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Process Automation Device Information Model (PA-DIM) Working Group Introduces Extensions to Standard with Release of Version 1.1


Standard expands to support analyzer device types and data modeling extensions, enhancing interoperability for process applications Frankfurt, Germany, 11 June 2024 – The co-owners of Process Automation Device Information Model (PA-DIM), including FDT Group, FieldComm Group, ISA 100 WCI, NAMUR, ODVA, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS and PROFINET International, VDMA, and ZVEI, today announced the release of […]

OPC Foundation launches OPC UA Cloud Initiative


Cloud providers and large manufacturers support the new initiative to enhance Interoperability within IT and cloud environments leveraging OPC UA Scottsdale, AZ – April 22nd, 2024 – The OPC Foundation has unveiled a new initiative to boost interoperability across IT and cloud platforms using OPC UA, targeting applications like: data analytics using AI, Industrial Data […]

Battery Passport Proof of Concept based on OPC UA


OPC Foundation, CESMII, and VDMA advances existing demonstrator for Product Carbon Footprint and Digital Product Passport with the Battery Passport, modelled with OPC UA Scottsdale, AZ – April 22nd, 2024 – The OPC Foundation, a global consortium tasked with the development and maintenance of industrial interoperability standards, also develops solutions to fulfill governmental regulations for […]

OPC UA connects the industry to the Metaverse


Metaverse concept and real world examples for Digital Twins in industrial automation have been published Scottsdale, AZ – November 14th , 2023 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the completion and publication of its Metaverse work. After needs for a standardized Metaverse solution being raised by Dr. Holger Kenn, Microsoft, in October 2022 the […]

Available: Presentations, Recordings and Q&A from OPC Day 2023 – International


Scottsdale, AZ – July 1th, 2023: The OPC Foundation would like to thank all participants for their participation and all speakers for their amazing support at the “OPC Day 2023 – Interational”. With 2142 registered attendees in 2023, we saw a significant increase in the number of participants compared to last year with 1814 attendees. […]

ANIE Automazione and OPC Foundation announce Liaison Agreement Agreement to cooperate on adaption of OPC UA


Parma, Italy May, 23rd 2023 – ANIE Automazione and OPC Foundation are proud to announce a comprehensive collaboration program, focusing on the technology transfer and adoption of OPC UA for the Italian market. ANIE Automazione and OPC Foundation have agreed to the following activities: Realizing interoperability demos on the “field level” and “field-to-cloud” paradigms. Extensive […]

OPC Foundation Extends OPC UA with standardized REST-Interface


OPC UA via HTTP REST allows IT-Applications access to OPC UA applications and their data described in over 90+ standardized domain-specific information models Scottsdale – AZ, April 17, 2023 – The OPC Foundation, a global organization dedicated to the interoperability in industrial automation and the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that it expands the […]

Bitkom and the OPC Foundation cooperate for the common goal of establishing and implementing interoperable interfaces for Industrie 4.0


Hanover, April 17, 2023 – The digital association Bitkom e.V. and the OPC Foundation today announced a collaboration at Hannover Messe 2023. Together, they want to contribute to the establishment and implementation of interoperable interfaces in the context of Industrie 4.0 in a constructive exchange of views. The overall goal of the cooperation is to […]

Associations AutomationML e.V., IDTA, OPC Foundation and VDMA publish a joint target picture and recommendations for action for industrial interoperability


Hanover – Germany, April 17, 2023: The associations AutomationML e.V., Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA), OPC Foundation and VDMA announce the publication of a jointly prepared discussion paper on ” Interoperabilität mit AutomationML, der Verwaltungsschale, OPC UA inklusive Companion Specifications”. The (German language only) paper is available for download from the respective organizations. Download here […]

The OPC Foundation Welcomes Procter & Gamble as its 900th Member


Membership growth reflects the strong market adoption of OPC Unified Architecture Scottsdale, AZ – February 6, 2023 – The OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Procter & Gamble as the 900th OPC Foundation member. A leading consumer goods company, P&G is also a global leader in the Smart Manufacturing domain through its efforts to drive […]

Digital Twin Consortium and OPC Foundation Announce Liaison Agreement


Agreement to advance the use of digital twins in manufacturing across industries ORLANDO, FL – FEBRUARY 6, 2023 – Today at the ARC Forum 2023, Digital Twin Consortium® (DTC) and OPC Foundation announced a liaison agreement to accelerate the development and adoption of digital twin-enabling technologies. The DTC and the OPC Foundation have worked closely […]

The OPC Foundation releases the OPC UA Field eXchange (UAFX) Specifications


The release of the UAFX specifications heralds the dawn of a new generation of secure, open standard based Field Level communications. Scottsdale, AZ – November 8th, 2022 – The OPC Foundation (OPCF) announces that its Field Level Communications (FLC) Initiative has released the first set of OPC UA Field eXchange (UAFX) specifications, which lay the […]

Industrial Ethernet Security Harmonization Group (IESHG) publish first whitepaper


Scottsdale, AZ – November 8th, 2022 – The major Standards Development Organizations OPC Foundation, PI, ODVA and FieldComm Group announce the release of the first whitepaper of their joint working group called Industrial Ethernet Security Harmonization Group (IESHG). The IESHG meets on a regular basis to discuss security topics in the industrial automation context. The […]

OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group Cooperate to Develop an Instrumentation Device Profile for OPC UA Field eXchange


Cooperation will harmonize OPC UA-based field instruments and accelerate development and adoption in automation Frankfurt, Germany – August 23rd, 2022 – The OPC Foundation (OPCF) and the FieldComm Group (FCG) are pleased to announce a collaboration to drive multi-vendor interoperability of instrumentation devices based on OPC UA and the extensions for the field level, named […]

ISA100 WCI, NAMUR, ODVA, PI, VDMA, and ZVEI Plan to Partner with FieldComm Group and OPC Foundation to Collaboratively Develop the Process Automation Device Information Model Standard


 Collaboration promises to simplify integration of OT and IT systems by optimizing process automation end users’ management of data from field devices  Frankfurt, Germany – August 23, 2022 – Major standards development and end user organizations serving the process automation industry announce today ongoing collaboration work on the specification for a standardized Process Automation Device […]

OPC Foundation Elects Board of Directors Members and Names Dr. Holger Kenn as Chairman


Growing OPC Foundation Board of Directors member diversity reflects the expanding role OPC UA plays in OT and IT. Scottsdale, AZ – May 31st, 2022 –The OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Dr. Holger Kenn (Microsoft), Mr. Claudius Link (SAP), Mr. Andreas Faath (VDMA), Mr. Aurelien Le Sant (Schneider-Electric) and Dr. Kazuhiro Kusunoki (Mitsubishi Electric) […]

Everything is moving – OPC UA Companion Specification „Global Positioning”


Cooperation between AIM, OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS&PROFINET International Scottsdale, AZ, May 24th, 2022: Everything is moving – this expression best describes the dynamics in production and logistics today. Products, robots, autonomous vehicles, and humans in between. To ensure a smooth production flow in such a mobile environment, machines and software systems need a common understanding […]

CISA Alert (AA22-103A): APT Cyber Tools Targeting ICS/SCADA Devices


As recently reported by CISA (The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency – a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), a set of tools have been discovered that can be used to compromise Industrial Control Systems. Unfortunately, the report also incorrectly suggested that the tools compromise OPC UA Servers. https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/ncas/alerts/aa22-103a This claim is not […]

Digital Transformation at Groupe Renault with GoogleCloud and OPC UA


Groupe Renault’s plan is to implement the use of OPC UA-enabled devices and equipment at all production sites worldwide, and to implement end-to-end data communication from the sensor to the machines to the cloud and back again using the OPC UA communication standard. Today, OPC UA is already being used in 17 of the 38 […]

Leading IoT Vendors Commit to OPC UA Adoption


Major IoT vendors including AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and SIEMENS leverage secure, standardized information exchange in edge-to-cloud applications based on OPC UA Scottsdale, AZ – February 1st, 2022 – Leading Internet-of-Things (IoT) vendors are adopting OPC UA technology for edge-to-cloud applications. The growing list includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM, Microsoft, […]

Available: Material from the General Assembly Meeting 2021


This year, the 2021 General Assembly was held in combination with a press conference. During the meeting the results of the 2021 Board election were announced, but also reports on the budget, a technical and marketing overview and first technical and marketing insights for next year 2022. The material is publicly available here Recording is […]

The OPC Foundation and CESMII launches the UA Cloud Library


The UA Cloud Library makes it easier than ever to find, share, explore, and use OPC UA Information Models by applications, end-users, and standards bodies.  Scottsdale, AZ – December 8th, 2021 – The OPC Foundation announced the launch of the globally available UA Cloud Library co-developed with the Clean Energy and Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute […]

OPC Foundation’s Field Level Communications Initiative reaches significant milestone and celebrates premiere


20 companies showcase cross-vendor interoperability of OPC UA FX specifications with the first live multi-vendor demo  Scottsdale, AZ – December 8th, 2021 – Three years after its launch, the OPC Foundation’s Field Level Communications (FLC) initiative has completed the second release candidate of the OPC UA FX (Field eXchange) specifications and has started the review […]

The OPC Foundation Takes Ownership of the MDIS Sub-Sea Standard


As an OPC Foundation specification, MDIS is now freely available for market adoption and the MDIS working group is open to all interested OPC Foundation members. Scottsdale, AZ – December 08th, 2021 – The OPC Foundation (OPCF) is proud to announce that it consolidated and took over the MCS-DCS Interface Standardisation (MDIS) specification ownership.  Effective […]

General Assembly Meeting 2021 & Public Press Conference


The OPC Foundation General Assembly Meeting 2021 will announce the results of the Board of Directors’ election, reports on budget, technical and marketing overview and provide first technical and marketing insights for 2022. Wed Dec 8th, 2021 – at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET) Please register here Agenda: OPC […]

OPC UA is recognized as “the most important interoperability technology in today’s industrial landscape” by the ARC Advisory Group


A new ARC report examines the critical role OPC UA serves globally as the core data interoperability standard in process and discrete manufacturing industries and beyond Scottsdale, AZ – June 15, 2021 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce that the ARC Advisory Group published a report entitled “OPC UA Momentum Continues to Build.” […]

