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


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 the solution for information integration and interoperability from the embedded world to the enterprise. Suppliers and end-users alike will benefit from this collaboration, and is part of the continuum of the partnership between the organizations reflected in other initiatives inclusive of FDI.

OPC UA provides the information communication infrastructure for the widespread adoption of ProfiNET enabling information connectivity to the cloud(s). This truly embraces a complete solution that aligns with the objectives of industrie 4.0, M2M and the industrial Internet of things. The connected device world across all industrial industries will become the connected data and information world through this collaboration.

At the SPS/IPC/Drives Fair Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation and Karsten Schneider, Chairman PROFIBUS & PROFINET International signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The overall goal is about the seamless coordination to run deterministic real time traffic and open IT traffic in the same network as this will be the foundation to make Industrie4.0 happen.

„In PI we see OPC UA as a complementary technology for PROFINET, the leading Industrial Ethernet standard in Automation. The ability to run both services in one network will open entirely new possibilities and will be the foundation for mega trends like IIoT and Industrie 4.0”, says Karsten Schneider, Chairman PROFIBUS & PROFINET International.

Tom Burke, President and Executive Director of OPC Foundation adds, “the cooperation between OPC Foundation and PI will enable Devices (and most importantly their data and information) now be seamlessly integrated into complete solutions for true plug-and-play multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability.”

About The OPC Foundation

Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability in industrial automation and related domains. The organization serves over 440 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, Building Automation, Oil & Gas and Smart Energy sectors.

For more information, contact

Thomas J. Burke, President
OPC Foundation