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OPC UA Interoperability Workshop, Virtual

Overview

IOP Workshop Virtual network structure

In 2021 OPC Foundation is organizing the first world-wide, virtual IOP Workshop (Online), which will connect OPC enabled products from all around the world to ensure global interoperability and Plug & Play solutions.

This workshop takes place April 12th – 16th 2021 and is intended for experienced IOP Workshop attendees. Because of the lack of in-person interactions and on-site help during this IOP Workshop, attendees are expected to have attended at least one IOP Workshop in the past.

Vendors can test and debug their products against one another for interoperability, robustness, and reliability.

Plan on debugging issues that occur and be prepared to modify your software components if required. Testing will be primarily for the successful operation between clients and servers; we will test for failures as time permits.

The 2019 IOPs were very successful, with several members reporting that it was “extremely valuable” in preparing their products for release.

The virtual IOP Workshop is open to corporate members of the OPC Foundation. Registration starts on March 1st and closes on April 1st. The space is limited to 30 server products, so check back and register in time!

Available OPC Technology For Testing

  • OPC UA Client/Server
  • OPC UA PubSub (Unicast)
  • Global Discovery Services

Provided Infrastructure For Testing

  • Software packages to access the virtualized testing network
  • Global Discovery Server for Certificate and Endpoint management
  • Web-based application providing Test suggestions and for recording test results
  • Opportunity for attendees to organize testing slots
  • Communication platform for fast interactions

What to prepare

  • OPC product(s) for testing
  • Access to the virtualized testing network
  • Reserve timeslots for 1:1 testing during the IOP Workshop

Agenda

Interoperability Workshop Preparations

Attendees will be asked to specify their products in the OPC Interoperability Test Application in order to have more time for testing during the workshop. Instructions will be provided in the event payment conformation email.

We will enable the VPN connections in the week before the IOP Workshop. During this week we highly recommend everybody to establish the connection and verify everything is operational. If needed, we will be provided support and guidance during this week to fix / address potential issues.

Starting Session and Introduction

Monday, 12th of April 12:00 – 17:30 CET | 10:00 UTC (Europe)

Monday, 12th of April 12:00 – 17:30 EST | 16:00 UTC (North America)

Tuesday, 13th of April 12:00 – 17:30 JST | 03:00 UTC (Asia)

  • Introduction of regional and global contact persons
  • Introduction of new IOP System
  • Network and Computer Setup
  • Verify Connectivity

All Sessions will be held in English language and will only differ in time. Please feel free to dial in to any session that is appropriate for you.

Introduction to the infrastructure and the test procedure:

  • All Servers have to be specified by means of a web-based entry form (general properties, supported optional interfaces, etc.). This test data will be available for the clients.
  • Clients will also use web-based entry forms to find available servers, view their properties, select them for testing, fill in test results, etc.

General Testing

The remaining time will be available for general testing. Every client is expected to perform an IOP test with all available servers of other vendors. Web-based forms will show the status with respect to available servers and clients.

Handling the different time zones the attendees are in, a system will be provided to schedule 1:1 testing sessions between vendors. E.g. Person A, located in Germany, plans to test with Person B, located at the US West Cost, then they can schedule a testing/debug session for one hour starting at 5 p.m. CET / 8 a.m. PDT. To accommodate the time differences, it is possible to test with multiple persons and distribute the international testing internally.

Display of the different time zones

From experience, we estimate an average of two hours for each test combination.

Each client vendor must enter the test results for each tested server into a web-based database. The database will be available to all participants at the end of the workshop.

End of IOP Workshop

12:00 JST (Asia)

12:00 CET (Europe)

12:00 EST (North America)

  • Wrap up and disconnection of clients/servers

Primary Contact

If you have questions about the OPC Interoperability Workshop, please contact:

Alexander Allmendinger, OPC Foundation
iop@opcfoundation.org

Hannover Messe (Digital)

In view of the current developments surrounding Covid-19, Deutsche Messe AG, together with the exhibitors of HANNOVER MESSE, has decided to stage the world’s leading industrial trade fair in a purely digital format in April 2021.

See event information here.

OPC Foundation booked a (virtual) “Digital Booth”

OPCF members only: See information about a partnerpod here

See list of 2019 sponsors with partnerpods on the OPC main booth

 

 

OPC Day 2021 – International


Welcome to the OPC Day 2021 – International second time as a digital event.