The OPC Foundation launches its OPC UAcademics program to supplement OPC UA training in post-secondary institutes


New OPC UA training content donated by the OPC Foundation offers academic institutions ready-made course material for use in their curriculums Scottsdale, AZ – June 8th, 2021 – The OPC Foundation announces the launch of its academic outreach program called OPC UAcademics. The OPC UAcademics program provides post-secondary institutes with official, up-to-date OPC UA course […]

OPC Foundation and 5G-ACIA sign Memorandum of Understanding to foster cooperation and synergies on OPC UA integration with 5G


Identify and leverage the synergies of OPC UA with 5G Serving Industrie 4.0 market with a reliable and flexible communication technology Giving system vendors new business opportunities for mobile industrial applications Scottsdale, AZ  April 12th, 2021 – OPC Foundation and 5G-ACIA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperatively engage in identifying synergies associated with […]

StandICT.eu 2023& OPC Foundation join forcesto support the interoperability of Standards in the industrial automation space and other industries


Scottsdale / Brussels, April 7th, 2021 2021 – StandICT.eu 2023, the ICT Standardization Observatory and Support Facility in Europe, and OPC Foundation, come together with an MoU with the goal of pointing out the key-role of interoperable Standards in multiple industries and bringing fresh insights to the European ICT Standards community. StandICT.eu 2023’s mission is […]

The OPC Foundation welcomes Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a new member


Industrial sector customers on AWS use OPC UA-enabled tools and a portfolio of services that extend cloud functionality into industrial operations Scottsdale, AZ – Feb 08th, 2021 – Today, the OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN) as the latest OPC Foundation member. In the […]

The OPC Foundation welcomes Inovance (China) as its 800th member


Strong OPC UA market adoption continues to drive record OPC Foundation membership growth. Scottsdale, AZ – Dec 18, 2020 – The OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Inovance as the 800th OPC Foundation member. As a leading global provider of industrial automation solutions, Inovance uses agile production techniques and deep experience across all industry sectors […]

OPC Foundation’s Field Level Communications Initiative reaches significant milestone


Initial Release Candidate completed and Technical Paper published  Scottsdale, AZ – November 24th, 2020 – OPC Foundation announces today that its Field Level Communications Initiative has accomplished a significant milestone in the ongoing project by completing their initial release candidate with the focus on the Controller-to-Controller (C2C) use case. In addition, a technical paper has been […]

OPC Foundation and ECLASS collaborate to advance M2M interoperability


The combination of OPC UA functionality and the ECLASS semantic dictionary is poised to accelerate the start of true industrial interoperability Scottsdale, AZ – November 24th, 2020 – An important step for interoperability in the field of M2M communication: the OPC Foundation and ECLASS e.V. signed a cooperation agreement. The goal of this cooperation is […]

New International Initiative to Define OPC UA Cloud Library


OPC Foundation and CESMII initiated new joint working group joined by major industry players to enable manufacturers to speed up pre-built shopfloor and digitalization applications. Scottsdale, AZ – October 29th, 2020 –The OPC Foundation, in collaboration with CESMII, is pleased to announce the launch of the “OPC UA Cloud Library” Joint Working Group (JWG). The […]

OPC Foundation Welcomes Emerson to Its Board of Directors


Emerson also joins the OPC Foundation Field Level Communications (FLC) initiative to drive a holistic approach to sensor and device level communications across process and factory automation industries. Scottsdale, AZ – October 12th, 2020 – The OPC Foundation is proud to announce Emerson (NYSE: EMR) has joined its Board of Directors and sincerely welcomes Peter […]

New international SPECTARIS standard for laboratory equipment communication


LADS – Laboratory Agnostic Device Standard as new Joint Working Group between SPECTARIS, OPC Foundation and VDMA Scottsdale, AZ – August 12th, 2020 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the new “Laboratory Agnostic Device Standard (LADS) based on OPC UA” as a “Joint Working Group” (JWG) together with the industry […]

OPC Foundation Welcomes Google Cloud as Corporate Member


Google Cloud will offer OPC UA as a part of commitment to openness and industry collaboration Scottsdale, AZ – June 25th, 2020 – The OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Google Cloud as the latest addition to its 773 member community. Google Cloud delivers enterprise-grade cloud solutions that leverage Google’s technology with interoperability, leading infrastructure, […]

OPC Foundation joins the Advanced Physical Layer (APL) Project Group


APL critically important for OPC UA field level strategy in Process Automation Scottsdale, AZ – June 25th, 2020 – OPC Foundation announces today that it has joined the APL project group in order to support the development and promotion of an advanced physical layer (APL) for Industrial Ethernet, suitable for use in demanding applications and […]

OPC UA Compliance Test Tool (UACTT) extended for Companion Spec validation


UACTT now offering validation for PA-DIM (Process Automation Device Integration Model), PLCopen and MDIS Scottsdale, AZ – June, 25th, 2020 – The OPC Foundation announces an updated release of the UACTT, now supporting semantics defined in companion specifications as well as extending OPC UA core functionality testing. This furthers the Foundation’s goal of multi-vendor interoperability in OPC […]

OPC Foundation Cooperates with ODVA and Sercos International to Develop OPC UA Motion


Cooperation to speed up Field Level Communications (FLC) initiative backed by proven technologies from established organizations  Scottsdale, AZ – June 25th, 2020 – The OPC Foundation, ODVA and Sercos International are pleased to announce a collaboration to develop a new generation of a best-in-class motion technology for industry.  This new motion technology will be initially published […]

We do not stop because of COVID-19!


