“We are experiencing an incredibly successful rate of global adoption,” says Stefan Hoppe, Global Vice President of the OPC Foundation, looking back on the SPS show. End-users are putting pressure on their machine suppliers to implement OPC UA for their production processes. In the last year alone, 100 new members have joined the Foundation in a wave of member acquisition. In Germany, the VDMA and its 38 trade associations in particular are pushing forward the idea of OPC UA Companion Specifications.
How to realize secure data exchange and communication in industry? The OPC Foundation Security User Group answers this question by publishing its first white-paper “Practical Security Recommendations.”
The VDMA prioritized its activities on OPC UA and hereby presents an important position paper to the machine and plant engineering sector. The VDMA guideline “Industrie 4.0 Communication Guideline Based on OPC UA” should be understood as a practice-oriented tool. It shows actionable steps that help to implement the Industrie 4.0 communication in a company using OPC UA.
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), in association with the OPC Foundation, has announced an OPC UA companion specification for the CLPA’s new “CSP+ for Machine” technology to further ease the implementation of Industry 4.0 type applications.
New technologies such as artificial intelligence may seem exciting, but without consistent standardization, problems will arise. Artificial intelligence requires data, and involves working with this data to gain insight. OPC UA acts as the standard interface to the data sources companies need to gain true insight.
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In the latest version, the TwinCAT OPC UA Server includes a so-called “configuration namespace”, which permits the full remote configuration of all server features via a secure OPC UA channel. In order to ensure a graphical, easy-to-use frontend for the configuration namespace, Beckhoff provides a software plug-in package for Microsoft Visual Studio.
The OPC UA protocol standard was initially developed to expand and evolve. Recently, the concept of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) in conjunction with OPC UA is being discussed more and more in the automation industry.