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Miele joins OPC Foundation – Secured Connected Machines

11/28/2017

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

11/28/2017

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 […]

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

10/02/2017

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 UA Companion Standard for Sercos released

07/19/2017

  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

04/25/2017

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

04/25/2017

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)

03/06/2017

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

03/06/2017

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 […]

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

01/13/2017

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 […]

VDMA Machine Vision and OPC Foundation start developing a companion specification

07/11/2016

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 […]

OPC Foundation and OpenFog Agree to Collaborate on Technical Specifications around Fog Computing in Industrial Automation

04/26/2016

For Immediate Release OPC Foundation and OpenFog Consortium Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair OPC and OpenFog Agree to Collaborate on Technical Specifications around Fog Computing in Industrial Automation  Scottsdale, AZ – April 26, 2016 – The OPC Foundation and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) announce a liaison to collaborate on technical specifications, white papers, […]

OPC Foundation and CAN in Automation e.V. Agree to Work in partnership to develop mapping specifications for standardization between the two organizations

04/26/2016

For Immediate Release OPC Foundation and CAN in Automation e.V.Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair OPC Foundation and CAN in Automation e.V. Agree to Work in partnership to develop mapping specifications for standardization between the two organizations Scottsdale, AZ – April 26, 2016 – The OPC Foundation is a nonprofit international standards organization dedicated […]

OPC and Industrial Data Space Foundation Agree to Collaborate on development of interface specifications

04/26/2016

For Immediate Release OPC Foundation and Industrial Data Space Initiative Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair OPC and Industrial Data Space Foundation Agree to Collaborate on development of interface specifications  Scottsdale, AZ – April 26, 2016 – The OPC Foundation and the Industrial Data Space Foundation (e.V.) have agreed to collaborate in the development […]

OPC Foundation and CLPA agree to coordinate communications in Machine to IT systems

04/26/2016

For Immediate Release OPC Foundation and CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair The two standards agree to coordinate communications in Machine to IT systems Hannover, Germany – April 26, 2016 – The OPC Foundation pursues interoperability in industrial automation by creating and maintaining open specifications that standardize communication of acquired […]

Microsoft extends openness and interoperability in industrial manufacturing

04/25/2016

For Immediate Release Microsoft extends openness and interoperability in industrial manufacturing Supports OPC standard across IoT offerings, including Azure IoT Suite and Universal Windows Platform. HANNOVER, Germany — April 25, 2016 — Monday at Hannover Messe 2016, Microsoft Corp. announced it is working with the OPC Foundation to enable virtually any industrial Internet of Things […]

OPC Foundation Appoints Shinji Oda, Yokogawa to OPC Foundation Board of Directors

04/25/2016

For Immediate Release                        OPC Foundation Appoints Shinji Oda, Yokogawa to OPC Foundation Board of Directors Scottsdale, AZ, April 25th , 2016 – Shinji Oda, General manager, Technology Marketing of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the OPC Foundation. Yokogawa has provided the necessary leadership of the OPC Japan organization […]

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

04/07/2016

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

04/06/2016

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

04/06/2016

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

04/06/2016

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”

03/13/2016

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 […]

Jim Luth is the new OPC Foundation Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

12/17/2015

For Immediate Release Jim Luth is the new OPC Foundation Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Scottsdale, AZ – December 02, 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 […]

OPC Foundation and M2M Alliance e.V. Sign MoU

11/24/2015

For Immediate Release Co-operation between OPC Foundation and M2M Alliance e.V. regarding improved security end-to-end solutions OPC Foundation and M2M Alliance e.V. sign Memorandum of Understanding at SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 Scottsdale, AZ – November 24, 2015 – The OPC Foundation and the M2M Alliance e.V., the largest professional M2M association in Europe, will be working together […]

OPC Foundation and Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group Sign MOU

11/24/2015

For Immediate Release Co-operation between OPC Foundation and Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) regarding seamless integration of OPC UA and POWERLINK. OPC Foundation and Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group Sign Memorandum of Understanding at SPS/IPC/Drives. Scottsdale, AZ – November 24, 2015 – OPC UA is about scalable communication with integrated security by design up to MES […]

OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) Sign MOU

11/24/2015

For Immediate Release Co-operation between OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) regarding real time data and open IT traffic with OPC UA OPC Foundation and PI Sign Memorandum of Understanding at SPS/IPC/Drives to intensify cooperation on Industrie 4.0. Scottsdale, AZ – November 24, 2015 – The collaboration between PI and OPC Foundation provides […]