The OPC Foundation will host the digital event from June 08-10, 2021 with 3 hours per day (2h content + 1h Q&A). Each session twice in different time zones to serve America, Europe and Asia.


Registration:


 


Agenda:

  • Day 1: Keynotes Level (Target Group: Management, Product Managers & Architects)
  • Day 2: Technology Update Level (Target group: Implementers, Developers, Product Managers, Program Managers)
  • Day 3: Adaption & Solutions (Target Group: End-Users)

More details will be available in time.

 

OPC Interoperability Workshop, Japan

Overview

Interop

The Japanese OPC Interoperability Workshop (IOP) 2021 in Tokio will be hosted this year in the TIME24 Building. This workshop is “the” event for testing OPC products for interoperability and preparing them for market. Vendors can test and debug their products against one another for interoperability, compliance and reliability. IOP workshops also provide an ideal opportunity to network with your peers, learn about OPC technology.

This workshop will be operated by OPC Foundation Japan.

The OPC Interoperability Workshop is a “must attend” event for anyone preparing their OPC UA products for market. Test and debug your applications while running against dozens of other vendor products in a real-world environment including Windows, Linux, and Embedded devices. The 2019 IOPs were very successful, with several members reporting that it was “extremely valuable” in preparing their products for release.

OPC Interoperability Workshops are open to OPC Foundation corporate member companies only.
Registration starts on 1st of May and the space is limited to 60 attendees. So please check back and register in time!

Note: Because of national restrictions due to COVID-19 in the hosting country, this event may get canceled on short notice. We recommend to use flexible tariffs for your travel arrangements.

Details

Available OPC Technology For Testing

  • OPC Unified Architecture (UA) – Windows, Linux, Embedded

Provided Infrastructure For Testing

  • Local Area Network consisting of a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable
  • Internet access
  • Web-based application providing Test suggestions and for recording test results

What to Bring

  • Computer (laptops are preferred) containing your OPC product(s) for testing.
  • Backup drives and/or restoration DVDs in the event your PC crashes.
  • Any additional hardware/software needed to conduct your testing.

Challenge “Stress” Test

This year’s IOP will see the return of the Challenge Test, in which multiple OPC Clients and Servers will be stress tested with thousands of tags/nodes per connection, concurrently during network connectivity losses.
Products that successfully pass the Challenge Test are ideal candidates for OPC Foundation lab certification.

Agenda

Interoperability Workshop Preparations

Attendees will be asked to specify their products in the OPC Interoperability Test Application in order to have more time for testing during the workshop.

Wednesday, June 17th

9:30 – 17:30

  • Network and Computer Setup
  • Verify Connectivity
  • Begin General Testing

We will start with network configuration. This will be done step-by-step with on-screen instructions. After successful configuration all PCs will be part of the test network. A “share” partition on the server will be used to exchange files, if necessary.

Introduction to the infrastructure and the test procedure:

  • All Servers have to be specified by means of a web-based entry form (general properties, supported optional interfaces, supported ItemIDs/Conditions, etc.). This test data will be available for the clients.
  • Clients will also use web-based entry forms to find available servers, view their properties, select them for testing, fill in test results, etc..

Thursday, June 18th

09:00 – 17:45

  • General Testing

Friday, June 19th

08:50 – 11:30

  • General Testing

12:30 – 16:00

  • Challenge Testing

16:00 – 17:00

  • Wrap-up
  • Generate Final Database

All days will be available for general testing. Every client vendor should perform an IOP test with every other vendor’s server(s). Web-based forms will show the status with respect to available servers and clients.

Each client vendor must enter the test results for each tested server into a web-based database. The database will be available to all participants at the end of the workshop.

Some of us will be available to help resolve general problems (Certification trust, network, specification ambiguities)

Sindex Bern

SINDEX is the leading Swiss trade fair for industrial automation. The most important meeting place for the industry shows trends, innovations and key technologies of tomorrow, covering both individual components and complete Solutions.

OPC Foundation is involved into “Innovation im Dialog” which is about Cyber Security. Please listen to the presentation from Alexander Allmendinger, Lead OPC Foundation Certification Lab Europe about “Security in Industrial Automation” and learn about security built in by design of OPC UA.