OPC Foundation has been managed and OPC UA developed over many years in a virtual environment, bringing together experts from every continent to work to a common goal. In these extraordinary times, we are bringing these skills to our user facing activities so that work-from-home can mean work-with-OPC UA. OPC Day – International as digital […]

OPC Foundation Announces New Director of North America


Michael Clark named as Director of OPC Foundation North America Scottsdale, AZ – May 4th, 2020 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Clark as the Director of OPC Foundation North America. Mr. Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director, selected Mr. Clark to serve in this capacity, to support OPC […]

Published: OPC UA for Plastics and Rubber Machinery


Internationalization of existing OPC UA specifications and publication of new interfaces for extrusion 29 April 2020 – In 2019, EUROMAP and the OPC Foundation have established the Joint Working Group “OPC UA Plastics and Rubber Machinery”. The aim of the international group is to develop worldwide standardized interfaces for plastics and rubber machines based on […]

umati – on its way to becoming the global language of production


Mechanical and plant engineering sector propelling industry towards Industry 4.0 Scottsdale, AZ – April 2nd, 2020 – During their today’s press conference the VDMA and VDW announced to join forces to promote the use and dissemination of OPC UA standards throughout the mechanical engineering sector under the umati label. “Cross-industry and cross-technology marketing will take […]

L’Oréal joins the OPC Foundation


OPC UA is a must for L’Oréal’s packaging lines machine suppliers Scottsdale, AZ – February 29th, 2020 – The OPC Foudation is pleased to welcome L’Oréal, a leading global cosmetics producer as a new OPC Foundation end user member.  Beyond choosing to standardize on OPC UA  as a key enabler for its IIoT era Operations […]

The OPC Foundation welcomes Foxconn Industrial Internet as the 699th OPC Foundation member


Foxconn Industrial Internet, a leading intelligent manufacturing solution provider standardizes on OPC UA to harness the power of the Industrial IoT. Scottsdale, AZ – November 26th, 2019 – The OPC Foundation proudly welcomes Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii) the six hundred and ninety ninth (699th) OPC Foundation member. As one of the world’s leading intelligent manufacturing […]

OPC Foundation General Assembly Meeting on Dec 4th, 2019


The OPC Foundation General Assembly Meeting (GAM) 2019 will announce the results of the Board of Directors’ election, reports on budget, technical and marketing overview and provide first technical and marketing insights for 2020. OPC Foundation members and non-members are welcome to participate. The GAM web conference was Held on Wed, Dec 4, 2019 10:00 […]

Global machine tool community paving the way for Industry 4.0


70 companies from 10 countries have connected 110 machines and 28 value-added services at EMO Hannover 2019 via the OPC UA based umati standard Interface Scottsdale, AZ – Sept, 16th, 2019 – The OPC Foundation announces the OPC UA based unified machine tool interface (umati) Standard demonstrated at the EMO Hannover show. Created and prototyped […]

OPC Foundation and MTConnect Institute announce release of the OPC UA Companion Specification for MTConnect®


MTConnect semantic information model for machine leveraging the OPC UA Service Oriented Architecture Scottsdale, AZ, – Sept 10th, 2019 – The OPC Foundation in conjunction with the MTConnect Institute announce the release of the jointly developed “OPC Unified Architecture for MTConnect Companion Specification Part 1”. This companion specification makes the MTConnect semantic information model for […]

World’s First Internationally Developed Machine Vision Information Model Based on OPC UA Released by VDMA Machine Vision Initiative


OPC Foundation vision for facilitating the creation of globally harmonized information models via OPC UA Companion Specifications reaches its first milestone and demonstrates path forward to true semantic interoperability Scottsdale, AZ – Sept 1st, 2019 – The OPC Foundation announces the release of the first global OPC UA Machine Vision Part 1 Companion Specification whose […]

Available: Presentations from OPCF GAM2018


Jan 2019 | Available: Presentations from OPC Foundation General Assembly Meeting 2018 are available for download. During GAM 2018 the results of the Board of Directors’ election have been announced, but also an detailed overview on the activities during the 2018 year and the plans for 2019 have been presented. Details: Download here Content: OPC […]

Major Automation Industry Players join OPC UA including TSN initiative


The OPC UA including TSN initiative announced by OPC Foundation November 5th has already been joined by many major industrial automation suppliers Scottsdale, AZ – November 27th, 2018 – Within weeks of announcing the ‘OPC UA including TSN down to field level’ initiative, the rapid engagement of leading automation suppliers proves the resonance of this […]

