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IHS Markit releases top seven manufacturing technology predictions for 2017
January 30, 2017

IHS Markit releases top seven manufacturing technology predictions for 2017

After a disappointing 2016 in automation sales, declining revenues for many equipment suppliers and investment uncertainties in numerous end markets, vendors in industrial automation are hoping for a brighter 2017.

Hilscher announces Craig Lentzkow as IIoT Business Development Manager
December 13, 2016

Hilscher announces Craig Lentzkow as IIoT Business Development Manager

Mr. Lentzkow will be responsible for developing business opportunities for Hilscher’s netIOT Edge Gateways, through partnerships with global Cloud Services companies, large End-User companies, and IT and automation integrators and consultants.

Opto 22 announces joining of Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program
November 30, 2016

Opto 22 announces joining of Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program

This combination brings together a hardware platform, data visualization for mobile and web clients, industrial automation protocol support including Modbus/TCP and OPC UA, and data flow processing with software development environments like Node-RED.

HARTING to introduce MICA with EtherCAT at SPS IPC Drives
November 21, 2016

HARTING to introduce MICA with EtherCAT at SPS IPC Drives

MICA’s modular Open Source Software Architecture makes it a solution for developing edge and cloud applications in production. The first EtherCAT production model will be available at the beginning of 2017.

Wibu-Systems and DFKI join together to advance manufacturing security
October 20, 2016

Wibu-Systems and DFKI join together to advance manufacturing security

The two teams of experts came together to investigate effective protection mechanisms for different types of threats and implement a set of system safeguards for the DFKI prototype production line at SmartFactoryKL.

Beckhoff to highlight Smart Factory concepts at Pack Expo
October 17, 2016

Beckhoff to highlight Smart Factory concepts at Pack Expo

Visitors to the Beckhoff booth will have the opportunity to use their own smartphones to interact with PC-based control demos. Beckhoff will also show an augmented reality and HMI proof of concept in the form of Microsoft HoloLens connected to Beckhoff IoT demos.

OPC Foundation, PLCopen and OMAC start OPC UA communications collaboration
September 19, 2016

OPC Foundation, PLCopen and OMAC start OPC UA communications collaboration

Collaborative efforts by standards organizations, such as OMAC, OPC Foundation, and PLCopen, align with the Industrial Internet Consortium's goal to ultimately identify and define building blocks for interoperability that help make smart factories and IIoT possible.

Honeywell's Matrikon OPC UA SDK selected by Emerson for Machinery Health System
September 07, 2016

Honeywell's Matrikon OPC UA SDK selected by Emerson for Machinery Health System

Honeywell’s OPC UA stack is initially deployed in the new CSI 6500 ATG protection system. Evaluation for further deployment within Emerson Process Management is ongoing.

Beckhoff to highlight IIoT hardware and software tools at IMTS
August 10, 2016

Beckhoff to highlight IIoT hardware and software tools at IMTS

Visitors to booth E-4410 will have the opportunity to use their own smartphones and interact with PC-based control demos – including the ability to connect to an entire wall of IoT-enabled devices and a 6-axis robot arm using any mobile device with a web browser.

Sercos announces 2nd Machine Communication Forum
July 18, 2016

Sercos announces 2nd Machine Communication Forum

The event will take place in the Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg on October 13, 2016 from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Various presentations will be given under the theme “Industry 4.0 from Various Perspectives”

VDMA Machine Vision and OPC Foundation to prepare OPC UA Machine Vision Specification
July 11, 2016

VDMA Machine Vision and OPC Foundation to prepare OPC UA Machine Vision Specification

VDMA Machine Vision and the OPC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the preparation of an OPC UA Machine Vision Companion Specification. The group will create a companion specification which will enable camera vision systems to be securely connected to controllers

Digital transformation leads agenda at Honeywell Process Solutions' annual Users Conference
June 20, 2016

Digital transformation leads agenda at Honeywell Process Solutions' annual Users Conference

The event, which began today and runs through Friday, will feature technology displays along with dozens of Honeywell- and customer-led sessions and technical discussions.

April 28, 2016

Microsoft announces partnership with OPC Foundation

Microsoft will work with the OPC Foundation to enable industrial Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios through interoperability between the millions of applications and industrial equipment compliant with the OPC UA standard.

Honeywell announces formation of Digital Transformation unit
April 28, 2016

Honeywell announces formation of Digital Transformation unit

Andrew Hird has been named vice president and general manager of the Digital Transformation unit, which was created to help manufacturers harness the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

OPC Foundation elects Matt Vasey, Microsoft to OPC Foundation board of directors
April 12, 2016

OPC Foundation elects Matt Vasey, Microsoft to OPC Foundation board of directors

The new board seat is an extension of Microsoft’s support for OPC Foundation since the company first became a member in 1995.

