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Connecting PLCs to Various Software Packages with OPC UA

Multi-vendor installations of secure production systems corresponding to the international standard OPC UA are spreading. This article introduces an example of the OPC UA products that are used in these systems and the various software packages to which they can be securely and easily connected.

Efficient OPC UA applications with TwinCAT

A fundamental challenge of Industrie 4.0 and IIoT applications is the secure, standardized exchange of data and information between devices, machines and services – even across industries. OPC UA is the industry standard for manufacturer- and platform-independent communication and it can be used extremely efficiently with TwinCAT software from Beckhoff.

Matrikon – Product News Q1 2022

Matrikon offers two whitepapers regarding OPC Classic. The first discusses security in general and the second discusses the changes coming to DCOM security in 2023. Also Matrikon FLEX v5 supports OPC UA PubSub over MQTT.

OPC UA Publisher/Subscriber in Cloud-Based Solutions

One of the hottest new trends in OPC UA is Pub/Sub (Publisher/Subscriber) technology. On November 16, 2021, the Finnish Society of Automation (FSA) hosted the OPC Day Finland 2021. Watch the recording here. Then, learn how to connect to Azure or AWS IoT Core using OPC UA Pub/Sub.

Advantech Launches OPC UA I/O Modules for IoT Digitalization

At the end of Q1 2021, Advantech launched a next generation OPC UA I/O sensing module with Modbus protocol. ADAM-6300 is an IT/OT convergence series that integrates information technology (IT) systems with operational technology (OT) —representing a leap forward in smart IoT technology for factories and utilities. Moreover, via OPC UA and built-in security IC, data is highly secured throughout OT and IT levels.

OPC UA HDA and A&C for non-OPC UA Sources

While OPC UA continues to be adopted in larger and larger numbers each year across industries, it’s also true that there is still a large installed base of OPC Classic and other data sources that remain to be migrated to OPC UA. The upcoming Cogent DataHub Version 10 takes OPC UA flexibility to the next level with support for OPC UA HDA and A&C profiles.

Case Study & Semiannual 2021 Product Releases

The Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) in Barcelona is a world-leading organization in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology research. Learn how OPC UA met their requirements perfectly while also allowing standardization of the communications between different institutes for such a big project.

REST, OPC UA Methods, and Store&Forward

OPC UA methods provide a flexible means for OPC UA clients to request functionality from an OPC UA server, such as requesting recipe data from an ERP system, triggering a label print using inputs from a database, and so much more. Additionally, a wide variety of systems that leverage REST continue to emerge as data sources, driving the need for converting that data to OPC UA for consumption by client applications.

New Release, New CEO for ICONICS

ICONICS has recently appointed Edward (“Ted”) Hill as the company’s new President and CEO. Hill replaces Yuji Ichioka, who served as the Interim President and CEO following the November 2020 retirement of the company’s founder, Russ Agrusa.

Matrikon Q2 Product Updates

Just in time for the summer (and hopefully a steady return of some pre-COVID normalcy), we are glad to share with you the next batch of quarterly Matrikon news, product updates, and new releases.

All OMRON Controllers with OPC UA are Certified

The OPC Foundation ensures that OPC UA products have a certain level of reliability through certification testing. In order to support the Foundation in its mission, OMRON is committed to certifying for compliance all of its controllers with an OPC UA interface.

It’s All About Data Security

Secure data exchange between production and management levels is still something of a minefield. The following article addresses the aspects of secure cross-company communication by looking at an OPC UA-based solution from Softing.

ICONICS and Takebishi Enter OEM Agreement

ICONICS has announced an agreement with Takebishi Corporation to integrate the Takebishi DeviceXPlorer OPC Server with its own OPC-based automation software solutions. The parties plan future collaboration, such as the integration of the configuration environment for the Takebishi DeviceXPlorer OPC Server into the ICONICS Workbench and the ICONICS IoTWorX™ IoT software solution.