The OPC Foundation elects three new members to its Board of Directors


Scottsdale, AZ – November 27th, 2018 – The OPC Foundation announces the election of three new directors to its Board of Directors (BoD). The new BoD members include Dr. Bernhard Eschermann, CTO of ABB Industrial Automation Division, Dr. Juergen Weinhofer, vice president of common architecture and technology for Rockwell Automation, and Fabrice Jadot, Senior Vice […]

OPC Foundation extends OPC UA including TSN down to field level


The OPC Foundation launches an initiative to further enable OPC UA adoption throughout industrial automation by extending standardization and harmonization activities for OPC UA including TSN enabled Ethernet networks   Scottsdale, AZ – November 5th, 2018 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new setup to identify OPC UA and […]

OPC Foundation Announces New President


Stefan Hoppe is elected President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation after Thomas J. Burke nominates Mr. Hoppe as his successor Scottsdale, AZ – October 31, 2018 – The OPC Foundation welcomes Stefan Hoppe as its next President and Executive Director. Mr. Burke, the former President and Executive Director, nominated Mr. Hoppe as his […]

Update OPC IPR policy v2.1


Scottsdale, AZ, Oct 18th, 2018 – In April of this year the OPC Foundation announced a new “version 2.0” IPR policy. This policy was well-received by nearly all of our 610 members, which has enabled us to welcome a variety of new members, including some large, industry-leading companies. OPC Foundation received from OPC Foundation members […]

The OPC Foundation welcomes Volkswagen as its 600th OPC Foundation member


Rapid growth of OPC Foundation shows high demand on IIoT interoperability based on OPC UA Scottsdale, AZ – September 19th, 2018 – The OPC Foundation welcomes Volkswagen, the German car manufacturing major as an OPC Foundation member. The OPC Foundation is also pleased to announce record membership growth with Volkswagen being the six hundredth active […]

Veronika Schmid-Lutz (SAP) Elected Chair of OPC Foundation Board of Directors


OPC Foundation’s continuous improvement program extended with the addition of new Chair for its Board of Directors Scottsdale, Arizona – July 2nd, 2018 – The OPC Foundation elected Veronika Schmid-Lutz of SAP as the new Chair of the OPC Foundation’s Board of Directors. In this key position, the Chair manages the strategic and tactical directives […]

VDMA releases OPC UA Companion Specifications for Robotics and Machine Vision


In the smart factory of the future, machines must speak the same language. The decisive factor here is the standardization of communication interfaces. Scottsdale, AZ – June 19th, 2018 – At their press conference held today at automatica 2018, the OPC UA machine vision and robotics working groups released the first versions of their companion […]

OPC Foundations efforts on GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation


Scottsdale (AZ), May 25th – The OPC Foundation is fully supporting the GDPR regulations – we prepared our systems in time and published the “OPC Foundation Privacy Policy” (available here) and the “OPC Foundation Terms and Conditions” (available here) in time. We already send out an email to complete database and made you aware about OPC […]

OPC Foundation and ZVEI cooperate for OPC UA based mapping of Industrie4.0 Asset Administration Shell


OPCF Foundation and ZVEI sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutually beneficial activities relating to “Industry 4.0” Scottsdale, AZ – April 24th, 2018 –The OPC Foundation and ZVEI (The ZVEI is German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association) have signed a MoU at Hannover Messe for joined activities relating to Industrie4.0. First focus is an OPC UA […]

German Machine Tool Manufacturers (VDW) rely on OPC UA


VDW selects OPC UA as the vehicle for implementing coherent, harmonised networking in production operations Scottsdale, AZ – April 24th, 2018 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce VDW, Germany’s foremost Machine Tool Builders Association, adopted the OPC UA standard as the interoperability foundation the VDW will build its long term Industrie4.0 strategy on.  […]

MTConnect Institute and OPC Foundation to Update and Revise MTConnect OPC UA Companion Specification


  Scottsdale, AZ, April 24th 2018 – The MTConnect Institute and the OPC Foundation have formed a Joint Working Group (JWG) to update and revise the MTConnect-OPC UA (Unified Architecture) Companion specification. “The existing MTConnect-OPC UA companion specification established a uniform information model for integrating the two standards,” said Tim Shinbara, Secretary of the MTConnect […]

OPC Foundation announce updated OPCF IPR Policy


Scottsdale, AZ, April 9th 2018 – On April 3, 2018, the OPC Foundation (OPCF) Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a new Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy. This article describes the reasons for the new policy and identifies actions that members must take if they do not wish to be bound by the new […]

OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group announce cooperation


Cooperation to develop a standardized information model for process automation devices ARC Industry Forum, Orlando, Florida, February 12, 2018 – The OPC Foundation and FieldComm Group today announced an alliance to further advance process automation system multi-vendor interoperability and simplified integration by developing a standardized process automation device information model. A joint working group between […]

OPC Foundation publishes OPC UA specification for POWERLINK


Secure and seamless communication with POWERLINK and OPC UA OPC Foundation publishes OPC UA specification for POWERLINK Scottsdale, AZ, Feb 8th 2018 – An OPC UA companion specification is now available for POWERLINK according to a joint announcement by the OPC Foundation and the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG). The companion specification describes how payload […]