 

OPC UA Interoperability Workshop, Europe – Session 1

Overview

Interop

In 2021 OPC Foundation is organizing two IOP events in Europe

This workshop from October 18st – 22th is the first of two events in Europe for testing OPC products for interoperability and preparing them for market. Vendors can test and debug their products against one another for interoperability, compliance and reliability. IOP workshops also provide an ideal opportunity to network with your peers, learn about OPC technology and interact with industry-leading experts.

Plan on debugging issues that occur and be prepared to modify your software components if required. Testing will be primarily for the successful operation between clients and servers; we will test for failures as time permits.

The 2019 IOPs were very successful, with several members reporting that it was “extremely valuable” in preparing their products for release.

The OPC Interoperability Workshops are open to OPC Foundation member companies only at a cost of US $500 per person. Registration starts on September 1st and the space is limited to 25 attendees, so check back and register in time!

Note: Because of national restrictions due to COVID-19 in the hosting country, this event may get canceled on short notice. We recommend to use flexible tariffs for your travel arrangements.

Available OPC Technology For Testing

  • OPC Unified Architecture (UA) – Windows, Linux, Embedded

Provided Infrastructure For Testing

  • Local Area Network consisting of a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable
  • Internet access
  • Web-based application providing Test suggestions and for recording test results
  • Global Discovery Server

What to Bring

  • Computer (laptops are preferred) containing your OPC product(s) for testing.
  • Backup drives and/or restoration DVDs in the event your PC crashes.
  • Any additional hardware/software needed to conduct your testing.

Agenda

Interoperability Workshop Preparations

Attendees will be asked to specify their products in the OPC Interoperability Test Application in order to have more time for testing during the workshop. Instructions will be provided in the event payment conformation email.

Monday, 18 October

12:00 – 17:30

  • Network and Computer Setup
  • Verify Connectivity
  • Begin General Testing

We will start with network configuration. This will be done step-by-step with on-screen instructions. After successful configuration all PCs will be part of the test network. A “share” partition on the server will be used to exchange files, if necessary.

Introduction to the infrastructure and the test procedure:

  • All Servers have to be specified by means of a web-based entry form (general properties, supported optional interfaces, supported ItemIDs/Conditions, etc.). This test data will be available for the clients.
  • Clients will also use web-based entry forms to find available servers, view their properties, select them for testing, fill in test results, etc..

Tuesday, 19 October – Thursday, 21 September

08:30 – 17:30

  • General Testing

These three and a half days will be available for general testing. Every client has to perform an IOP test with every server of different vendors. Web-based forms will show the status with respect to available servers and clients.

From past experience, we estimate an average of one hour for each test combination.

Each client vendor must enter the test results for each tested server into a web-based database. The database will be available to all participants at the end of the workshop.

Friday, 22 October

08:30 – 12:00

  • General Testing

Location

Description:

Directions to Siemens
By Car
From: München / Berlin
Take motorway A9 towards Nürnberg until motorway intersection Nürnberg-Ost (do not drive towards Heilbronn at the exit Feucht already!);
Now take motorway A6 towards Heilbronn;
Exit the motorway at “Langwasser”, heading for Innenstadt/Messe;
SIEMENS is the first building on the right hand side (approx. 600 meters from the motorway exit);
Please, use the visitor parking area and entrance (second drive).
From: Karlsruhe / Stuttgart / Heilbronn / Amberg
Take motorway A6 towards Heilbronn;
Exit the motorway at “Langwasser”, heading for Innenstadt/Messe;
SIEMENS is the first building on the right hand side (approx. 600 meters from the motorway exit);
Please, use the visitor parking area and entrance (second drive).
From: Würzburg / Frankfurt
Take motorway A3 towards Nürnberg / München until motorway intersection Nürnberg;
Now take motorway A9 towards München until motorway intersection Nürnberg-Ost;
Take motorway A6 towards Heilbronn;
Exit the motorway at “Langwasser”, heading for Innenstadt/Messe;
SIEMENS is the first building on the right hand side (approx. 600 meters from the motorway exit);
Please, use the visitor parking area and entrance (second drive).
By plane or train
From the Airport by public Transportation
Take subway no. 2 towards Nürnberg main station;
Exit at Nürnberg main station and change to subway no. 1 towards Langwasser;
Exit at Langwasser-Mitte and take bus no. 57 towards Fischbach;
Exit at Moorenbrunn-Feld, SIEMENS is right across the street.
From the Main Station by public Transportation
Exit at Nürnberg main station;
Take subway no. 1 towards Langwasser;
Exit at Langwasser-Mitte and take bus no. 57 towards Fischbach;
Exit at Moorenbrunn-Feld, SIEMENS is right across the street.
From the Airport or Main Station by Taxi
The taxi stand is right in front of the exit from the airport or main station. The length of the trip and its costs applies to normal traffic circumstances.
From the airport to SIEMENS Moorenbrunn
Length of time: about 25-30 min.
Price: about €45
From the main station to SIEMENS Moorenbrunn
Length of time: about 15-20 min.
Price: about €30
Siemens AG

