OPC Foundation publishes Analyzer Devices Integration (ADI) draft spec

  • February 10, 2009
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February 10, 2009 - The OPC Foundation released the draft Analyzer Devices Integration (ADI) Specification. This new specification provides the Pharmaceutical industry with a common method for data exchange for analyzer data models for process and laboratory analyzers.Developed as a logical extension of the OPC UA specifications, the OPC ADI Specification serves as an information model for analyzer devices and enables true plug-and-play multivendor interoperability. Analyzer integration based on standards offers a unique opportunity in Data Management and Integration for solutions such as Process Analytical Technology (PAT).The OPC ADI specification addresses several types of analyzers including spectrometers and particle-size analyzers. Further clarifications and additions of other analyzer types will be the focus of the OPC ADI effort in 2009 with the final release of the OPC ADI specification scheduled for the second half of 2009.The release of this highly anticipated new specification continues to follow the OPC Foundation’s founding principles of providing end-users with the ability to implement “Quality by Design” in their manufacturing systems. Analyzers will no longer be isolated proprietary systems. They will be based on OPC UA specifications and have the ability to easily interact with complete plant systems through open communications.“The release of the ADI standard enables us to provide the industry with analytical products based on open connectivity that interoperate with manufacturing system much more efficiently than was possible before ADI,” according to Thomas Buijs, Product Manager at ABB. The OPC Foundation working group, composed of end-users and vendors, collaborated to define and finalize the specification. The working group has grown from several founding members to a large multi-industry group that includes large pharmaceutical and food companies and vendors of analytical devices, control systems and integration software. The working group represents both Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and laboratory industries. “The OPC ADI effort is a great example of vendors, integrators and end-users collaborating to solve a problem. The tremendous progress achieved by the OPC ADI Working Group proves that OPC UA provides a solid foundation for development of information models,” said Thomas Burke, President of the OPC Foundation.OPC Unified Architecture provides a base foundation of services for discovery, read/write and subscription for information that is described by industry standards organizations focused on information modeling. The OPC Unified Architecture Analyzer Device Specification will leverage the information model architecture of OPC UA facilitating complete data access and exchange services with secure transactional capability via the SOA (Services Oriented Architecture)for configuration data, diagnostic data, and runtime operational data for all analyzer devices. About The OPC Foundation:The OPC Foundation, dedicated to interoperability in automation and enterprise computing, is an independent, non-profit organization that comprises leading manufacturers and solution providers in factory and process automation as well as providers of enterprise solutions. The OPC Foundation's charter is to develop worldwide industry-standards for data transfer offering multi-vendor interoperability and seamless connectivity of measurement and automation devices, systems, networks, and enterprise computing solutions used in the manufacturing and process industries, by leveraging open computing technologies. Board members and Officers are unpaid volunteers. Development of specifications is undertaken by volunteers from 440+ members worldwide. Learn More

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