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Attachment 1 for Test Application
Processing of Test Requests
The OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab carries out the tests impartially, in the chronological sequence in which the orders were received. During the entire process, from arrival to return shipment, it is ensured that unauthorized persons will have no access to the test item.
The client, as well as persons from the OPC Foundation Compliance Working Group, has the right to be present during the testing as witnesses. The person responsible for the test will ensure that the principle of confidentiality vis-à-vis other clients as well as safety measures are not jeopardized by this.
Processing of the Test Request
For the test, the applicant makes available to the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab the software/device (product) to be tested, including technical documentation, licensing, technical [human] resources, and any additional cabling, peripherals, and device drivers. For the test to be considered a prototype test, the specimen has to correspond to the products of the series.
On physical arrival of shipments, the test objects are immediately taken to the rooms of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab. As a rule, this is done with the specimen still packaged. The OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab checks and documents the complete shipment. Electronic deliveries are treated in the same manner.
During arrival inspection, the scope and the testability of the test item are determined and documented. The test request is returned with a corresponding explanation if it is determined that the client’s requirements exceed the testing capability of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab regarding testing scope and measuring accuracy, or that the test item does not meet the technical prerequisites for a test according to the testing methods and testing procedures used as a basis. In addition, all those applications are returned which endanger objective results or which are of small significance.
Storing the Test Object
If testing of the item cannot be started immediately after its receipt, then physical items will be properly stored and placed under lock and key; and electronic items will be stored securely on a private network.
The test is carried out exclusively according to OPC guidelines for operating OPC Foundation Certification test labs and according to internal instructions of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab. The test is carried out by appropriately trained personnel expressly assigned by the director of the Certification Test Lab.
The test is based on testing methods, including testing instructions and testing specifications, of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab recognized by the OPC Foundation The testing procedure, and the results gained through it, are monitored by the director of the Certification Test Lab or representative. The client will be informed within a reasonable time about discrepancies which occur during testing. Steps to correct them can only be initiated by the client.
After the entire test has been concluded, the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab will summarize the results of the test in a test report.
Test /Application for OPC Server/Client Products
The test report lists all test items which were passed, not passed and which are undecided. The test report states explicitly that the test as executed means a single run of the test items indicated, with a single specimen of the customer implementation. From this, neither a general claim of proven standard conformity of the tested implementation can be derived, nor is a statement included regarding stability or quality. On request, the test protocols made by the test system during testing are made available to the customer in their entirety.
Within two weeks, the customer can, in writing, appeal the test results mentioned in the test report. If, within an additional 4 weeks, no agreement can be reached between the customer and the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab, the customer has the right to turn to the OPC Foundation Director of Compliance for arbitration, to whom the OPC Foundation itself assigns the task of a mediation- and arbitration center, according to its overall requirements for testing and certification.
In accordance with the OPC Foundation guidelines, the test plant is continually expanded -within the scope of what is technically possible- with a wide spectrum of OPC-products by different manufacturers, in order to ensure interoperability with as many OPC-products as possible. An agreement must be made between the manufacturer and the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab if the customer wishes the product to be returned. It is assumed unless otherwise noted that the product under test will remain at the LAB facility.
Shipping by the OPC Foundation Test Lab
If the tested product is to be returned to the customer, the following procedure is followed.
Within a reasonable time after the test has been completed, the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab will provide for suitable packaging and proper shipment of the devices, data media and documents. How the items are shipped is to be agreed on with the client beforehand. In every case it is guaranteed that the item is protected from damage and unauthorized interference during storage, transport and shipping. The customer and the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab will receive copies of the shipping papers. Costs for packaging and shipping are borne by the customer. Electronic items will be securely archived to achieve confidentiality.
The Customer Transports Devices, Data Media, and Documents
The customer (or representative) is provided suitable opportunity and assistance to pack, load and transport the items mentioned above. The transfer is confirmed by the customer or representative. The customer bears the cost for packaging.
Confidential Treatment of Customer-Specific Information & Products
The employees of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab are obligated to treat all customer-specific information and products confidentially.
Corresponding to the capacity of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab, simultaneous processing of test requests is provided for. To ensure confidentiality vis-à-vis different customers, an agreement is made that only one customer (or his representative) respectively shall be present in the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab, and that confidentiality vis-à-vis the other customers is maintained. An agreement can be made that several customers (or their representatives) are present at the same time but this requires the consent of all customers.
Special Arrangement if Orders for Testing are interrupted
The customer’s products, data media and documents remain in the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab if there is an interruption of the test assignment and the customer doesn’t take them back.
If the interruption is of a longer duration and the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab wants to utilize the lab facilities for carrying out another test assignment, this assignment can only be started with the consent of the customer whose assignment was interrupted after all customer units are either returned to the customer or stored at a different site. All customer-specific information on paper and on data media pertaining to the interrupted test assignment will be removed from the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab and archived.
