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 4.0 initiative, the world’s largest cosmetics company decided to join the OPC Foundation so it could actively participate in the development of the OPC UA standard. L’Oréal did this to ensure OPC UA best addresses the needs of its next-generation production lines.
By standardizing on OPC UA, L’Oréal can harmonize its machine-to-machine and IT/OT communications, thereby providing a solution for efficient horizontal and vertical integration. Looking to implement its Operation 4.0 initiative, L’Oréal quickly identified the need for a standard that could enable full machine interoperability for its packaging lines and OPC UA fit the bill.
Mariatou Sagna-Biaré, Corporate Filling & Packing Manager at L’Oréal, explained: “Operation 4.0-compliant packaging lines can only be achieved if communication at machine level, between machines and IT systems is harmonized. We joined the OPC Foundation not only to be involved in the evolution of the standard, but also to send a strong message to our machine suppliers that OPC UA is now a must for our packaging lines”.
To further optimize factory floor packaging line integration, L’Oréal is also considering implementing the OMAC PackML standard in an OPC UA context. With a common set of machine states and defined data tags (called PackTags), PackML perfectly aligns with OPC UA information modeling capabilities.
As a testament to the value of the OPC Foundation’s many collaborations with various international standards bodies, the OPC UA companion specification for PackML was released in 2018 and now, a year later, provides L’Oréal, with off-the-shelf OPC UA based information models L’Oréal can use best realize its Operations-4.0 initiative.
For more than 100 years, L’Oréal has been dedicated to the beauty business. With an international portfolio of 36 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated revenue of € 26.9 billion in 2018 and employs 86,000 people worldwide. World leader in beauty, L’Oréal is present in all distribution channels: the consumer market, department stores, pharmacies and parapharmacies, travel retail, branded shops and e-commerce.
L’Oréal relies on its excellence in the fields of research and innovation and its 3,993 researchers to meet all the aspirations of beauty in the world. Through its Sharing Beauty With All program, L’Oréal has made ambitious commitments in terms of sustainable development along its value chain, by 2020.
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