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OPC Foundation Announces Collaborative Strategy with OMG for the OPC UA and DDS Standards
April 06, 2016

OPC Foundation Announces Collaborative Strategy with OMG for the OPC UA and DDS Standards

The OPC Foundation and OMG have developed a technical positioning and FAQ document for usage of both the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) and the OMG Data Distribution Service™(DDS) standard.

OPC Foundation Announces OPC UA Open Source Availability
April 06, 2016

OPC Foundation Announces OPC UA Open Source Availability

The OPC Foundation has committed resources to moderate/maintain and extend the technology to keep pace with technology changes in the industry as well as the extensions to the OPC UA architecture and corresponding companion specification.

OPC UA is Enhanced for Publish-Subscribe (Pub/Sub)
March 22, 2016

OPC UA is Enhanced for Publish-Subscribe (Pub/Sub)

Besides the existing Request/Response mechanism, which requires a “standing” connection between an OPC Client (data consumer) and an OPC Server (data provider), OPC UA will be enhanced with an additional communication schema following the principles of Publish-Subscribe.

OPC releases AutomationML for OPC UA spec
March 18, 2016

OPC releases AutomationML for OPC UA spec

AutomationML is a data exchange standard for engineering data standardized in IEC 62814.

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March 10, 2016

PLCopen publishes OPC function block spec for review

The new edition is available for comments until April 8, 2016.

EyeSens adds OPC Support
January 15, 2016

EyeSens adds OPC Support

The OPC standard allows the EyeSens sensors and EyeVision software to function as OPC server.

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January 02, 2016

PTC to Acquire Kepware for $100 million

The acquisition will enhance PTC’s portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and accelerate the company’s entry into the factory setting and Industrial IoT (IIoT).

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OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos released
December 14, 2015

OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos released

This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos information model to OPC UA so that functions and data of Sercos devices are made available and accessible via OPC UA.

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December 14, 2015

Kepware Launches IoT Alliance Program

Informatica, Splunk, and ThingWorx are among alliance members committed to meeting market potential for Internet of Things (IoT) with industrial automation data.

Softing demonstrates OPC UA Publisher/Subscriber real-time stack
December 06, 2015

Softing demonstrates OPC UA Publisher/Subscriber real-time stack

Stack allows a standard Ethernet network to be used for deterministic data exchange based on the emerging IEEE Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) standard.

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December 01, 2015

Cogent DataHub to Support OPC UA

Cogent DataHub will feature both OPC UA server and OPC UA client connectivity.

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November 29, 2015

OPC Foundation and M2M Alliance sign MOU

The OPC Foundation and the M2M Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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November 29, 2015

OPC Foundation and POWERLINK sign MOU

The OPC Foundation and the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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November 29, 2015

OPC Foundation and PI sign MOU

The OPC Foundation and Profibus & Profinet International (PI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

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July 29, 2015

OPC forms working group to fight counterfeiting

The Steering Committee of the Open Serialization Communication Standard Working Group (Open-SCS) addresses compliance to healthcare counterfeiting regulations.

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June 22, 2015

OPC participates in Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0

OPC Foundation board members, technology advisor council members, and OPC technology working group members have been participating in the Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 initiatives very pro-actively.

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B&R supports OPC Foundation's real-time working groups
May 01, 2015

B&R supports OPC Foundation's real-time working groups

The working groups’ goal is to add real-time capability to the OPC UA communication standard.

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Softing Development Toolkits obtain OPC Foundation lab certification
April 24, 2015

Softing Development Toolkits obtain OPC Foundation lab certification

OPC UA .NET and OPC UA C++ Server Development Toolkit for Linux achieved the OPC Foundation’s official lab certification.

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April 17, 2015

OPC Foundation Elects Schmid-Lutz to Board

Veronika Schmid-Lutz is Chief Product Owner for manufacturing products at SAP SE.

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April 17, 2015

OPC opens architecture to all

The OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) specifications and technology will be made available to companies without requiring membership in the OPC Foundation.

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April 16, 2015

OPC-UA OKed as communications standard for Industrie 4.0

In the category “Communication Layer“ the OPC UA (IEC 62541) standard was thoroughly examined as adequate for RAMI 4.0.

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April 16, 2015

OPC Foundation and EtherCAT Technology Group to cooperate

The two will cooperate on Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) communications.

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ICONICS Announces ReportWorX Express App for Office
April 13, 2015

ICONICS Announces ReportWorX Express App for Office

ICONICS announces its portable new ReportWorX Express app for Office at Hannover Messe 2015.

Stefan Hoppe joins the OPC Foundation as Vice President
March 17, 2015

Stefan Hoppe joins the OPC Foundation as Vice President

Hoppe has been President of the OPC Europe organization since 2010 and has personally choreographed many successful events throughout Europe.

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March 17, 2015

AIM Germany and OPC Foundation announce OPC AIM Companion Specification

The specification is an essential component for the successfull AutoID integration for the realization of the future concept "Industrie 4.0."

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