Field Level Communications (FLC) Initiative Reaches Milestone

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.

Compliance Corner – December 2020

The OPC Foundation Interoperability (InterOp, or IOP) Task Force has been working to establish the infrastructure needed to allow for a virtual IOP. After addressing any issues resulting from an upcoming test run, we will have an official IOP available for all vendors to register for by the new year.

OPC Foundation Welcomes Emerson to Board of Directors

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.

OPC Foundation & ECLASS Collaborate for M2M Interoperability

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.

Road Tunnel Monitored with Flexible Scalability

With more than 200 Industrial PCs in operation, the 2,150-meter-long Kaisermühlen Tunnel in Vienna shows that modular PC-based control technology from Beckhoff, plus OPC UA linkage at the controller level, make for an optimum automation platform in this environment.

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.

Commonalities Between American Football and OPC UA

While it may not be obvious, OPC UA and American football share common ground. Most importantly, both require smart action and good protection in rough environments. To address this, the ACI400 IIoT Edge device from METTLER TOLEDO provides secure data exchange using the OPC UA Companion Specification for simple static weighing.

Digital Transformation with Custom OPC UA Drivers

The push towards integrating any and all devices into your enterprise charges forward, with IIoT and Industrie 4.0 initiatives emerging in virtually every industry. But not every device has a ready-made, off-the-shelf driver for integration with other devices and other industrial systems.

President’s Welcome – September 2020

A warm welcome,
“Don’t let this Welcome Article start with Covid 19 again,” was my first thought. But in the end, the pandemic is THE issue that affects our entire business the most: Most trade shows have been cancelled or postponed to the middle of 2021, yet I have the feeling that we are all concentrating more on our daily work and that things will be solved faster.

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.