Continued Evolution for Process Automation

  • by Bill Lydon, Automation.com
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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

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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

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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.

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.

OPC Experts Interview:The Technology Behind OPC UA

  • by Michael Clark
  • Feature

Learn how the science of the open platform communication standard, OPC UA, is applied across the industrial automation sector from an interview with Uwe Steinkrauss, CEO of Unified Automation. This is the second in the series of OPC Experts Interviews.

Prosys OPC announces acceptance as member of Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

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The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance, which was launched at that time, currently has 55 members. In the meantime, four working groups have come together to develop concrete use cases for each of the industry segments and technologies.

OPC Experts Interview: What is OPC?

  • by Michael Clark
  • Feature

The OPC Experts Interview is a series taking a deep dive into open platform communications, OPC/OPC UA and related technology. This interview is with Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation.

OPC Foundation announces Michael Clark as Director of OPC Foundation North America

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Mr. Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director, selected Mr. Clark to serve in this capacity, to support OPC North American membership, and to function as a spokesperson for the Foundation throughout the region.

ODVA announces joint working group with OPC Foundation

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The collaboration between ODVA and the OPC Foundation will result in secure communications between devices that are a part of a CIP-enabled Industrial Control System (ICS) and other OPC UA enabled applications allowing communication between CIP devices and OPC UA devices as well as with cloud and enterprise level services.