Regional Report China – March 2021

The first seminar of the year took place in Guangzhou and the event was overcrowded with attendees. Also, a deepened cooperation has been initiated between OPC Foundation China and SUPCON, one of China’s leading automation component providers in the process industry.

Making Local Data Accessible Globally Using Cloud Solutions

Intelligent Mud Solutions AS of Norway (IMS) provides continuous real-time analysis of drilling fluids primarily for the oil and gas industry. For IMS customers who do not have access to the OPC UA server locally, PROSYS implemented a solution for publishing OPC UA values to Microsoft Azure and visualizing the data with Power Bi.

Leveraging OPC UA to Help Meet Site Security Requirements

Due to the criticality of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and the desire to make process and business information available to anyone, anywhere, and at any time, the information that is exchanged must meet the security requirements of the site. The OPC UA standards are designed to meet these security requirements while maintaining the level of flexibility and control that site administrators expect.

ICONICS, OPC UA, and Digital Twins

One specific standard that has helped ICONICS to achieve its IoT goal more than any other standard over the years is OPC UA. ICONICS has created a ‘Digital Twins on Azure’ solution, built on Microsoft’s Azure platform, which provides virtual modeling capabilities for physical environments.

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.

President’s Welcome – December 2020

Welcome,
It’s the middle of December and therefore a good time to review the year and also to give an outlook for next year. Spontaneously, one might think “nothing happened this year – COVID-19 overshadowed everything and flattened all activities”. From the OPC Foundation’s point of view, one can give a different picture: COVID-19 did not stop the OPC Foundation but made us even more effective!

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.