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FLC: Controller-to-Controller Release Candidate in Sight

It is planned to have the initial release candidate specifications available by the end of October for controller-to-controller use-cases. These form the foundation for extending the features and functions to also cover controller-to-device use-cases in the second specification release planned for 2021.

II4IP: OPC UA Project Develops Cross-Sector Standards

The project “Interoperable Interfaces for Intelligent Production” (II4IP) aims at the development of cross-industry OPC UA standards. Interfaces for machines and components in the form of “OPC UA for Machinery” are being created based on the currently available sector-specific OPC UA standards as well as those currently in development.

OPC Foundation Announces New Director of North America

The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Clark as the Director of OPC Foundation North America. With over 30 years of experience, Michael Clark is internationally recognized in the process automation sector for his expertise in Industrial Control System (ICS) fieldbus protocols.

L’Oréal Joins OPC Foundation

The OPC Foudation is pleased to welcome L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company as a new OPC Foundation member. Beyond choosing to standardize on OPC UA as a key enabler for its IIoT era Operations 4.0 initiative, L’Oréal decided to join so it could actively participate in the development of the OPC UA standard.

Foxconn Industrial Internet Becomes 699th OPC Foundation Member

Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii), a leading intelligent manufacturing solution provider standardizes on OPC UA to harness the power of the Industrial IoT. Brand Cheng, Fii CEO remarked, “By leveraging OPC UA, Fii is set to deliver more value to Industry 4.0 solutions with agile development in industrial applications.”

OPC UA Online Reference – Published

The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the OPC UA Online Reference, which is a searchable collection of its specifications and information models. This site features hyperlinked and searchable versions of all OPC UA specifications and companion specifications. We hope this site will quickly become an invaluable tool for anyone developing OPC UA applications.

umati -Based on OPC UA- Increases Global Adoption

With umati, the machine tool industry represents a quantum leap for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in production. Today’s customers expect to be able to integrate new machines into their own IT ecosystems with no difficulty. umati does this on the basis of the international interoperability standard OPC UA – easily, quickly and securely.

Microsoft and BMW Launch Open Manufacturing Platform

Microsoft Corp. and the BMW Group announced the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) initiative to enable faster, more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector. The OMP will be compatible with the existing Industry 4.0 reference architecture, leveraging the industrial interoperability standard OPC UA.