OPC & OPC UA Interoperability

Turning a Wonderware System Platform into an OPC UA server
June 19, 2017

Turning a Wonderware System Platform into an OPC UA server

This whitepaper discusses how to share your Wonderware System Platform (ArchestrA) or Wonderware InTouch data via OPC UA for situations where you're working with an OPC UA capable client application that needs access to process data in your Wonderware system.

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

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?

Top 10 Considerations when Implementing OPC UA
March 20, 2017

Top 10 Considerations when Implementing OPC UA

Matrikon's downloadable OPC whitepaper discusses how vendors can enable their new and existing products with OPC technology to compete on the IIoT/Industrie 4.0 landscape

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments
March 17, 2017

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments

By Rotork
With the current emphasis in the oil and gas industry on unmanned, remotely operated sites, often utilising renewable energy sources in harsh and challenging environments, capitalising on the functionality and energy saving benefits of IQ3 technology has never been more important.

OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation
September 19, 2016

OPC UA PubSub: Bringing the Power of the Cloud to Industrial Automation

By Randy Armstrong, Sparhawk Software
The widespread deployment of cloud based solutions has many factory operators wondering how they can take advantage of it to streamline their operations. The needs of these users have been the driving force behind the OPC UA PubSub Specification.

IIoT Protocols to Watch
October 26, 2015

IIoT Protocols to Watch

By Aron Semle, Kepware Technologies
OPC UA, HTTP, MQTT, CoAP, DDS, and AMQP all have a place in IoT. Which protocols take majority market share is unclear, but each has its pros and cons. It’s important to pick the protocol that best fits your needs, and select technology partners that can adapt to these protocols.

The Future is already here
June 22, 2015

The Future is already here

By The OPC Foundation
The OPC Foundation has further developed its standard into the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) which provides solutions to the identified drawbacks of OPC Classic while meeting the requirements for use in a modern device architecture.

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Java and the Internet of Things: Automating the Industrial Economy
March 20, 2015

Java and the Internet of Things: Automating the Industrial Economy

By Oracle
The gateway in an industrial controller or higher-end system can convert from OPC-UA to a backend system, in a controller-to-enterprise scenario. Java-based gateways run real-time analytics that connect multitudes of devices and sensors via the varying protocols used in industrial automation. The gateway software may execute on the same physical controller as the OPC-UA server or in another slot of the industrial controller.

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Scheduling Data Collection with Kepware's New Scheduler Plug-In
February 20, 2015

Scheduling Data Collection with Kepware's New Scheduler Plug-In

By Aron Semle, KEPServerEX
This whitepaper discusses scheduling needs and how the Scheduler Plug-In for KEPServerEX addresses them.

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Leveraging OPC UA to Help Meet Site Security Requirements
May 19, 2014

Leveraging OPC UA to Help Meet Site Security Requirements

By Tony Paine, Kepware
Data has to be transmitted over public domains securely in order to protect the authenticity, integrity, and confidentiality of information. OPC UA’s adoption of today’s widespread IT principles and techniques makes this possible.

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A New Distributed Architecture for Remote Communications
November 20, 2013

A New Distributed Architecture for Remote Communications

By: Tony Paine, Kepware, and Russel Treat, EnerSys
A Distributed Communications Architecture removes the problems found in the Host-Centric Model. This architecture optimizes communications requests between client applications and field devices, minimizing bandwidth usage and cost.

Keys to Developing an Embedded UA Server
September 20, 2013

Keys to Developing an Embedded UA Server

By Liam Power and Darek Kominek, MatrikonOPC
Embedded OPC UA presents tremendous opportunities for device vendors to make their products stand out with native open data connectivity that is more secure, easier to integrate in multi-vendor environments, and opens door to new markets due to the widespread use of OPC.

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Understanding OPC: Open Connectivity via Open Standards
June 14, 2013

Understanding OPC: Open Connectivity via Open Standards

By Tony Paine, Kepware
This white paper discusses the history, functionality, and significance of several OPC standards, from OPC Data Access (OPC DA), released in 1996, through today’s OPC UA and OPC.NET.

Leveraging KEPServerEX and Kepware’s New Security Policies
June 14, 2013

Leveraging KEPServerEX and Kepware’s New Security Policies

By Kepware
White paper describes how KEPServerEX and the Security Policies Plug-In deliver an easy to use solution that provides the greatest level of flexibility in securing communications infrastructure.

