Event Details

OPC Day 2022 – International


Location: Webinar

Webinar / International

Map and Directions

OPC Day International 2022 was held as a virtual event from April 25-29, 2022.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make OPC Day International another tremendous success:

  • Thanks to over 1810 registered attendees for their interest and time.
  • 32 presentations over 5 days: thanks to all speakers for their contribution and willingness to prepare and share information
  • Openness: in total over 11h of recordings and all PDF presentations are available online – free of charge

Links to the conference material

We will send out a survey to attendees to kindly ask them to help us optimize the event for next time.


  • Day 1 – Keynotes

      • Challenges of the energy tranformation by Espen Krogh, CEO Prediktor
        The Energy Transition and Europe’s Energy Crisis urges us to agree upon industrial standards to use in the energy segment. OPC UA is an enabler for this to happen.
      • Northern Lights Digital CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) Value Chain
        by Erik Skjetne, equinor and Kadri Umay, Microsoft
        Topics adressed during presentation:
        1. Background on need for CCS
        2. Background on Northern Lights
        3. Digital value chain of the emerging CCS value chain
        4. OPC UA in the digital backbone
        5. Call for action building a CCS companion spec
      • OPC UA @ IN-Campus
        by Rainer Strobel, PGMM and Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Möhl, LEA Lean Energy Services
        Enabling innovative energy supply and operation concepts using OPC UA at the IN-Campus in Ingolstadt.
        Harmonization and optimized use of current and future regenerative technologies in a secure and expandable information network applying OPC UA.
      • Keynote by Stefan Hoppe, President OPC Foundation

  • Day 2 – Technology updates

      • Security: ECC – Why Does it Matter?
        by Randy Armstrong, OPC Foundation
        – Limitations of RSA
        – Device onboarding and ECC
        – Important differences between OPC UA with RSA and OPC UA with ECC
      • Security: Update of the IT-Security study on OPC UA
        by Jens Cordt, BSI Germany
        – Review of the 2016 study
        – Goals of the new study
        – Results and implications for developers & users
      • Cloud: MQTT – Topic Trees, Metadata and the UA Cloud Library
        by Randy Armstrong, OPC Foundation
        – Introduction to recommended OPC UA MQTT topic tree;
        – How to link PubSub messages to the rich UA information model;
        – The relationship between OPC UA over MQTT and the UA Cloud Library
      • Field: Extending OPC UA to the field level: status and roadmap
        by Peter Lutz, OPC Foundation
        – OPC UA FX (Field eXchange) – Specification Update & Key concepts
        Automation Components – how are they modelled and how do they communicate
        The role of the Connection Manager & Offline Descriptors
        Networking with and without Ethernet TSN
        What features does a UAFX Controller support
        – UAFX Multi-Vendor Demos
        Controller-to-Controller (C2C)
        UAFX over TSN
        – OPC UA Safety
        Specification Update
        Safety Test Tool & Safety Stack
        – Further Roadmap
        Transition to Specification Version 2 for the use cases Controller-to-Device (C2D) incl. Device-to-Device (D2D)

  • Day 3 – Collaboration updates

      • Overview, process and agreements
        by OPC Foundation
      • Digital Transformation of the Lab through upcoming LADS and CAISI OPC UA companion specifications
        by Dr. Matthias Arnold, CEO AixEnginners and Heiko Fessenmayr, Agilent
        – LADS standardizes communication of wide range of different lab instrumentation.
        – CAISI will specialize on integrating analytical instrument systems into analytical data systems (e.g chromatography data systems).
        – LADS and CAISI are collaborating to bring the digital transformation of the lab to a new level.
        – LADS focuses on device centric use-cases such as remote monitoring & control, program & results management and remote service & maintenance.
        – CAISI will initially focus on control for Liquid Chromatography (LC), Gas Chromatography (GC), and associated detectors including single quad mass spectrometer (MS) for standardized integration into their data systems.
        – LADS and CAISI are driven by major laboratory and analytical instrumentation solution providers and end users as well as leading worldwide associations.
      • Relative positioning of objects in a 3D space with OPC UA
        by Suprateek Banerjee, VDMA
        Think of the multitude of scenarios when you would want to trigger an action based on the exact position (in 3D space) of a certain moving part of your system e.g. collaboration of a robotic arm with an inspection system based on a position in 3D space. The RSL harmonization working group has defined a model with the help of which you can describe the relative positions of all the objects of interest in your system with respect to a base frame of reference for that system
      • Seamless positioning in production and logistics
        Harmonized understand of XYZ coordinates across OPC UA companion specs.
        By Dr. Matthias Jöst, Heidelberg-mobil (Lead omlox association)
        – Use case example from production and logistics
        – Overview of the related Companion-Specs – how it is defined there so far.
        – Why is positioning on a global scale a challenge (geo-referencing | projections)
        – Announcement of the new working group | Call for Participation
      • UA 4 Machinery – Cross domain interoperability brought to reality
        by Heiko Herden, VDMA
        In OPC UA for Machinery, interface contents are standardized in a harmonized way. Learn how to ensure a unique identification of the machine by using the parameters inherited from Part 100:Devices. In addition, you will learn how state machines are used to evaluate the machine status in order to enable industry-specific extensions.
      • Scheduling actions in your OPC UA server
        by Wolfgang Mahnke, Unified Automation
        Schedule your weekly machine report, the next time your device will be calibrated or when to turn on and off your heating using the new OPC UA information model “Part 24: Scheduler”. This extensible model provides a weekly schedule as well as specific schedules on specific dates (like public holidays).
      • Common model to manage assets with OPC UA
        by Wolfgang Mahnke, Unified Automation
        Asset management is a common application when considering OPC UA and many companion specifications address it. The harmonization working group has created a common model for asset management (Part 110) that can be used as base by companion specifications for various use cases in asset management. This allows clients to access information on assets of various domains in a common manner.

