plus all the components involved in producing, storing, transporting and converting energy.
Every year, Tefal SAS manufactures around 44 million products in what was a high energy-consuming process. They sought an energy management system that could be implemented without revising their existing architecture. Tefal ultimately decided upon ICONICS software and OPC communications, which now handle energy data from multiple meters, transformers, and PLCs.
Meeting demanding challenges at scale for machine-to-enterprise communication is a challenge faced in many industries. To solve their challenges, a Fortune 500 industrial gas and chemical delivery equipment manufacturer successfully deployed a fully compliant OPC UA based system for communication with its huge base of legacy, mission-critical systems
Aker BP will begin using state-of-the-art real time solutions based on standardized and open technology (OPC UA) for industrial communication in the coming year. The system will be installed on multiple on- and offshore installations and represents a significant step towards autonomous drilling operations.
Read this Case Study to learn how OPC UA enabled RFID readers use secure elements for protected communication. Balluff and Wibu-Systems teamed up as part of the German IUNO (IT Security in the Industrie 4.0) project to further secure Auto-ID (and OPC UA) enabled devices with help from Unified Automation.