September 2020

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.

II4IP: OPC UA Project Develops Cross-Sector Standards

The project “Interoperable Interfaces for Intelligent Production” (II4IP) aims at the development of cross-industry OPC UA standards. Interfaces for machines and components in the form of “OPC UA for Machinery” are being created based on the currently available sector-specific OPC UA standards as well as those currently in development.

Watch & Download: OPC Day International 2020

OPC Day International 2020, a virtual event held June 22-25, garnered thousands of registrants (3000+) and participants over its three days. The topics were varied and exciting including overviews of certain activities and deep dives into select areas. Watch the archived webcasts, download the slides, and read the complete Q&A session here.

Compliance Corner – September 2020

Companion Specification certification is becoming more important and more common. Providing vendors with the capability to execute automated tests to verify compliance against a Companion Specification, and the opportunity to certify their products easily, increases the confidence in and demand for Companion Specifications.

OPC UA Modelling Best Practices

This whitepaper is intended to provide guidelines and best practices for developing OPC UA based information models. It is not a formal specification, but recommends ways to create OPC UA information models that eventually lead to a better product.

TwinCAT Scope with OPC UA

TwinCAT Scope is a high-performance software oscilloscope including a Scope Server for data recording. The Scope Server has a TwinCAT-specific and a standardized communication channel, which is realized as an OPC UA client.

Avoid Misconceptions: OPC UA and Weighing

Users of OPC UA Companion Specifications benefit from easy integration and interoperability. As an early adopter of the OPC UA Companion Specification for Weighing, METTLER TOLEDO has gained experience developing clients that support fast, functional OPC UA communication and offers insight into this experience in a new white paper.

OPC UA-Enabled Compressors

Atlas Copco is dedicated to the seamless, optimal integration of compressed air systems into manufacturing plants. The Swedish company knows that the use of OPC UA communication technology is essential to achieving this goal.

Connecting Your OPC UA Data Sources to the Cloud

Accessing various industrial data, especially OPC UA data sources, via RESTful web services has become increasingly necessary over the past decade. This guide explores how to easily connect RESTful web services and HTTP clients to OPC UA and related database data sources.

OPC UA, IIoT Integration Highlight Cloud-Based Offer

ICONICS, member of the Mitsubishi Electric Group, is very excited to announce its continuing partnership with Microsoft and the OPC Foundation and to offer its Suite as an Azure Marketplace Virtual Machine to quickly get an OPC-capable SCADA system up and running.

Fit for the Future with IP67 I/O and OPC UA

The WAGO I/O System Field is equipped with an OPC UA server, allowing OPC UA clients to use standardized methods to access the widest range of device info (e.g., parameter data, status information, measured values, statistics, identification and diagnostic data), as well as containers, depending on user rights.

Early Adoption of Administration Shell Based on OPC UA

The technological mapping between the Industrie 4.0 Asset Administration Shell and OPC UA opens up new possibilities for smart products and data-driven services in the usage phase. The already existing digital twin is now able to function as an OPC UA Server, which easily provides further product information, methods and basic OPC UA services.