Articles & News on Network Integration Standards & Protocols

Continued Evolution for Process Automation

  • by Bill Lydon, Automation.com
  • Feature

By Bill Lydon
The Process Automation industry has been heavily impacted by the influx of new technologies and, as we enter the next decade, several organizations are providing roadmaps in order to help process automation companies enable the best practices to leverage these technologies and drive competitiveness and productivity forward.

Worldwide Blossoming of Country-Centric Open Manufacturing Initiatives

  • by Bill Lydon, Automation.com
  • Feature

By Bill Lydon
The impact of open manufacturing initiatives continues to be a worldwide affair. These initiatives continue to grow as industry recognizes the need to modernize and the Industry 4.0 movement (called “Industrie 4.0” in Germany, its country of origin) continues to accelerate.

OPC Foundation announces addition of Google Cloud to member community

  • News

OPC UA is an industrial, protocol-agnostic framework for the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 that contains mechanisms for secure, reliable, manufacturer and platform-independent information exchange, as well as options for semantic information modeling and self-description of devices.

PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) publishes OPC UA specification for PROFINET

  • News

This specification describes a standardized OPC UA object model for PROFINET devices which enables PROFINET devices from a wide variety of different manufacturers to transfer device data to asset management systems in a standardized way, for example. Standardization makes information collection significantly easier for tool manufacturers, regardless of the manufacturer, but this is just the beginning of PI’s vertical integration strategy.

FDT 3.0 Standard and Development Tools Now Available

  • by Lee Lane, FDT
  • Opinion

By Lee Lane, FDT Chairman of the Board of Directors
Created on the long legacy of the rock solid FDT standard, we now release the features and capabilities that are needed for IIoT, remote monitoring, mobility, and IT/OT integration.

How Field Tablets are Changing the Game in Instrumentation

  • by Fabrício Andrade, Endress+Hauser
  • Opinion

Device libraries have been a common problem for many field communicators, and the complicated update procedure has been a nightmare for many users. Vendors sometimes struggle to understand what really happens in the field, and the chat groups on WhatsApp prove that the challenges still exist out there.

PRM’s New Features Optimize Plant Maintenance

  • News

PRM centralizes management of large volumes of data from instrumentation and equipment.and fully supports communication standards such as HART, FOUNDATION fieldbus™ (FF-H1), PROFIBUS, PROFINET, ISA100 and FDT/DTM (Field Device Tool/Device Type Manager4) interface standards

FDT 3.0 Common Components Decrease Development Efforts and Increase Interoperability

  • by Manfred Brill, FDT
  • Opinion

The FDT ecosystem is evolving to incorporate modern web-based and mobile applications in the process, hybrid and discrete manufacturing markets.

OPC Experts Interview:The Technology Behind OPC UA

  • by Michael Clark
  • Feature

Learn from an interview with Darek Kominek of Matrikon about the concepts of built-in security, the IT-OT gap, protecting against hacker/malware attacks, and many other features that have made OPC UA the secure data-exchange standard it is today. his is the third in the series of OPC Experts Interviews.

FDT Group releases FDT 3.0 – FDT IIoT Server (FITS) standard

  • News

The FDT 3.0 standard is intended to accelerate the evolutionary journey into the Fourth Industrial Revolution by enabling an ecosystem of FDT-based solutions to meet demands for IIoT and Industrie 4.0 applications.