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President’s Welcome – June 2023

    Welcome to this edition of OPC Connect.
    Still to this day people only think of OPC UA merely as a secure protocol to move information. It is so much more than that. It is a modeling language in cloud applications and digital twins. It is capable of file transport (since 2009). We have started three new joint working groups in June alone; two more will be started in July. There’s a lot more going on with OPC UA than meets the eye…

    Field Level Communications Corner – June 2023

      The existing concepts of UAFX with the focus on Controller-to-Controller (C2C) are being extended to also support the Controller-to-Device (C2D) use-cases including the various factory and process automation application areas, such as motion control, field instrumentation, and distributed I/O.

      President’s Welcome – March 2023

        Good morning, good afternoon, good evening – wherever you are in the world!
        I am thrilled and hopefully you are also excited reading this new edition full of amazing news from the OPC Foundation – the world’s largest ecosystem for industrial interoperability.

        Getting The Most from Your OPC UA Investments in 2023 and Beyond

          You have made significant investments in your industrial control systems to leverage the many benefits of OPC technology over the years. Rip and replace to evolve with technology is not a good or economical option for running systems, but over time you need to move to OPC UA for the benefits of security, resilience, single common infrastructure, expanded functionality and more.

          Exploring Plug & Play Cloud-Neutral Solutions using OPC UA

            Cloud computing has become increasingly popular in various industries in recent years due to its scalability, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility. However, migrating legacy systems to the cloud can be challenging, especially when dealing with different service providers and their proprietary interfaces. One solution to this problem is using OPC UA as a cloud-neutral communication protocol.

            President’s Welcome – December 2022

              Good morning, good afternoon, good evening – wherever you are in the world!
              The highlights from 2022 were significant: from the field to the cloud and back again, OPC UA is solving evermore data integration challenges. Our areas of focus in 2023 include bringing clarity to the confusion surrounding standardization, harmonizing our information models, driving OPC UA competency in other markets, and exhibiting OPC UA at a myriad of events. Thanks for reading!

              Use-Cases for OPC UA Methods, Pub/Sub, & Companion Specs

                By now, we expect that most readers have probably used or explored using the OPC UA standards. What you may not realize is the power available to you in other parts of the OPC UA standard. In this article we will cover the 3 functionalities we are seeing most often: Methods, Pub/Sub, and Companion Specifications.

                Top-10 Design Considerations while Implementing OPC-UA

                  The main crux behind implementing OPC UA for your automation system is the choice of tools. What are the top ten points that an automation manufacturer, OEM, discrete, or process manufacturer should take note of while choosing an OPC UA Software Development Kit (SDK)? Learn More.

                  President’s Welcome – Sept 2022

                    Good morning, good afternoon, good evening –wherever you are in the world! This is my warm welcome to the audience in a global community. I hope you had a good summer! Usually the world quiets down a bit from mid-July to the end of August as people take vacations, relax, and recuperate. For us, this year was quite different as trade shows were moved to the vacation time, and so we’ve been very busy.