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Panacea Technologies introduces Panacea Update Manager
June 19, 2017

Panacea Technologies introduces Panacea Update Manager

Panacea Update Manager automates the process of deploying Microsoft patches on industrial networks by allowing only automation vendor approved patches to be deployed on the appropriate computers.

Festo announces launch of UK Industry 4.0 course
June 08, 2017

Festo announces launch of UK Industry 4.0 course

Over two days, Festo's course will assist leaders to identify opportunities for change within their own workplaces and help them recognise how and where to apply the principles of Industry 4.0.

 OPC Training Course supports industrial convergence of SCADA systems to IIoT
February 12, 2017

OPC Training Course supports industrial convergence of SCADA systems to IIoT

Business Industrial Network, a leading provider of industrial training, announced the release of the new OPC Training for SCADA & DCS Certificate Course software.

Senvol partners with ASM International and America Makes to create free manufacturing learning tools
February 01, 2017

Senvol partners with ASM International and America Makes to create free manufacturing learning tools

The learning tool exercises help AM users get the most out of the search features of the Senvol Database. Both the learning tool exercises and the Senvol Database are online and free to use.

PLCOpen and OPC Foundation release new edition of PLCopen OPC-UA Client for IEC 61131-3
October 18, 2016

PLCOpen and OPC Foundation release new edition of PLCopen OPC-UA Client for IEC 61131-3

The original version 1.0 was published 2 years ago. With a better user interface and better usability, users can specify function blocks that deal with a “List” feature, and work easier with sets of data like variables or nodes.

OPC Foundation Announces Support of Publish / Subscribe for OPC UA
April 06, 2016

OPC Foundation Announces Support of Publish / Subscribe for OPC UA

The OPC Foundation addition of publish/subscribe communication functionality to OPC UA provides the necessary infrastructure to achieve seamless interoperability for IIoT, IoT, and industry4.0 applications and devices.

April 05, 2016

MatrikonOPC announces OPC Training Schedule

Courses include OPC Workshops for OPC Classic and Cyber Security for OPC.

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European Automation publishes industry report on OPC UA
August 24, 2015

European Automation publishes industry report on OPC UA

Report covers the importance of the machine to machine (M2M) communication protocol OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) in achieving Industry 4.0 goals.

Phoenix Contact offers license for mGuard firmware
June 02, 2015

Phoenix Contact offers license for mGuard firmware

The license for Phoenix Contact’s FL mGuard security devices can protect OPC Classic applications.

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Sercos publishes OPC UA Companion Specification
December 01, 2014

Sercos publishes OPC UA Companion Specification

This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos information model to OPC UA so that functions and data of Sercos devices are made available and accessible via OPC UA.

November 05, 2014

PLCopen publishes packaging standards

PLCopen and OPC Foundation created an open standards ecosystem that simplifies the communications of packaging machines with other plant systems and the business enterprise.

RACO releases AlarmAgent.info SaaS App for OPC Connectivity
October 13, 2014

RACO releases AlarmAgent.info SaaS App for OPC Connectivity

AlarmAgent.info makes a system OPC-compatible, enhancing its existing real-time reporting features by sharing data communication with HMI / SCADA software and third-party customized applications.

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OPC publishes papers from Summit
October 30, 2012

OPC publishes papers from Summit

Presentations from the inaugural OPC Technology Summit have been made available for download at its web site.

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January 31, 2012

Open Automation Software announces SCADA website

Site promotes OPCSystems.NET as the complete SCADA solution for Enterprise Business Applications.

October 25, 2010

OPC Foundation Announces OPC .NET 3.0 (WCF) For OPC Classic

This API will enable users of OPC Classic to leverage the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) technology, facilitating the transfer of data securely through firewalls.

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April 11, 2010

ISA publishes Online ISA Directory of Automation

This valuable resource—the top purchasing guide in the automation field—is available to ISA’s members from a link on the ISA homepage.

March 08, 2010

Automation, Systems, and Instrumentation Dictionary

No technical library is complete without this comprehensive dictionary covering the entire vocabulary of automation, systems, and instrumentation. This authoritative fourth edition contains the latest trends in industrial instrumentation and automation. References relevant to ISA and IEC standards are included throughout, along with illustrations to enhance the definitions of more difficult terminology. With CDROM.

Integration Objects releases free OPC Server testing tool
October 20, 2009

Integration Objects releases free OPC Server testing tool

OPC Server Simulators include both an OPC DA/HDA server and an OPC A&E server simulator, allowing users to test any third party OPC Client application using simulated data and messages.