Meltdown / Spectre Patch


The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affect pretty much anything with a chip in it. Operating system developers including Microsoft, Apple, and the Linux Group are preparing patches – the roll out of these patches might effect also existing OPC COM/DCOM scenarios. An update to Windows 10 (KB4056892) may cause COM/DCOM applications to stop working. This […]

Miele joins OPC Foundation – Secured Connected Machines


The appliance manufacturer Miele, located in East Westphalia, with its headquarter in Gütersloh, Germany (https:\\www.miele.com) became member of the OPC-Foundation. The advantages are obvious: Scottsdale, Nov 28th 2017 – Miele has decided to consequently use the OPC UA Standard in their device manufacturing. The integrated security providing encryption and signing is comprehensively implemented throughout Miele. […]

CLPA announces OPC UA companion specification for new “CSP+ for Machine” technology


Scottsdale Nov 28th – The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), in association with the OPC Foundation, has announced an OPC UA companion specification for the CLPA’s new “CSP+ for Machine” technology to further ease the implementation of Industry 4.0 type applications. CSP+ for Machine is an extension of the CLPA’s existing “CSP+” (Control & Communication System […]

Updated: Call for Sponsor 2018


Germany – Nov 27, 2017 – The OPC Foundation just published the “Call for Sponsor 2018” for North America, Europe and Asia. Updated: Banner advertisement and Newsletter Updated: Events and Seminar Tour: Call for Sponsor Updated: 2017/2018 Europe and North America: OPC UA device demo wall  

Microsoft and OPC Foundation Demonstrate “Azure Industrial IoT” with 40 OPC UA Enabled Walls in their International Technology Centers (MTC)


Microsoft partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, Beckhoff, Harting and Leuze showing the Microsoft “Connected Factory” Scottsdale, Oct 03, 2017 – The OPC Foundation has delivered the first 30 of 40 “Azure IoT Suite Connected Factory” demonstration walls that will be prominently displayed internationally at the Microsoft Technology Centers. These […]

Samsung Electronics Joins the OPC Foundation to Accelerate Enabling Interoperable Industrial IoT Edge Platform


Samsung Electronics, as one of the biggest manufacturers in the world, becomes a Corporate Member for a goal of interoperable Industrial IoT edge platform powered by the OPC UA framework in its manufacturing infrastructures. Scottsdale, Sept 19, 2017 – Samsung Electronics has joined the OPC Foundation, a de-facto Industrial IoT organization providing data and protocol […]

OPC Foundation joined “The OpenGroup” to actively participate in The Open Process Automation Forum initiative


Scottsdale Aug 23: The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce that it has joined The OpenGroup and plans to actively participate in The Open Process Automation Forum initiative. “We recognize the extraordinary value that “The Open Group” is doing and specifically the activities of The Open Process Automation Forum.” says Tom Burke, President OPC Foundation. […]

OPC UA Companion Standard for Sercos released


  Scottsdale, July 19, 2017 – The OPC Foundation and Sercos International announce that the Sercos OPC UA Companion Specification Release is now available. This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos device model and the Sercos device profiles to OPC UA, so that functions and parameters of Sercos devices are made accessible via OPC UA […]

Microsoft contributing Open-Source OPC UA stack to OPC Foundation


Hannover Messe, Germany, April 25, 2017: Today the OPC Foundation announced an open-source implementation of the OPC UA technology, available on GitHub to truly enable the OPC community successful adoption of OPC UA across all markets and all platforms. OPC UA is the set of standards for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for moving /information […]

OPC Foundation Opens Certification Lab in Europe


Hannover Messe, Germany, April 25, 2017. The OPC Foundation announced today an expanded certification program due to a large increase in demand by end users and suppliers to certify their OPC UA enabled products. “We opened up a new lab fourth-quarter 2016 with a new certification strategy inclusive of certification of our information models from […]

VDMA Robotics partners with OPC Foundation to achieve standardized information integration across robots/machines to realize requirements of Industrie4.0 machine-to-machine (M2M)


Scottsdale, March 7, 2017 – VDMA’s Robotics Division and the OPC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification as part of the VDMA conference “Industrie 4.0 – Standards in Applications” that was held on Feb 1st, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. A decision was made that the best way […]

Standardization of information for commercial professional kitchens by OPC Foundation and HKI Industrieverband


Scottsdale, AZ, March 7, 2017: The HKI Industrieverband Haus-, Heiz- und Küchentechnik e.V. and the OPC Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Stuttgart as part of the HKI Forum “Profi-Kitchen: standardized, optimized, networked.” The signatories were Andreas Helm, the representative of the HKI Working Group Communication and Head of the Association of Large […]

2017 OPC Seminar Tour North America: 11 cities!


2017 | Block the date! The OPC Foundation announced the cities of OPC Seminar Tour 2017: International key players like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Rockwell, Eaton, ICONICS, Beckhoff and National Instruments are showing their commitment and host the events in cities like San Diego, Palo Alto, Seattle, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and Austin. Find […]

MDIS publishes new international industry standard on the MCS-DCS communications interface


13 January 2017: The MCS-DCS Interface Standardisation (MDIS) network today announces the publication of an international standard on the MCS (Master Control Station) DCS (Distributed Control System) communications interface for the subsea oil & gas industry. The OPC UA based interface, developed by MDIS network members in collaboration with the OPC Foundation, has the long-term […]

