August 5, 2010 - Softing enhanced its OPC Unified Architecture (UA) Toolkits. The latest version of the OPC UA Toolkit set supports the following operating systems out-of-the-box: Windows, VxWorks, and Linux. The OPC UA Toolkits are designed to assist software engineers to elegantly implement effective OPC Clients/Servers or to embed high-performance OPC UA technology directly into target devices like PLCs, DCS systems, or operator panels. One of the major advantages of OPC UA is its independence from the Windows operating system. Softing‚Äôs engineering team took advantage of this fact and has already ported its OPC UA software to Linux. In addition, Softing has joined the WindRiver Partner Validation Program. As part of the program, Softing will integrate and validate its OPC UA toolkits with Wind River's market-leading embedded operating systems, VxWorks and Wind River Linux.Softing‚Äôs OPC UA Development Kit is offered in two flavors:
OPC UA Toolkit C++: This extremely powerful and universal development kit is designed to implement dedicated, high-performance OPC products for any Windows and non-Windows operating system and for embedding OPC UA technology into any target device.
OPC UA Toolkit C# and .NET: This development kit guarantees the rapid development of conformant OPC UA client or server products for the Windows operating system and seamlessly integrates with standard Windows development tools like Visual Studio 2008.
Softing‚Äôs uncompromising commitment to quality is reflected in the fact that its OPC UA software has been stringently field-tested by several customers with high performance demands before being released. During this process, Softing continually optimized the software to achieve the outstanding performance and robustness level demanded by Softing‚Äôs quality standards. In addition, Softing‚Äôs commitment to continually improve its OPC toolkits will protect the investment of OPC developers using Softing‚Äôs toolkits.Many companies have factored-in Softing‚Äôs extensive experience with embedding OPC technology into industrial components. For example: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory (SEL) stated, ‚ÄúSofting‚Äôs OPC kits are essential when it comes to developing Web applications. With Softing‚Äôs development kits, our developers were able to focus on their project goal instead of OPC-specific components of the application.‚ÄùDuncan Bates, Vice President of Product Management at Raima stated, ‚ÄúIt is impressive how quickly developers are able to create high-performance applications based on the Unified Architecture using Softing‚Äôs innovative tools and Raima‚Äôs powerful embedded database. Today, developers of embedded devices can use both a reliable and proven database, RDM Embedded, and in addition use a standards based interface from Softing to communicate with the database.‚ÄùThe following is a summary of benefits the OPC Toolkits from Softing offer:
Assures 100% OPC Compliance - The use of an OPC Toolkit assures that your OPC product is compliant with the latest OPC specification. Softing is an active member of the OPC UA CTT (Compliance Test Tool) working group and frequently tests its OPC Toolkits in OPC interoperability workshops.
Clear migration strategy - A built-in upgrade path for OPC products developed with Softing‚Äôs OPC Toolkits V4.2x provides for an easy migration to the new OPC UA technology without any noteworthy changes to the products.
Reduces Time-to-Market and Development Costs - OPC Toolkits significantly reduce the development time of an OPC Server or Client by allowing the developer to concentrate on transmitting data and not on learning the ins and outs of the new OPC UA technology.
Reduces Maintenance Cost - Softing's OPC Toolkits include a 1-year maintenance agreement. The benefits of this agreement include developer to developer support and free updates to the OPC Toolkit to ensure continual compliance to the ever evolving OPC specification. Subsequent-year maintenance agreements are available to ensure that the software will always be up-to-date.
Improves Data Throughput - OPC products that are based on Softing's toolkit libraries consistently outperform competing OPC products since Softing‚Äôs libraries have been uncompromisingly optimized for robustness and data throughput.
Development Services - Softing‚Äôs experienced software development team can help to embed OPC UA technology into a target device or develop an OPC product (OPC Client or Server) for Ethernet, fieldbus, or serial protocols. Softing is a recognized OPC Competence Center.
Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation, states the following: ‚ÄúSofting‚Äôs expertise and experience in providing industrial communication products and developer training in all facets of automation inclusive of OPC is being extended to fully embrace the OPC Unified Architecture. I‚Äôve personally had the opportunity to attend a number of events/training sessions that Softing provides or has participated in, and I can say without hesitation that the quality and integrity of Softing‚Äôs offer is outstanding. I look forward to watching Softing be one of the premier providers enabling other vendors to successfully adopt and deploy OPC Unified Architecture products based on the products and services that Softing has to offer.‚ÄùAbout Softing In industrial automation, Softing is a specialist for fieldbus technology and has established itself as a world-leading partner for networking automation systems and control solutions. Softing provides customers the key technology to connect devices, controls, and systems with the leading communication technologies. In fieldbus technology, Softing is a world-class expert for FOUNDATION fieldbus, PROFIBUS, and CAN/CANopen/DeviceNet. The company‚Äôs wide range of expertise includes solutions for OPC, FDT, and Real-Time-Ethernet protocols such as, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, and Modbus/TCP. Many of the products and services developed by Softing since the company was founded in 1979 have become reference standards throughout the world. In addition, Softing has established itself as a provider of sophisticated diagnostic tools for fieldbus systems.