Editorial

President’s Welcome – March 2021

Welcome to OPC Connect in 2021. While we could talk plenty about our past activities, even more exciting are our future efforts. To start, learn how we are working to help users avoid ‘cloud vendor lock-in’. Furthermore, later this year, we plan to release an IIoT Starter Kit. Four big virtual events are planned over the coming months including an OPC Day and a first-ever virtual InterOP. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to working together this year!

ICONICS, OPC UA, and Digital Twins

One specific standard that has helped ICONICS to achieve its IoT goal more than any other standard over the years is OPC UA. ICONICS has created a ‘Digital Twins on Azure’ solution, built on Microsoft’s Azure platform, which provides virtual modeling capabilities for physical environments.

It’s All About Data Security

Secure data exchange between production and management levels is still something of a minefield. The following article addresses the aspects of secure cross-company communication by looking at an OPC UA-based solution from Softing.

President’s Welcome – December 2020

Welcome,
It’s the middle of December and therefore a good time to review the year and also to give an outlook for next year. Spontaneously, one might think “nothing happened this year – COVID-19 overshadowed everything and flattened all activities”. From the OPC Foundation’s point of view, one can give a different picture: COVID-19 did not stop the OPC Foundation but made us even more effective!

Commonalities Between American Football and OPC UA

While it may not be obvious, OPC UA and American football share common ground. Most importantly, both require smart action and good protection in rough environments. To address this, the ACI400 IIoT Edge device from METTLER TOLEDO provides secure data exchange using the OPC UA Companion Specification for simple static weighing.

Digital Transformation with Custom OPC UA Drivers

The push towards integrating any and all devices into your enterprise charges forward, with IIoT and Industrie 4.0 initiatives emerging in virtually every industry. But not every device has a ready-made, off-the-shelf driver for integration with other devices and other industrial systems.

President’s Welcome – September 2020

A warm welcome,
“Don’t let this Welcome Article start with Covid 19 again,” was my first thought. But in the end, the pandemic is THE issue that affects our entire business the most: Most trade shows have been cancelled or postponed to the middle of 2021, yet I have the feeling that we are all concentrating more on our daily work and that things will be solved faster.

Avoid Misconceptions: OPC UA and Weighing

Users of OPC UA Companion Specifications benefit from easy integration and interoperability. As an early adopter of the OPC UA Companion Specification for Weighing, METTLER TOLEDO has gained experience developing clients that support fast, functional OPC UA communication and offers insight into this experience in a new white paper.

Connecting Your OPC UA Data Sources to the Cloud

Accessing various industrial data, especially OPC UA data sources, via RESTful web services has become increasingly necessary over the past decade. This guide explores how to easily connect RESTful web services and HTTP clients to OPC UA and related database data sources.

OPC UA, IIoT Integration Highlight Cloud-Based Offer

ICONICS, member of the Mitsubishi Electric Group, is very excited to announce its continuing partnership with Microsoft and the OPC Foundation and to offer its Suite as an Azure Marketplace Virtual Machine to quickly get an OPC-capable SCADA system up and running.

Early Adoption of Administration Shell Based on OPC UA

The technological mapping between the Industrie 4.0 Asset Administration Shell and OPC UA opens up new possibilities for smart products and data-driven services in the usage phase. The already existing digital twin is now able to function as an OPC UA Server, which easily provides further product information, methods and basic OPC UA services.