Available: Presentations from OPCF GAM2016


Dec 2016 | Available: Presentations from OPC Foundation General Assembly Meeting 2016 are available for download. During GAM 2016 the results of the Board of Directors’ election have been announced, but also an detailed overview on the activities during the 2016 year and the plans for 2017 have been presented.     Intro: https://opcfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/OPCFGAM2016-01-Introduction-and-Overview-Thomas-Burke.pdf Marketing: https://opcfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/OPCFGAM2016-02-Marketing-Update-Stefan-Hoppe.pdf Update: https://opcfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/OPCFGAM2016-03-UA-Technical-Update-Matthias-Damm.pdf […]

VDMA Machine Vision and OPC Foundation start developing a companion specification


July 2016 | Frankfurt, Germany – “We want to make machine vision fit for Industry 4.0 and for the factory of the future. We are aiming at straightforward integration of machine vision systems into production control and IT systems via OPC Unified Architecture,” says Dr. Klaus-Henning Noffz, CEO of Silicon Software and in charge of standardization issues […]

W3C and OPCF to integrate OPC-UA into the Web of Things


2016 | April –  At the Hannover Fair, Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation and Dave Raggett, W3C lead for the Web of Things signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both organizations agree to closely cooperate to ensure interoperability for the Internet of Things (IoT). OPC and W3C have mutual […]

CC-Link, CAN, IO-Link, OpenFog and IDS to collaborate with OPCF


2016 | April – At the Hannover Fair, Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation signed multiple Memorandum of Understandings with organizations to closely cooperate in the development and marketing of shared deliverables to foster interoperability: Naomi Nakamura, Global Director Of The CC-Link Partner Association CLPA See press release here Holger […]

OPC Foundation Elects Matt Vasey, Microsoft to OPC Foundation Board of Directors


For Immediate Release OPC Foundation Elects Matt Vasey, Microsoft to OPC Foundation Board of Directors Scottsdale, AZ – April 07, 2016 –The OPC Foundation has elected Microsoft to the Board of Directors of the OPC Foundation, which represents many of the world’s most prominent global suppliers. The new board seat, which will be held by […]

OPC Foundation Announces OPC UA Open Source Availability


For Immediate Release OPC Foundation Announces OPC UA Open Source Availability Scottsdale, AZ – April 6, 2016 – The OPC Foundation has announced the open source availability of the OPC UA technology. The open source repository of OPC UA is now available on the open source GitHub web site at http://github.com/opcfoundation. Open source is a […]

OPC Foundation Announces support of Publish / Subscribe for OPC UA


For Immediate Release OPC Foundation Announces support of Publish / Subscribe for OPC UA Scottsdale, AZ – April 6, 2016 – The OPC Foundation announces the addition of the publish/subscribe messaging pattern to the OPC UA specifications The first live demonstration featuring multiple vendors will be shown at the world’s largest Industrial Automation show Hanover […]

OPC Foundation and Object Management Group (OMG) Announce Collaborative Strategy for the OPC UA and DDS Connectivity Standards


For Immediate Release OPC Foundation and Object Management Group (OMG) Announce Collaborative Strategy for the OPC UA and DDS Connectivity Standards The two standards organizations, along with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and members of Industrie 4.0 define a position paper describing how they will cooperate with their communication technologies, OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) […]

Bridging the gap between communication and semantics for Industrie 4.0 – Companion Specification “AutomationML for OPC UA”


For Immediate Release Briding the gap between communication and semantics for Industrie4.0 OPC Foundation and AutomationML released Companion Specification “AutomationML for OPC UA” Scottsdale, AZ – March 13, 2016 – The OPC Foundation, dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation by creating and maintaining open specifications, and the AutomationML association, targeting the lossless exchange of engineering information […]

Online: Call for Sponsor 2016


May 2016 | The OPC Foundation just updated the “Call for Sponsor 2016” for North America and Europe. In 2016 OPC Foundation will do seminars in cities like Montreal, Detroit, Chicago, Raleigh, Houston, and Silicon Valley. In Europe the most attracting events are the OPC Day Europe in Munich and SPS show in Nuremberg but also IOT […]

Jim Luth is the OPC Foundation Chief Technical Officer (CTO)


Dec 2015 | The OPC Foundation Board of Directors’ appointed Jim Luth as the OPC Foundation Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Mr. Luth has been actively engaged in the architecture and development of all of the OPC Foundation specifications and technology. Mr. Luth is the chairman of the OPC Unified Architecture working group, and his passion […]

Why KUKA joined the OPC Foundation?