Documentation of the Test Results
The documentation of the test results which are summarized in the test report ensures that the test can be repeated any time under the same conditions. All documentation is marked unmistakably with at least the following entries: name of document, unmistakable test number, date.
All test results are treated confidentially and are suitably filed. The safekeeping period is 3 years. The documents are filed in the document cabinet of the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab and in the archives of OPC Foundation, in Scottsdale, Arizona. After this time has expired, the documents may be destroyed and the data media deleted.
Corrections or additions after the test report has been issued are marked as additions to the test report. The additions are marked with a consecutive number, and are assigned clearly to this test report by its number. Regarding format, the additions correspond to the specifications for test reports.
The test reports do not contain advice or suggestions which ensue from the test results.
The test reports are treated as confidential and will be distributed to the point of contact only. The client is free to share the test report with their team and their customers as they see fit.
The cancellation of scheduled testing is a major disruption to our planning and resource assignments. To cancel a scheduled test the test-candidate must provide a minimum 2-weeks notice. Cancellations that occur within 2-weeks of the scheduled testing may forfeit a free testing credit, at the discretion of the Lab Manager. A cancelled test may be rescheduled for next available time-slot, or later.
The Test Lab will make every effort to honor all scheduled tests. In an extreme situation a Test Lab may need to cancel a scheduled test. In this situation the Test Lab must make every effort to conduct the testing within an acceptable time-frame in agreement with the customer.
Attachment 2 for Test Application
Terms of Delivery and Payment
The delivery and payment terms of OPC Foundation apply (refer to Attachment 3 – Test Request). The contractor only guarantees the following:
- that the tests are executed correctly by adhering to the latest
version of the OPC guidelines when the order was placed, and to the test
guidelines agreed upon with the client;
- that the data in the documents prepared about these tests
corresponds to the test result
- that the evaluations of the product tested are made as
conscientiously as is done with the contractor’s own products
The warranty period is 12 months starting with the return of the tested product by the contractor to the client or after submitting the test report to the client if the tested product remains with the contractor for expanding the test system.
Warranty claims are to be filed including a fault description that is as exact as possible. If the claim is valid, the contractor, under exclusion of further claims, is obligated to remedy the fault at his expense, with a new test if required, and to correct data in the test documents which doesn’t apply. If it turns out that the fault reported did not exist, the client has to bear the cost for the new test.
THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS AND CONSTITUTES THE ONLY WARRANTY OF OPC FOUNDATION. WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES PROVIDED.
The foregoing states Clients exclusive remedy against OPC Foundation for any defect in the Services or for failure of the Services to be as warranted, whether Client’s remedy is based on contract, warranty, failure of such remedy to achieve its essential purpose, tort (including negligence), strict liability, indemnity or any other legal theory, and whether arising out of warranties, representations, instructions, installations or defects from any cause.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY- NEITHER OPC FOUNDATION., NOR ITS SUPPLIERS SHALL BE LIABLE, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, FAILURE OF A REMEDY TO ACHIEVE ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, INDEMNITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, FOR LOSS OF USE, REVENUE OR PROFIT, OR FOR COST OF CAPITAL OR OF SUBSTITUTE USE OR PERFORMANCE, OR FOR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, LIQUIDATED, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR COST OF A SIMILAR TYPE, OR FOR CLAIMS BY CLIENT FOR SUCH DAMAGES RESULTING TO ANY THIRD PARTY.
Place of Settlement
Governing Law and Assignment- The laws of the State of Arizona shall govern the validity, interpretation and enforcement of this Agreement. Assignment of this agreement may be made only upon the written consent of both parties, except that OPC Foundation may assign this Agreement to a partner of the OPC Foundation without the consent of the Client. Any attempted assignment or transfer of any of the rights, duties or obligations of this Agreement by either party, other than as specifically allowed by the OPC Foundation herein, shall be void. If consent is given, this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the assigns.
Attachment 3 – Test Request
The fees for carrying out the tests are based on a fixed daily rate of $1000. There is no distinction between Client and Server testing. There is no distinction between software and hardware based testing.
It is estimated that the testing of any single OPC interface will require approximately 2 to 3 days of testing. However, more complex systems may require additional time.
In the event that lab personnel must spend time determining how a product functions in order to conduct testing or in the event of
failures which require a re-test cycle, additional charges will be incurred by the applicant. Each additional day will cost $1,000.
The service consists of testing and the generation of test reports.
Exemption of Fees
OPC Foundation members are entitled to FREE product certification, based on their level of membership. The table below shows the number of products that can be tested in the lab for free. Free testing includes one re-test in the event that the initial testing results in a failure.
- Class A: 4 Products
- Class B: 3 Products
- Class C: 2 Products
- Class D: 1 Product
When a customer reaches or exceeds the number of products and retries as described above, then all subsequent services provided by the OPC Foundation Certification Test Lab will be charged at the rate described in Fee Schedule, above.