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umati: Based on OPC UA

In a joint effort, 17 partners and VDW created umati (universal machine tool interface). umati is based on an OPC UA companion specification. OPC UA was chosen as the ideal communication platform for different industrial devices due to its open data model.

OPC Foundation at IIoT Hackathon

When the OPC Foundation was asked by we.conect to take part in the first Industrial IoT Hackathon, we were very excited and jumped on board right away. Participants of the IIoT Hackathon had to find a real-world problem and come up with a solution in 24 hours. In most of the cases, OPC UA technology was used.

Compliance Corner – October 2018

Every newsletter we have been trying to discuss some of the new testing and information model testing work that has been accomplished since the last newsletter. We do not have a new companion spec to write about for this letter, but we do have some updates on some of the other groups we have talked about in the past.

Aker BP Chooses SCADA System Powered by OPC UA

Aker BP will begin using state-of-the-art real time solutions based on standardized and open technology (OPC UA) for industrial communication in the coming year. The system will be installed on multiple on- and offshore installations and represents a significant step towards autonomous drilling operations.

OPC UA Makes MTConnect Better

MTConnect is a widely adopted standard for machine tools, robots, and other manufacturing equipment as confirmed at the IMTS show last month. A new MTConnect – OPC UA Companion Specification is set for release before the end of the year.

dataFEED Secure Integration Server Now Available

Softing Industrial’s new product dataFEED Secure Integration Server enables the highly secure and efficient integration of data from automation networks into innovative IoT solutions. It is suitable for use in edge architectures as well as in cloud applications. dataFEED Secure Integration Server is now commercially available.

Cogent DataHub Supports Manufacturing Production Engineering Project

The largest independent manufacturer of electric mirror adjusting actuators and electric power-folding mirror actuators had a problem: their PCs would crash when due to a buggy Excel plugin that monitored productivity metrics. The solution was to implement Cogent’s DataHub which speaks both OPC UA and Excel.

Welcome

Welcome to the August 2018 OPC Connect newsletter. The word is out… OPC UA continues to be recognized as the international communication and information standard for Industrie 4.0; end-users all across industrial segments and beyond are demanding OPC UA information interoperability from their suppliers. Collaborations with diverse organizations are pushing the release of companion specifications to enable the use of OPC UA in other vertical markets.
Read more and thank you for taking time out from your busy day to explore this edition of the OPC Connect newsletter.