Dec 2015 | KUKA joined the OPC Foundation to actively initiate the expansion of OPC UA by the Ethernet-based real-time standard TSN Meinrad Happacher, Computer & AUTOMATION spoke with Heinrich Munz, Senior Developer System Engineering at KUKA about the motives and next steps of this commitment Mr. Munz, exactly what is Kuka’s motivation in relying […]

Webinar recording available: OPC UA and ISA-95


Oct 2015 | The OPC UA ISA95 collaboration is an example of how companion specification can provide interoperability while decreasing engineering effort. This companion specification illustrates how OPC UA can be used to model an existing standard and provide an alternate high speed communication path for an existing standard. This webinar provide an brief description of the standard, […]

Webinar recording available: OPC UA and OffShore platforms (MDIS)


Oct 2015 | The OPC UA MDIS platform standard is an example of how companion specification can provide interoperability while decreasing engineering effort. Listen to the recording of this webinar providing a brief description of the standard, including key features and current status. A demonstration of the interoperability between subsea vendors and DCS vendors and the efficiencies provide by […]

New Japanese book “Introduction to OPC Application Development – From DA to UA”


Sept 2015 | OPC Japan Technical committee proudly announce the availability of their new book. This book is for developers for OPC Classic DA and UA. Part1 mentions OPC Classic DA and Part2 mentions OPC UA. Both parts describe fundamentals and mainly introduce how to implement OPC Client Application More details https://opcfoundation.org/resources/books/

OPC UA brochure available in Chinese language


Aug 2015 | OPC China proudly announce translated OPC UA brochure containing basic information why OPC UA is the enabler for Industrie4.0, IoT and M2M. The brochure provides introduction level but also technical and solutions as success stories. Read also the statement from Chinese company AIC about benefits of OPC UA. The new OPC UA […]

Kick-Off: OPC Foundation IEC 61850 Working group on Sept 02, 2015


Aug 2015 | The OPC Foundation will create a new working group for IEC 61850. The main outcome of this work will be a companion specification with an OPC UA Information Model corresponding to IEC 61950-7-6, IEC 61850-7-3 and IEC 61850-7-4. A one hour Kick-Off Meeting has been scheduled for September 02, 10:00 AM EDT […]

OPC Foundation announce the OPC Seminar Tour 2015 North America in September


Aug 2015 | This seminar tour will focus on the rich feature set of OPC UA and the unique ways these features are put to use in real applications. The cities are: September 23, 2015: OPC Foundation Seminar Boston hosted by MathWorks September 24, 2015: OPC Foundation Seminar Toronto at Mississauga Convention Center September 25, 2015: OPC […]

OPC Interoperability workshop Europe Nov 02, Registration has opened


Aug 2015 | This workshop hosted by Siemens in Nueremberg Germany 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 […]

Open-SCS Announces Webinar


Healthcare Providers Urgently Drive the Open-SCS Initiative as a Serialization Compliance Solution Please join our webinar for an overview of this new specification work. September 3, 2015: 10:00 AM EDT USA, 4:00 PM CET Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8496286256348427522 Overview Since the 2012 Patent Cliff, generic products now make up 80% of the global healthcare market and are […]

Open-SCS Working Group Addresses Packaging Serialization Standardization


The Open-SCS Working Group Addresses Packaging Serialization Standard to Accelerate Compliance for Healthcare Counterfeiting Regulations Addressing compliance to healthcare counterfeiting regulations, the Steering Committee of the Open Serialization Communication Standard Working Group (Open-SCS) announces the accelerated development of an industrial interoperability standard and associated requirements templates for release by the end of 2015. Since the […]

GE First to Implement Global Discovery Server


GE today announced that it is the first to implement and release a new Global Discovery Server based on the new Part 12 of the OPC UA standards. This specification enables the Industrial Internet with improved ease of connectivity across devices and equipment. The Proficy Global Discover Server (GDS) automatically discovers OPC UA devices on the […]

Multiple UA 1.03 Specifications Available for Member Review


Apr 2015 | The OPC UA Working Group has made the following UA 1.03 Specifications available as Release Candidates, seeking membership review: UA Part 8 – Data Access UA Part 9 – Alarms and Conditions UA Part 10 – Programs UA Part 13 – Aggregates All members are encouraged to review the specifications and provide […]

Update for IEC 62541 (OPC UA) Published


An updated and enhanced edition of the IEC 62541 standard, which represents the international standard of OPC UA, was published in March by the IEC standards organization. This revised standard was developed by the IEC working group and the OPC Foundation. The new edition supports the growing preference among end-users and OEMs for control and […]

Stefan Hoppe joins the OPC Foundation as the OPC Vice President


The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce that Stefan Hoppe has joined the OPC Foundation as Vice President. In this role he will be responsible from an international perspective to take OPC to the next level on both a technical and marketing perspective. Mr. Hoppe has been the President of the OPC Europe organization since 2010 and […]

OPC Foundation Election Results


The OPC Foundation Board of Directors is at full strength with the December 1st election of new board members Matthias Damm and Stefan Hoppe and the re-election of board member Russ Agrusa, for the 2015-2016 term.  “We’re delighted to welcome Matthias and Stefan and to welcome back Russ to the OPC board. Each has been instrumental […]

2014 European IOP Workshop


The OPC Foundation concluded the 2014 European Interoperability Workshop (IOP) in November. There were 40 attendees representing 23 member companies with 59 products tested. This event showed the future of OPC UA with some vendors testing embedded UA Servers/Clients; some testing Cloud-based UA Clients/Servers; some testing Development toolkits; some testing Gateway devices (UA to Modbus/Fieldbus, […]