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CC-Link Partner Association releases companion specification with the OPC Foundation to simplify information transfer

CC-Link Partner Association releases companion specification with the OPC Foundation to simplify information transfer

August 9, 2018 - At SPS/IPC/Drives Italia 2018, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced the completion of a companion specification with the OPC Foundation (OPCF) to simplify the tasks of information transfer between plant systems and to provide connectivity and interoperability. This is based on the CLPA’s “CSP+ for Machine” technology.

As described by the OPCF, OPC UA (Unified Architecture) is a platform-independent, service-oriented architecture that integrates the functionalities of the individual OPC Classic specifications into one extensible framework. It delivers the necessary infrastructure for interoperability and for moving data and information from the embedded world to the cloud. It also addresses cyber security with technology that has been assessed by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Hence OPC UA is a key component in the drive towards Industry 4.0.

CLPA’s activity with the OPCF aims to expand its existing CSP+ (Control & Communication System Profile) technology from just describing individual devices and to apply it to complete machines and production lines. This is the key concept behind CSP+ for Machine.

CSP+ has long been providing drag and drop network configuration using CSP+ files from CLPA partner vendors, by allowing the creation of device libraries. However, the new CSP+ for Machine extension of CSP+ provides easy network configuration and maintenance by offering profiles that describe whole machines instead of just devices on a CC-Link IE network.

Via XML, CSP+ for Machine provides information concerning machine specifications, application software, data to be acquired and how, as well as relationship between machine data and information. As a result, end users will have access to meaningful data from each machine such as production volume, operating performance, energy consumption, etc., this will ensure connectivity and interoperability and allow information to be shared throughout an enterprise and beyond.

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