Gleiwitzer Straße 555
Nürnberg
90475
Germany

Venue Website:

Hotels

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations.

Following is a list of hotels in the vicinity:

  • Arvena Park Hotel: Nürnberg-Langwasser, 2 km
    Special rate provided for bookings from Monday, 18th of October till Friday, 22th October when specifying the keyword “European-IOP-2021-1” in the booking.
  • Country inn Gentner: Moorenbrunn, 1 km
  • Ramada Treff: Altenfurt, 1 km
  • Silberhorn: Fischbach, 3 km

Additional popular hotels include:

Inter City Hotel (City Center)
Eilgutstr. 8, Nürnberg
Phone: +49-911 / 24 78 0
Fax: 24 78-99 9

Maritim Hotel (City Center)
Frauentorgraben 11, Nürnberg
Phone: +49-911 / 23 63 0
Fax: 2363836

Carlton (City Center)
Eilgutstr. 13-15, Nürnberg
Phone: +49-911 / 20 03 0
Fax: 2003532

Primary Contact

If you have questions about the OPC Interoperability Workshop, please contact:

Frank Volkmann, Siemens AG
frank.volkmann@siemens.com
Phone: +49-911-895-2129
Fax: +49-911-895-152129

OPC UA Interoperability Workshop, Europe – Session 2

Overview

Interop

In 2021 OPC Foundation is organizing two IOP events in Europe

This workshop from October 25th – 29th is the second of two events in Europe for testing OPC products for interoperability and preparing them for market. Vendors can test and debug their products against one another for interoperability, compliance and reliability. IOP workshops also provide an ideal opportunity to network with your peers, learn about OPC technology and interact with industry-leading experts.

Plan on debugging issues that occur and be prepared to modify your software components if required. Testing will be primarily for the successful operation between clients and servers; we will test for failures as time permits.

The 2019 IOPs were very successful, with several members reporting that it was “extremely valuable” in preparing their products for release.

The OPC Interoperability Workshops are open to OPC Foundation member companies only at a cost of US $500 per person. Registration starts on September 1st and the space is limited to 25 attendees, so check back and register in time!

Note: Because of national restrictions due to COVID-19 in the hosting country, this event may get canceled on short notice. We recommend to use flexible tariffs for your travel arrangements.

Available OPC Technology For Testing

  • OPC Unified Architecture (UA) – Windows, Linux, Embedded

Provided Infrastructure For Testing

  • Local Area Network consisting of a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable
  • Internet access
  • Web-based application providing Test suggestions and for recording test results
  • Global Discovery Server

What to Bring

  • Computer (laptops are preferred) containing your OPC product(s) for testing.
  • Backup drives and/or restoration DVDs in the event your PC crashes.
  • Any additional hardware/software needed to conduct your testing.

Agenda

Interoperability Workshop Preparations

Attendees will be asked to specify their products in the OPC Interoperability Test Application in order to have more time for testing during the workshop. Instructions will be provided in the event payment conformation email.

Monday, 25 October

12:00 – 17:30

  • Network and Computer Setup
  • Verify Connectivity
  • Begin General Testing

We will start with network configuration. This will be done step-by-step with on-screen instructions. After successful configuration all PCs will be part of the test network. A “share” partition on the server will be used to exchange files, if necessary.

Introduction to the infrastructure and the test procedure:

  • All Servers have to be specified by means of a web-based entry form (general properties, supported optional interfaces, supported ItemIDs/Conditions, etc.). This test data will be available for the clients.
  • Clients will also use web-based entry forms to find available servers, view their properties, select them for testing, fill in test results, etc..

