OPC & OPC UA Interoperability

The Future of Process System Architectures – Insights from 2017 Foxboro User Group
November 13, 2017

The Future of Process System Architectures – Insights from 2017 Foxboro User Group

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
A common topic of debate revolves around how process system architectures will be shaped in the future. One architectural vision would enable a shift of focus from process efficiency control to business performance control, with increasing levels of monitoring and control.

Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses:  A Practical Guide
July 28, 2017

Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Practical Guide

Effective cybersecurity management is essential for all organizations, regardless of size. This ISA document is intended to provide a starting point for small- and medium-businesses (SMBs), particularly those that manage industrial processes and employ some level of automation.

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency
July 26, 2017

OPC-UA and RFID Combine to Enhance Visibility and Improve Efficiency

By Michael LaGrega, Siemens
Data gathered by RFID readers can be a critical element in a corporation’s plans to gain increased visibility and understanding of parts, materials and other moveable assets. All of this valuable information can be integrated more easily when standards like OPC-UA with its AutoID companion are employed.

Keeping Your OPC Data Safe from WannaCry
June 22, 2017

Keeping Your OPC Data Safe from WannaCry

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
More and more companies are recognizing the value hidden in their process data, and are looking at ways to tap into it. If you need to provide access to OPC data on your plant system, say for analytics, predictive maintenance, or real-time dashboards, you'll need to secure your system from the kind of threat that WannaCry poses

How Microsoft Is Leveraging OPC UA to Get an Irreplaceable Position in Your Factory
June 19, 2017

How Microsoft Is Leveraging OPC UA to Get an Irreplaceable Position in Your Factory

By John Rinaldi, Real Time Automation
In their latest series of announcements, it’s clear that OPC UA is key to Microsoft’s strategy of entering and dominating the factory floor through its Azure cloud services.

There Is No Industry 4.0 without OPC UA
June 19, 2017

There Is No Industry 4.0 without OPC UA

By Stefan Hoppe, OPC Foundation
In November 2016, the Industrie 4.0 Platform published a checklist for classifying and advertising products as Industrie 4.0 “Basic,” “Ready,” or “Full”. To comply with the “Industrie 4.0 communication” criterion, even the lowest category requires the product to be addressable over the network via TCP/UDP or IP and to integrate at least the OPC UA information model.

The Race to A Digital Future: Assessing digital intensity in US manufacturing
June 13, 2017

The Race to A Digital Future: Assessing digital intensity in US manufacturing

This Siemens research report evaluates manufacturers’ digital capabilities across several core dimensions, using their relative progress in each to provide an overall score out of 100, determining what progress manufacturers still have to make in order to access the digital future

Gateways, Partitions and Tenants: A Checklist for Building the Right Architecture for Cloud-based Historians
June 07, 2017

Gateways, Partitions and Tenants: A Checklist for Building the Right Architecture for Cloud-based Historians

By Jan Pingel & Matthew Burd, Honeywell Process Solutions
One of the most important characteristics of a connected plant is the ability to increase and enhance collaboration to help solve previously unsolvable problems. The emergence of the cloud-based historian is a key component, therefore, to bringing the connected plant to life because it greatly enables this type of collaboration.

OPC UA and the Industrial Internet of Things
June 06, 2017

OPC UA and the Industrial Internet of Things

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The combination of data from multiple platforms is now possible because of the OPC UA protocol - an in-demand feature - as the Internet of Things (IoT) gains traction. This article discusses how the open source protocol OPC UA is beneficial for automation.

Hannover Messe 2017: Insights from IHS Markit
May 22, 2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Insights from IHS Markit

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Overall, a number of themes could be discerned at HANNOVER MESSE this year, including cost-cutting, production efficiency, downtime reduction, quicker time-to-market, product customization, and lower development costs.

Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos
May 08, 2017

Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
We've received a number of comments and questions from vendors about The Open Group's effort to push for open process automation standards. Tn the aim of encouraging more discussion on the topic, we're sharing some of these questions in order to provide some more clarity on its importance.

Connecting to the Cloud: ODVA's Efforts to Facilitate Cloud Communications with EtherNet/IP & DeviceNet
April 03, 2017

Connecting to the Cloud: ODVA's Efforts to Facilitate Cloud Communications with EtherNet/IP & DeviceNet

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Connectivity is the name of the game in today’s IIoT atmosphere and ODVA is the latest to join the push for open communication standards. ODVA’s Common Industrial Cloud Interface (CICI) Special Interest Group is working on enhancements to ODVA specifications to connect CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) protocols, EtherNet/IP & DeviceNet with cloud applications.

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers
March 27, 2017

OPC UA - The Top 10 Considerations for Developers

By Arun Ananthampalayam, Honeywell Process Solutions
Whether you are a tool builder or an application developer – if your software needs to access automation data, you may want to implement OPC UA connectivity to ensure your system can access data via the world’s most popular, standards-based, open connectivity solution. The question is: How to best do this?

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security
March 10, 2017

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The February 6-9 event provided an atmosphere buzzing over the potential that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connected technology are bringing to today’s industry.

Industry Super Trends 2017: The best of industrial automation is yet to come
February 01, 2017

Industry Super Trends 2017: The best of industrial automation is yet to come

By Leroy Spence, EU Automation
If you are struggling to get over the post-holiday blues, don’t despair. Sit back, relax and read all about some of the industrial technologies you can look forward to that will change the face of manufacturing in 2017.

Making OPC UA Secure for the Industrial IoT
December 15, 2016

Making OPC UA Secure for the Industrial IoT

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
Securing an industrial system requires at the very least securing the perimeter against unauthorized access. The challenge is to fully protect the perimeter, and yet still provide access to the data from OPC UA servers inside.

To Replace or Service Automation Systems: That is the Question
December 12, 2016

To Replace or Service Automation Systems: That is the Question

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
For cost and efficiency purposes, most vendors will try to minimize downtime with already existing automation systems and manufacturing equipment, instead of buying new equipment. This may be a prudent decision in some cases but it does beg some questions

Talent Bridges the Gap Between IT and OT in the Industrial Internet of Things
December 01, 2016

Talent Bridges the Gap Between IT and OT in the Industrial Internet of Things

By Dave Vasko, Rockwell Automation & IoT Talent Consortium
Only about 14 percent of companies have been able to fully connect their manufacturing floors with their IT departments, because manufacturers just don’t have the talent they need with skills in security, cloud, industrial communications and data analytics technologies

Industrial Automation Technologies to Shape 2017
November 23, 2016

Industrial Automation Technologies to Shape 2017

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. This article discusses a few key technologies that will shape industrial automation in the year ahead.

Six Steps to Using the IoT to Deliver Maintenance Efficiency
October 21, 2016

Six Steps to Using the IoT to Deliver Maintenance Efficiency

By Kevin Terwilliger, Dell
This article discusses ways to utilize advanced IoT technology to enable successful predictive maintenance models for their facility.