February 19, 2012

OPC: Closing the Data Gap Between Pharmaceuticals and CMOs

Automation.com, February 2012

By Darek Kominek

Outsourcing production to Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) is increasingly popular and with it, the need to share production data between CMOs and their sponsors - this paper examines how OPC simplifies such data sharing.

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February 18, 2012

Optimization of Machine Integration

Automation.com, May 2012

By ODVA

ODVA's Machinery Initiative improves the integration of manufacturing machinery with the industrial ecosystem. ODVA has adopted an open approach to this initiative which includes alliance partnerships with OPC Foundation and Sercos International in order to foster cross-collaboration on topics of mutual interest for machinery applications. This white paper describes this cross-collaboration.

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology
February 07, 2012

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology

Automation.com, February 2012

By FDI Cooperation

FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, are supporting and driving forward the development of FDI Technology. Here’s how FDI works.

September 26, 2011

Effective OPC Security for Control Systems

September 2011

By Eric Byres and Darek Kominek

By While the consequences of cyber attacks and malware are no longer in doubt, the question remains, "Exactly how can an engineer reliably secure his or her control system?" This white paper outlines a simple and cost effective answer – a security solution based on OPC technology that can be deployed in almost any industrial facility today.

September 20, 2011

Optimization of energy usage

Automation.com, May 2012

By ODVA

ODVA describes optimization of energy usage (OEU) in the industrial sector and an overview of ODVA’s vision of a comprehensive approach to energy optimization including OEU in the industrial ecosystem; ODVA’s vision of OEU in the Production domain; Industrial use cases for OEU; ODVA’s technical approach to OEU; and OEU in practice.

Redundancy for OPC
June 23, 2011

Redundancy for OPC

Automation.com, June 2011
By Robert McIlvride and Andew Thomas, Cogent Real-Time Systems
What does redundancy look like in an OPC-based system? A typical scenario would have two OPC servers connected either to a single device or PLC, or possibly duplicate devices or PLCs. Those two OPC servers would then connect to some kind of OPC redundancy management software.

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April 19, 2011

Effective OPC Security for Control Systems

By Eric Byres, Byres Security, and Darek Kominek, MatrikonOPC

White Paper explains the security advantages of limiting network interfaces and protocols, and recommends using OPC as a communications standard because of its ease of use and its widespread deployment. Registration required to view paper.

February 15, 2011

Using OPC Math & Logic

By Cyberlogic

The Math & Logic feature allows a user to program mathematical and logical operations that the OPC server will perform on its data. These operations can range from simple averaging calculations or pass/fail decisions up to complex operations involving algebraic and trigonometric functions, string manipulation, data sorting and Boolean expressions.

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OPC: The Ins and Outs to What It’s About
December 14, 2010

OPC: The Ins and Outs to What It’s About

By Darek Kominek, MatrikonOPC

The Every Man’s Guide to OPC is an easy-to-read overview of the most popular industrial open connectivity standard - OPC. This paper first introduces the main idea behind OPC, shows why OPC is different from conventional (often proprietary) communication protocols, and explains how OPC helps overcome the limitations of such native protocols.

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October 16, 2010

Top 5 OPC Questions Integrators Need To Ask

By Matrikon

While OPC connectivity should reduce system complexity and save project time, there is the potential for expectations and cost to go astray if certain project risks aren’t properly managed. There are five important questions integrators need to ask to ensure the success of any major OPC implementation.

March 11, 2010

OPC Server in Automation

By Moxa

Network management software compatible with SNMP is hard to learn and hard to use, and as a consequence did not gain widespread acceptance by control engineers. In this paper, we discuss the current status of OPC, and why you can benefit from using OPC Server in the automation industry.

January 14, 2010

Facilities Management Solutions

By Jim Bishop, Wonderware

The biggest problem in building automation, identified by organizations like LonMark and Echelon, is the proprietary distribution models offered by established Building Automation System (BAS) suppliers. This white paper describes Wonderware’s Facilities Management Software Solution.