OPC Foundation and EtherCAT Technology Group Sign MOU

04/14/2015

For Immediate Release Co-operation between OPC Foundation and EtherCAT Technology Group regarding common Industrie 4.0 und Internet of Things Interfaces. OPC Foundation and EtherCAT Technology Group Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hanover Fair. Scottsdale, AZ – April 14, 2015 – OPC UA is about scalable communication with integrated security by design up to MES / […]

OPC Announces “OPC UA Open Shared Source” Strategy

04/14/2015

OPC Announces “OPC UA Open Shared Source” Strategy OPC Foundation opens the doors to facilitate increased adoption of OPC Unified Architecture technology beyond industrial automation! For Immediate Release    Hannover, Germany – April 14, 2015 – The OPC Foundation announced that the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) specifications and technology will be made available to companies, […]

OPC Foundation and AIM Partner on AutoID Intergration

04/14/2015

For Immediate Release    OPC Foundation and AIM Partner on AutoID Integration Scottsdale, AZ – April 14, 2015 – The AIM German industrial association and the OPC Foundation have announced the introduction of the OPC AIM Companion Specification for simplifying the integration of AutoID systems with IT systems. First revealed at Hannover Messe Industrie in April […]

OPC Foundation Elects Schmid-Lutz of SAP to Board

04/14/2015

For Immediate Release    OPC Foundation Elects Schmid-Lutz of SAP to Board Scottsdale, AZ – April 14, 2015 – Veronika Schmid-Lutz, Chief Product Owner for manufacturing products at SAP SE, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the OPC Foundation. SAP was an early supporter of OPC UA and integrated the standard into its […]

Platform Industrie 4.0 Propose Reference Architecture Model of Industrie 4.0

04/14/2015

For Immediate Release    Platform Industrie 4.0 Proposes Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0: OPC-UA confirmed as one and only Standard in Category “Communication layer” Scottsdale, AZ – April 14, 2015 – The Platform Industrie 4.0 (I4.0) announced at Hannover Messe 2015 a reference architecture model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0). RAMI 4.0 is a unified […]

Stefan Hoppe Named OPC Foundation Vice President

03/30/2015

For Immediate Release Stefan Hoppe Named OPC Foundation Vice President Scottsdale, AZ – March 30, 2015 – The OPC Foundation has named Stefan Hoppe, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and president of OPC Europe, as its new vice president. In this new position, Hoppe will take a global leadership role in the […]

OPC Foundation Elects New Board Members

12/14/2014

For Immediate Release OPC Foundation Elects New Board Members Scottsdale, AZ – Dec. 14, 2014 – The OPC Foundation Board of Directors is at full strength with the December 1, 2014 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 […]

OPC Foundation Announces New Board Member, Ziad Kaakani, Honeywell Process Solutions

07/29/2014

OPC Foundation Announces New Board Member For Immediate Release – Scottsdale, Arizona The OPC Foundation announces the appointment of Ziad Kaakani to the Board of Directors.  Mr. Kaakani was unanimously elected by the OPC Foundation Board to replace David Eisner, who resigned his seat upon retiring from Honeywell.  Mr. Kaakani leads the Honeywell Process Solutions […]

AIM Starts a Cooperation with the OPC Foundation

04/09/2014

The Industry Association AIM starts a Cooperation with the OPC Foundation aiming at the Standardization of Systems Integration of Auto-ID Systems. German enterprises regard this integration as a prerequisite for the successful implementation of the strategic initiative “Industrie 4.0”. Lampertheim, Germany, 09 April 2014 – The industry association AIM represents the global network of auto-ID […]

ISO 16484-5 and IEC 62541 – Mapping between BACnet and OPC-UA Presented

04/09/2014

Data-transfer between building automation and ERP-systems becomes easier Dortmund/Frankfurt/Main., 4.4. 2014. – The BACnet Interest Group Europe and the OPC Foundation presented the new created mapping between BACnet and OPC-UA at the Light+Building. After a year of intense work, the working group leaders, Frank Schubert and Matthias Damm presented the Mapping document to the father […]

MTConnect Institute and OPC Foundation Announce Availability of a Companion Specification Release Candidate

11/22/2013

McLean, Va. … The MTConnect Institute and the OPC Foundation announce the availability of the MTConnect-OPC UA (Unified Architecture) Companion specification release candidate (RC). “The MTConnect-OPC UA companion specification has been developed to ensure a uniform information model that can be utilized via the MTConnect standard and the OPC UA standard,” said Paul Warndorf, Secretary […]

AutomationML and OPC UA Cooperate

11/21/2013

Both organizations will provide an interoperability standard for Industrie 4.0 – Germany’s project for the Factory of the Future Nuremberg, Germany November 27, 2013. 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 along the engineering tool chain, […]