Tuesday, 26 October – Thursday, 28 September

08:30 – 17:30

  • General Testing

These three and a half days will be available for general testing. Every client has to perform an IOP test with every server of different vendors. Web-based forms will show the status with respect to available servers and clients.

From past experience, we estimate an average of one hour for each test combination.

Each client vendor must enter the test results for each tested server into a web-based database. The database will be available to all participants at the end of the workshop.

Friday, 29 October

08:30 – 12:00

  • General Testing

Location

Description:

Directions to Siemens
By Car
From: München / Berlin
Take motorway A9 towards Nürnberg until motorway intersection Nürnberg-Ost (do not drive towards Heilbronn at the exit Feucht already!);
Now take motorway A6 towards Heilbronn;
Exit the motorway at “Langwasser”, heading for Innenstadt/Messe;
SIEMENS is the first building on the right hand side (approx. 600 meters from the motorway exit);
Please, use the visitor parking area and entrance (second drive).
From: Karlsruhe / Stuttgart / Heilbronn / Amberg
Take motorway A6 towards Heilbronn;
Exit the motorway at “Langwasser”, heading for Innenstadt/Messe;
SIEMENS is the first building on the right hand side (approx. 600 meters from the motorway exit);
Please, use the visitor parking area and entrance (second drive).
From: Würzburg / Frankfurt
Take motorway A3 towards Nürnberg / München until motorway intersection Nürnberg;
Now take motorway A9 towards München until motorway intersection Nürnberg-Ost;
Take motorway A6 towards Heilbronn;
Exit the motorway at “Langwasser”, heading for Innenstadt/Messe;
SIEMENS is the first building on the right hand side (approx. 600 meters from the motorway exit);
Please, use the visitor parking area and entrance (second drive).
By plane or train
From the Airport by public Transportation
Take subway no. 2 towards Nürnberg main station;
Exit at Nürnberg main station and change to subway no. 1 towards Langwasser;
Exit at Langwasser-Mitte and take bus no. 57 towards Fischbach;
Exit at Moorenbrunn-Feld, SIEMENS is right across the street.
From the Main Station by public Transportation
Exit at Nürnberg main station;
Take subway no. 1 towards Langwasser;
Exit at Langwasser-Mitte and take bus no. 57 towards Fischbach;
Exit at Moorenbrunn-Feld, SIEMENS is right across the street.
From the Airport or Main Station by Taxi
The taxi stand is right in front of the exit from the airport or main station. The length of the trip and its costs applies to normal traffic circumstances.
From the airport to SIEMENS Moorenbrunn
Length of time: about 25-30 min.
Price: about €45
From the main station to SIEMENS Moorenbrunn
Length of time: about 15-20 min.
Price: about €30
Siemens AG

Gleiwitzer Straße 555
Nürnberg
90475
Germany

Venue Website:

Hotels

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations.

Following is a list of hotels in the vicinity:

  • Arvena Park Hotel: Nürnberg-Langwasser, 2 km
    Special rate provided for bookings from Monday, 18th of October till Friday, 22th October when specifying the keyword “European-IOP-2021-2” in the booking.
  • Country inn Gentner: Moorenbrunn, 1 km
  • Ramada Treff: Altenfurt, 1 km
  • Silberhorn: Fischbach, 3 km

Additional popular hotels include:

Inter City Hotel (City Center)
Eilgutstr. 8, Nürnberg
Phone: +49-911 / 24 78 0
Fax: 24 78-99 9

Maritim Hotel (City Center)
Frauentorgraben 11, Nürnberg
Phone: +49-911 / 23 63 0
Fax: 2363836

Carlton (City Center)
Eilgutstr. 13-15, Nürnberg
Phone: +49-911 / 20 03 0
Fax: 2003532

Primary Contact

If you have questions about the OPC Interoperability Workshop, please contact:

Frank Volkmann, Siemens AG
frank.volkmann@siemens.com
Phone: +49-911-895-2129
Fax: +49-911-895-152129

SPS 2021

SPS now means “Smart Production Solutions” (previous “SPS IPC Drives”) 

OPC Foundation booked a 300qm booth at SPS 2021 to show status of OPC UA technology and products and solutions from OPC members.

List of of 2019 Partner pods at the OPC booth:

Demos 2019

Guests 2019

  • LNI – Labs Networks Industries
  • Standardization Council Industrie 4.0

Additional details on SPS may be found here.