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July 21, 2009

OPC Lab Certified Products

The OPC Foundation has created a special page to highlight the vendors and products that have exceeded the expectations of the end users through their commitment to quality. The products listed on the certification page identify those products that have been certified at the highest level at the OPC independent certification test lab at Ascolab in Erlangen, Germany. The products that have been certified through the certification test lab are clearly the products that end users should check first when making purchasing decisions. If your vendor has not yet certified their product at the certification test lab, encourage them to do so. Certification ensures the highest quality products are available for multivendor plug-and-play interoperability

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April 21, 2009

OPC Product Certification

By OPC

The OPC Certification Program provides a process where OPC vendors can verify the correct operation of their products with a series of tests developed by OPC Foundation. There are two Levels of Certification; “Self Tested” and “Compliance Certified.”

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March 30, 2009

MatrikonOPC offers DCOM issue Analyzer for OPC

Analyzer is a free utility used to find common OPC problem areas and backup important OPC-related files.

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March 24, 2009

OPC opens Certification Test Lab in Scottsdale, AZ

OPC Foundation opened a North American Certification Test Lab to validate and certify OPC products.

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March 16, 2009

MatrikonOPC announces free OPC HDA Test Tool

HDA Explorer is a stand-alone tool for verifying historical data through HDA, testing HDA OPC Servers, and troubleshooting connectivity to HDA OPC Servers.

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February 10, 2009

OPC Foundation publishes Analyzer Devices Integration (ADI) draft spec

This specification provides the Pharmaceutical industry with a common method for data exchange for process and laboratory analyzers.

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November 25, 2008

Cogent releases OPC DataHub Web Demo

OPC DataHub demo lets anyone using a PDA or cell phone interact with a live system to view data in real time, and to send commands for controlling the system.



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October 20, 2008

OPC - Fundamentals, Implementation and Application

By Frank Iwanitz and Jürgen Lange

Describes the fundamentals of OPC, introduces existing and evolving specifications, explains the process of designing and implementing components, demonstrates the technology based on sample applications, and provides a glimpse into the future of OPC. Third edition, 251 pages, soft cover with CD-ROM. $95.

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October 20, 2008

OPC Unified Architecture Textbook

By Wolfgang Mahnke, Stefan-Helmut Leitner and Matthias Damm.

This book gives an easy to understand introduction into OPC UA and explains the concepts of the standard and other relevant topics that are not directly addressed by the standard. Hardcover book, 300 pages, due to be published January 2009. Advance orders being taken now. $64.09.

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October 20, 2008

Using OPC via DCOM with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 Version 1.10

By Karl-Heinz Deiretsbacher, et al

The major goal of Windows XP Service Pack 2 is to reduce common available scenarios for malicious attack on Windows XP. When Service Pack 2 is installed with its default configuration settings, OPC communication via DCOM will cease to work. This paper describes the settings necessary to restore OPC communication when using XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

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October 20, 2008

OPC Forum

Forum and message board contains frequently asked questions (FAQs), OPC announcements, and “Ask OPC” section, where you can ask questions about OPC.

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September 18, 2008

OPCTI publishes answers to OPC Integration questions

OPCTI released a 20 page document containing answers to the top OPC integration questions.

April 03, 2008

OPC Foundation starts Technical Advisory Blog

MatrikonOPC's Eric Muphy was selected by the OPC Foundation to launch the official OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council (TAC) Blog

March 07, 2008

With or without you?

By Bob Erickson, MatrikonOPC

White paper describes how Matrikon’s OPC server works with Honeywell’s TotalPlant Solution (TPS)/TDC 3000.

March 07, 2008

Gateway to Industrial Interoperability

By MatrikonOPC and Rockwell Automation

OPC provides standardized data access and Rockwell Automations’s FactoryTalk Gateway

opens the door to integrated production and performance. Paper describes how they work.

February 09, 2008

Independent OPC Certification Test Lab in Europe

By OPC Foundation

The first independent certification test lab is opening in Europe, at the facility of Ascolab. Ascolab staff has been actively involved in OPC since the beginning of OPC. The principals of Ascolab are the original developers of the OPC Foundation compliance test tools and have continued to enhance and maintain the tools over the life of OPC.

May 08, 2007

Junot Systems Launches OPC to SAP Site

The web site showcases Junot's NLINK OPC to SAP Solution..

April 29, 2007

OPC Security Analyzer

The OPCSecurityAnalyzer helps with security permission settings related to OPC DA server access to find why the access to an OPC DA server is denied and to check if the server access is denied for all but the valid users. Local and Remote OPC servers can be browsed and accessed. It shows the Firewall settings and helps quickly make the proper settings.

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March 19, 2007

Kepware offers free download of OPC sample code

The code samples provided in this easy download will help developers who are interested in adding OPC client capabilities to their Visual Basic and Visual C++ applications. VB OPC client code follows the code structure found in the OPC Automation Interface 2.0 specification.