For vital infrastructure like water supply facilities, availability and reliability are essential to successful water processing. Communication specifications for data from various vendors differ for each site, and across vast distances. Takebishi’s DeviceGateway harmonizes data from 320 different series of products like PLCs and sensors into OPC UA.
Embracing digital transformation has become imperative for companies to follow processes, enhance efficiency, and drive innovation. This article covers two case studies on how companies from different industries, steel and oil & gas, started their digital journey from the ground up.
The MAP Gateway system is standardized with OPC UA. It aggregates all asset data from solar plants, standardizes it and interprets it semantically using AI algorithms. Diverse pieces of equipment are assembled in Scatec’s solar fields. OPC UA creates compatibility between them.
Rosendahl Nextrom develops and manufactures equipment for the global cable, fiber optics and battery industry. Their changeover to OPC UA took place in the course of a one-month pilot project. it had to be ensured that all required plant components from a wide range of manufacturers could be connected with OPC UA. The implementation was fast and smooth.
Miele is the world’s leading supplier of premium domestic appliances, as well as appliances for commercial use. In 2018 the company started their Industrie 4.0 journey. Today, 100% of Miele’s suppliers now provide OPC UA-compliant products with OPC UA interfaces in machines and controllers.
Alarm data is critical to industrial operations to notify operators of problems or potential future problems, convey status of process sequences, support the optimization of operations, and predict maintenance needs. OPC UA does it all with its Alarms & Conditions.
Groupe Renault’s plan is to implement the use of OPC UA-enabled devices and equipment at all production sites worldwide, and to implement end-to-end data communication from the sensor to the machines to the cloud and back again using the OPC UA communication standard.
An international producer of high-tech filter systems needed to connect its production sites in almost 25 countries to SAP Business Suite for both enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) purposes. Softing provided a two-tier solution based on OPC UA to meet the challenge.
Greiner Packaging realizes the benefits of connected manufacturing by implementing PTC’s IoT solution ThingWorx Kepware Server. In cooperation with Greiner Packaging, Kepware has developed a communication standard for injection molding machines that is now also available as a EUROMAP 63 driver for other users. The EUROMAP 63 driver thus brings the machines into the OPC UA architecture and into the Industry 4.0 environment.
Sima WT chose OPC UA as the preferred protocol to achieve IT and OT interconnection in the easiest way possible. Thanks to the integrated OPC UA server in the NX and NJ series Omron Machine Controller, the bridge between IT and OT was enabled just in a few settings without purchasing additional hardware modules or licenses.