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Collaboration Update – OPCF & CESMII

    On November 23, 2021 the Clean Energy and Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) and the OPC Foundation launched the UA Cloud Library as an open-source reference implementation and Docker container for self-hosting, thereby reducing machine-to-cloud connection efforts.

    Collaboration Update – OPCF & VDMA

      First, the VDMA has founded a new centralized department focusing on OPC UA interface development as the basis for its umati initiative. Second, the latest addition to the OPC UA for Machinery Specification standardizes the status of all machines -harmonizing a previously heterogeneous set of solutions.

      TwinCAT 3 with OPC UA Pub/Sub and On-Demand OPC UA Webinar

        Beckhoff has directly integrated OPC UA Pub/Sub communication into the TwinCAT 3 runtime. This paves the way for straightforward implementation of machine-to-machine (M2M) and device-to-cloud (D2C) scenarios based on the OPC UA Pub/Sub specification. Also, watch the on-demand webinar demonstrating usability of OPC UA in various Beckhoff tools.

        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.

          IT/OT Convergence: OPC UA – More Than Just Another Protocol

            Discover what are the Advantech OPC UA applications and offerings in this video. We talk about OPC-UA as an accelerator for Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. By the end of this video led by Advantech and the OPC Foundation, you’ll have a better idea of what OPC-UA is, and how it differs from the plethora of protocols that plague our industry.

            A Few Things to Know about I4.0, Digital Transformation, and Connectivity

              How do we unleash a new level of innovation for small and medium-sized enterprises? Standardized information models and access to data are the key –standardization to the point that applications can be pre-built to recognize and use the information from an organization’s processes. ICONICS, a Mitsubishi Group company supports these standardization efforts.

              Exploring Cybersecurity and OPC UA for a Secure System Architecture

                This e-book focuses on OPC UA security concepts including but not limited to certificates and message signing, encryption and topics surrounding OPC UA security architecture in your system. It goes beyond that, though, by considering the broader environment in which OPC UA is used and recognizing that most of readers come from the operations technology (OT) space.

                Matrikon Q4 2021 News & Updates

                  Matrikon releases a new whitepaper on an upcoming DCOP security update; announces month-long discounted pricing on its OPC Servers for PLCs; and provides its FLEX software with support for OPC UA PubSub over MQTT.

                  President’s Welcome – September 2021

                    A warm welcome to you all,
                    I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and had the opportunity to escape from work for a short while. So with renewed strength and refreshed spirit we can look forward to a productive, educational, and healthy autumn. Learn about the OPC Foundation’s activities in this issue of OPC Connect.