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OPC Foundation News Update

    The OPC Foundation membership really is a diverse set of companies developing products and/or services for many different domains and vertical markets. Corporate members that are Class A members are recognized here that have joined since November 1, 2016.
    Also, the OPC Foundation is proud to announce the availability of our new European Certification Test Lab.
    Finally, the next OPC interoperability workshop is scheduled for the week of April 24th, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.

    OPC UA Videos Released

      At OPC Day Europe, there were many interesting talks about OPC UA and its applicability into a variety of environments. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, relevant videos are released here for catching up. Make sure to find the OPC Foundation at an event near you and check out the OPC YouTube Channel for more.

      OPC Foundation Announces Outreach Certification Program

        The OPC Foundation is making its certification program, previously only available to OPC Foundation members, completely open and available to non-members. They will be able to use the OPC Foundation certification tools and certify their OPC enabled products as such. Also, the OPC Foundation is opening new certification labs with Ingenieurbuero Allmendinger in Salach, Germany and at the Beijing Institute of Technology in China.

        MDIS Companion Specification & Successful InterOp

          The MDIS Companion standard will be released in December and has completed a full function Interoperability test (IOP) which included a demonstration to Operating companies of the MDIS standard. Its goal is to standardize the interface between subsea systems and the platform DCS system. This includes both the communication (OPC UA) and the information model that is transferred.

          Microsoft Announces Cross-Platform OPC UA Support

            These are incredibly exciting times in Industrie 4.0 and this new open-source cross-platform reference stack will enable the next generation of connected OPC UA products. It enables the creation of single-source OPC UA applications that will run unmodified on Linux, iOS, iPhone, most Windows platforms, and Android. Sample applications for clients and servers are also provided, making it easy to get started.

            New OPC Videos Published

              Archived videos from OPC Day Europe 2016 are now available on the OPC Foundation website. Get answers to your most pressing questions: What’s the latest status of standardization for Industrie 4.0? What were the results from the latest security analysis of OPC UA? And more…

              Do you have an OPC story to tell?

                OPC Foundation members are invited to submit OPC-related news, application stories, and product news for publication in OPC Connect. Stories related to OPC UA are especially desired. Take advantage of this member-only benefit and increase market awareness about your products and services!

                Microsoft Joins Board of Directors

                  The OPC Foundation has elected Microsoft to the Board of Directors of the OPC Foundation, which represents many of the world’s most prominent global suppliers. The new board seat, which will be held by Microsoft Director of IoT Business Development Matt Vasey, is an extension of Microsoft’s support for OPC Foundation since the company first became a member in 1995.

                  Hannover Fair 2016 Wrap Up

                    There were two main takeaways from this year’s Hannover Fair: one, the omnipresence of OPC UA on many of the booths; and two, the collaborations signed with many different organizations. It seemed like everywhere you looked at the Hannover Fair, there was and OPC logo. On the collaboration front, the OPC Foundation has been busy solidifying OPC UA as the networking standard for Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.

                    Reshape the Automation Pyramid

                      The market increasingly demands individualized products. Product life cycles are getting shorter and average lot sizes are getting smaller. Considering this, cost efficient production in a globalized and resource limited environment requires a highly flexible (IT-) infrastructure that also works well in cross-enterprise networks.

                      OPC UA is Enhanced for Publish-Subscribe (Pub/Sub)

                        In its OPC UA working group, the OPC Foundation concentrates on enhancing the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) standard. Besides the existing Request/Response mechanism, which requires a “standing” connection between an OPC Client (data consumer) and an OPC Server (data provider), OPC UA will be enhanced with an additional communication schema following the principles of Publish-Subscribe.