Editorial

President’s Welcome – March 2022

A warm welcome to you all,
“Stop the war in Ukraine” must be the first message of my contribution. Conventional wisdom says that sports and business should not comment on politics and religion. But times have changed. For someone like me, who lives in freedom, enjoying the free press and everyone’s right to express their opinion and protest in public, it is easy to call out the crimes of war and the war criminals. Honestly, as a father of 3 children, I don’t know if I would have the same courage that more and more people show, protesting publicly, and facing the risk of being arrested immediately. We technicians and engineers are called to improve the ONE world we all live in with technical solutions for better water, better air, better ground and contributions to solving the world’s climate. Instead, we are all wasting money on weapons now, and there is a war among neighbors in Ukraine.

Leveraging OPC-UA PubSub as a DMZ Gateway

PubSub allows using OPC UA directly over the Internet or the cloud using middleware like MQTT and AMQP. Therefore, none of the applications communicate to each other directly. The middleware acts as a broker that directs messages. Therefore Utthunga’s uOPC PubSub Bridge can be implemented as part of an industrialized DMZ, enhancing security.

Using OPC UA to Bridge the Gap to Your ERP

What are the biggest communication gaps between production environments and ERP systems? Five areas in production are particularly affected that slow down production processes and increase both error rates and workload. How can OPC UA bridge these gaps? Software Toolbox explains how their tools fit.

Gathering Data from Various Devices and Vendors via OPC UA

One of the big challenges that customers are facing today is how to collect, visualize, and analyze production data scattered through a production site and utilize it to improve productivity. A mixture of old and new devices, and various networks and vendors’ products makes it difficult. Takebishi offers solutions based on OPC UA to meet these challenges.

On the Power of OPC: An Interview with ICONICS

In this interview, Raymond Van der Tas, ICONICS Solution Sales Supervisor, explains the many ways the company has leveraged OPC to deliver its substantial features and benefits to users for a competitive advantage.

President’s Welcome – December 2021

A warm welcome to you all,
I have done it. Did you too? Were you also mistaken? Since April 2020 with the first wave here in Germany, we live from quarter to quarter in the hope that everything will soon be over. “In 2021, everything will get better again” -was the hope at the end of 2020. Not that the virus will dissipate, but life will be again so that we humans can handle it, with the vaccine and all of our behavior. One year later and despite the impression of the cancelled SPS fair, that same hope exists again: “In 2022, everything will be better!”

TwinCAT 3 with OPC UA Pub/Sub and On-Demand OPC UA Webinar

Beckhoff has directly integrated OPC UA Pub/Sub communication into the TwinCAT 3 runtime. This paves the way for straightforward implementation of machine-to-machine (M2M) and device-to-cloud (D2C) scenarios based on the OPC UA Pub/Sub specification. Also, watch the on-demand webinar demonstrating usability of OPC UA in various Beckhoff tools.

A Few Things to Know about I4.0, Digital Transformation, and Connectivity

How do we unleash a new level of innovation for small and medium-sized enterprises? Standardized information models and access to data are the key –standardization to the point that applications can be pre-built to recognize and use the information from an organization’s processes. ICONICS, a Mitsubishi Group company supports these standardization efforts.

Exploring Cybersecurity and OPC UA for a Secure System Architecture

This e-book focuses on OPC UA security concepts including but not limited to certificates and message signing, encryption and topics surrounding OPC UA security architecture in your system. It goes beyond that, though, by considering the broader environment in which OPC UA is used and recognizing that most of readers come from the operations technology (OT) space.

Matrikon Q4 2021 News & Updates

Matrikon releases a new whitepaper on an upcoming DCOP security update; announces month-long discounted pricing on its OPC Servers for PLCs; and provides its FLEX software with support for OPC UA PubSub over MQTT.