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OPC Foundation Updates – December 2022

    The OPC Foundation is proud to announce, and congratulates, those elected to Board seats for 2023-2024. OPCF also welcomes the launch of the “.NET User Group” initiated by three companies represented on the OPC Foundation Board of Directors: ABB, Microsoft, and SAP. Plus: join OPCF at trade shows and events in 2023 with our Call-for-Sponsors.

    Field Level Communications Corner – December 20222

      New UAFX specifications have passed in-depth OPCF member reviews and extensive prototyping to ensure their implementations maintain cross-vendor interoperability. As such, automation vendors can now start adopting UAFX functionality in their offerings, and end-users can look forward to the advantages that UAFX-based field communications offer.

      Enabling OPC UA and TSN for Field Devices

        Analog Devices, Arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS), B&R Industrial Automation, Lattice Semiconductor, Schneider Electric and Texas Instruments, entered a collaboration to create a permissive, open source OPC UA over TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) stack on FreeRTOS.

        PA-DIM Partnership Grows

          In addition to the OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group, new co-owners of the PA-DIM specification include ISA100 WCI, ODVA, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, NAMUR, VDMA, and ZVEI.

          President’s Welcome – June 2022

            A warm welcome to you all,
            An incredible amount has happened in the last few months. I’ll start immediately to give an overview. There are multiple changes to the Board of Directors, including a new Chairperson. Trade show activities have ramped up from 0 to 100. And collaboration is top-of-mind with more announcements to come later in the year.

            Collaboration Corner – June 2022

              The OPC UA “Global Positioning” joint working group has been created together with AutoID (AIM) and omlox (PI). The OPC UA “Power Consumption Management” working group has been created together with ODVA, PI, and VDMA. And a webinar covering OPC UA and Industrial 5G was held on June 22.

              General Assembly Meeting & Board of Directors Election Results

                Each year the membership elects Board Members to serve a two-year term; staggered to elect half of the seats per election. In August a nomination request was sent to the membership for the five (5) seats up for election. Now concluded, we congratulate and welcome the directors, with a look towards working together in the coming years.

                Collaboration Update – OPCF & CESMII

                  On November 23, 2021 the Clean Energy and Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) and the OPC Foundation launched the UA Cloud Library as an open-source reference implementation and Docker container for self-hosting, thereby reducing machine-to-cloud connection efforts.

                  Collaboration Update – OPCF & VDMA

                    First, the VDMA has founded a new centralized department focusing on OPC UA interface development as the basis for its umati initiative. Second, the latest addition to the OPC UA for Machinery Specification standardizes the status of all machines -harmonizing a previously heterogeneous set of solutions.

                    Prosys OPC UA Self-Paced Training Release

                      In the past few years, OPC UA has been growing as a major trend around the globe and becoming one of the primary solutions for industrial systems and companies. Last year, together with adapting to our new reality and transferring our workshops and events to the online format, Prosys started working on their first self-paced Introduction to OPC UA Online Course.