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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 […]

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 committment 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, […]