  • Day 4: Architecture & Application

      • “OPC UA Systems (not just OPC UA Components)”
        by Jim Luth, Schneider-Electric, CTO OPC Foundation
        Vendors produce OPC UA components that are Clients, Servers (sometimes Publishers and Subscribers), but often overlook how the components need to be integrated into systems. In this session system level OPC UA constructs like Onboarding, Discovery (including Aliases) and Certificate/Key management will be discussed with an eye towards what the OPC UA components need to implement to become good OPC UA System citizens.
      • „OPC UA vs. MQTT vs. Asset Admin Shell – oh my!”
        by Erich Barnstedt, Microsoft
        Often, self-proclaimed industry “experts” want to drive wedges between these 3 relevant and important standards, while in reality we need all three and they in fact complement each other. In this session we will learn how.
      • UA Cloud Library: Adoption
        by Erich Barnstedt, Microsoft and Jonathan Malessa, Inray
        In this session, you will hear about the progress we’ve made with the UA Cloud Library, its adoption numbers and integration in open-source tools as well as two commercial products.
      • Renewable solar farms and offshore wind farms use OPC UA information models at large scale
        by Espen Krogh, Prediktor
      • End user success story:
        Digital solutions with OPC UA to increase Operational performance
        by Mariatou Sagna-Biare, L’Oreal.

  • Day 5: “How to?”
    Day 5 will address various topics for the primary audience of end users (SIs, engineers, operations, IT) and management.
    Each presentation focuses on a single key topic. The solution presented is NOT a dive into the deepest technical details, but highlights the benefits of using OPC UA to address that topic.
    Each topic is covered with 5 minutes of simple answers.If you have additional challenges you would like addressed, contact us!Presentations are given by
    – Christopher Anhalt, Softing
    – Jouni Aro, Prosys OPC
    – Darek Kominek, Matrikon
    – Uwe Steinkrauss, Unified Automation

    Migration towards a unified solution
    In today’s IoT era, businesses need an open, secure, and sustainable way to facilitate enterprise-wide OT data access. Find out how OPC UA meets this need and what it can do for you.
    Brownfield: Gateway/Aggregator
    Discover how OPC UA enables companies to modernize their data infrastructures cleanly, sustainably, and cost-effectively by adopting new data components while extending the life of their existing assets.
    IT/OT convergence with OPC UA C/S, PubSub (MQTT, UDP)
    Enterprise-wide data connectivity is not a one-transport-fits-all environment. Discover how OPC UA’s native support for multiple transport types makes it a perfect fit for use throughout the enterprise and cloud communications.
    How to import an information model into my OPC UA server?
    OPC UA-enabled software enables you to do more than just transfer data; it enables you to tailor the context of your source data by importing information models via Companion Specifications and mapping to them.
    Alias names
    With an ever deeper view into the shop floor, the number of OPC UA items available across a plant or enterprise is rapidly growing. Learn how OPC UA Aliases makes finding just the right items easier.
    Security Built In – everywhere
    Growing dependency on automation data throughout the enterprise makes securing data communications essential. Learn how OPC UA thoroughly addresses such security requirements using multiple security mechanisms.
    Reverse Connect
    A key challenge to enterprise-wide OT data sharing is how to traverse firewalls securely. Learn how OPC UA  applications solve this issue using OPC UA Reverse Connect.
    Certificate management
    Security begins with ensuring that trusted components are communicating with each other. Find out how OPC UA takes care of this efficiently using certificates between components or via certificate authorities.
    Global Discovery Server (GDS)
    OPC UA is designed for scalability across the enterprise. Learn how OPC UA makes it easy to find and work with many OPC UA servers dispersed throughout the enterprise using the Global Discovery Server (GDS).
    Scanrate vs. Publishrate
    OPC UA is designed to operate in diverse OT and IT environments. As such, OPC UA differentiates between data scan rates and publish rates. Find out why this matters and how it helps optimize communications.
    Choosing Polling vs Reporting by exception
    To best accommodate real-world scenarios, OPC UA provides two methods for determining when an OPC UA server sends data updates to OPC UA clients. Learn the difference between polling and reporting by exception and when to use them.
    Deadband: Reduce Traffic
    OPC UA Deadband functionality serves as an effective method for controlling how much data an OPC UA server sends to subscribed OPC UA clients. Learn when and how to take advantage of this function.
    Automatic reconnection and data consistency
    OPC UA applications can employ different data loss prevention mechanisims in the event of connection breaks that last for a few seconds or much longer durations. Get a quick overview of those mechanisms and when each of them is best used.