The OPC Foundation has expanded its support for learning institutions through its new OPC UAcademic program. New OPC UA training content donated by the OPC Foundation offers academic institutions ready-made course material for use in their curriculum.
More than 320 experts from over 60 OPC Foundation member companies have been contributing to the completion of the first release candidate (RC1) of the OPC UA FX (Field eXchange) specifications. Also, a beta version of the OPC UA Safety Stack software is now available for the 31 companies that collaborated to produce the code.
The OPC Hub ASEAN/Singapore has signed an MoU with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic to promote awareness of OPC UA. In addition, an MoU with Singapore Industrial Automation Association has been established to promote awareness of OPC UA to the system integration and solution provider community.
The OPC Foundation Japan Council (OPC-J) held its first online OPC-Day Japan on December 10-11, 2020. The registered participants reached 690. This is 3.5 times more than the previous year.
The first seminar of the year took place in Guangzhou and the event was overcrowded with attendees. Also, a deepened cooperation has been initiated between OPC Foundation China and SUPCON, one of China’s leading automation component providers in the process industry.
The OPC Foundation’s Field Level Communications initiative has accomplished a significant milestone in the ongoing project by completing their initial release candidate with the focus on the Controller-to-Controller (C2C) use case. Download the Technical Paper here.
In addition to the Board, Emerson also joins the OPC Foundation Field Level Communications (FLC) initiative to drive a holistic approach to sensor and device level communications across process and factory automation industries.
The OPC Foundation and CESMII have initiated a new Joint Working Group joined by major industry players to enable manufacturers to speed up pre-built shop floor and digitalization applications.
The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the new “Laboratory Agnostic Device Standard (LADS) based on OPC UA” as a Joint Working Group together with SPECTARIS and VDMA.
The goal of this cooperation agreement is to combine the power of the OPC UA and ECLASS (formerly eCl@ss) standards to better enable M2M interoperability via seamless communication of data and semantics using a standardized set of interfaces.
The extended “OPC UA for IEC61131-3” specification now supports the current 3rd edition of the IEC61131-3 standard and simplifies vendor adoption.
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.
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.