January 14, 2010

OPC UA: 5 Things Everyone Needs To Know

By Eric Murphy, Matrikon

What exactly is OPC UA and what does it mean to you? When will products be ready? Can you implement it and should you be doing it now? Not to mention questions about security, scalability and backwards compatibility. These questions are best summed up in the five things everyone needs to know about OPC UA.

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Secure OPC Tunneling: Know Your Options
July 16, 2009

Secure OPC Tunneling: Know Your Options

By Software Toolbox & Cogent Real-Time Systems

Anyone who has attempted to network OPC knows that it is challenging, at best. There are many options and solutions in the market that attempt to solve this challenge. This whitepaper shows how tunneling technologies solve the issues associated with networking OPC and what to look for in a tunneling product.

Optimizing OPC Communications with OPC Middleware Products
July 16, 2009

Optimizing OPC Communications with OPC Middleware Products

By Wolfgang Langer and Juergen Lange, Softing

OPC middleware products are designed to enhance any OPC-based application. An intelligent set of OPC products simplifies the commissioning and operation of OPC clients and servers, significantly improves the data throughput of your OPC interfaces, and ensures reliable OPC communication links.

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January 30, 2009

Tunneling Process Data Securely Through Firewalls

By Integration Objects

12-page paper describes OPCNet Broker software, which employs the OPC communication standard without the need for DCOM. The technology increases the security of data and the overall usability of the solution.

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Enterprise Mobility for Manufacturing Whitepaper
January 21, 2009

Enterprise Mobility for Manufacturing Whitepaper

By Motorola

Enterprise mobility has emerged as a top strategic initiative among leading global organizations. This white paper provides insight into the advantages gained by deploying mobile solutions in manufacturing. The paper reveals how manufacturing firms have empowered their workers with mobile solutions and significantly increased their effectiveness. Based on feedback from over 6,000 decision-makers and more than 2,500 mobile workers, the white paper addresses key questions.

January 18, 2009

OPC UA: An End-User’s Perspective

OPC UA (Unified Architecture) represents the OPC Foundation’s most recent set of specifications for Process Control and Automation system interconnectivity. This paper explains OPC UA from the perspective of the organization that will benefit from the connectivity, in other words: the End User.

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July 16, 2008

Introduction to OPC for Building Automation

By Darek Kominek, Matrikon

HMIs, historians, and analysis and reporting packages that originate in the process control industry may not have drivers that support such protocols as BACnet or other building automation protocols. OPC can solve the problem.

June 24, 2008

Taking out the Garbage: Making Windows XP suitable as a HMI Platform

By Marty Huff, MSI Tec

Windows XP can provide a robust HMI environment, and has several advantages over either Windows CE or Linux. Out of the box, however, Windows XP is not suitable to act as a HMI / SCADA platform. There are several "tricks" that can be performed to "take out the garbage" thus creating a stable, robust, and secure environment for your application.

April 09, 2008

Communicating Building Information Across the Enterprise with OPC and BACnet

By Eric Murphy, MatrikonOPC

Building automation systems have information to relay about energy management, optimized operating conditions, and asset utilization. Unfortunately, they are all speaking different languages and running into application barriers. These systems can be connected and the obstacles overcome using standard, open protocols: OPC and BACnet.

April 09, 2008

Implementing Successful OPC Projects

By Eric Murphy, MatrikonOPC

The issues associated with OPC projects include multiple data paths, data throughput, guaranteed data delivery and redundancy, network interoperability, communication disruption and recovery, maintainability and geographically disperse systems.

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April 09, 2008

Winning the Battle for Interoperability

By Eric Murphy, MatrikonOPC

End users who purchase OPC-compliant products expect reliability, full data information integrity and validated, secure interoperability. The product should seamlessly integrate with existing architecture. To ensure this, the OPC Foundation created the OPC Enhanced Certification Program.

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April 09, 2008

Communicating To the Enterprise Isn’t Science Fiction

By Eric Murphy, MatrikonOPC

Organizations are using OPC to integrate realtime and historic building information into existing business applications to improve the balance between people, infrastructure, facilities and their overall impact on the enterprise bottom line.

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March 07, 2008

Creating Secure OPC Architectures

By Adriel Michaud, MatrikonOPC

Technical guide on how to secure typical OPC implementations. It covers OPC DA, HDA, and A&E, securing OPC Servers from unauthorized OPC Client access, and restricting authorized OPC Clients to only the functions necessary.