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.
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.
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 (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.”
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.
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.