The OPC Foundation announces the new Director of Initiative Field Level Communications


Peter Lutz coordinates the established and working initiative Field Level communications including TSN

Scottsdale, AZ – April 2nd, 2019 – The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the nomination of Peter Lutz as the new Director of the Field Level Communication (FLC) Initiative. In his new position, he will lead and drive forward the development of the initiative and the specifications.

Throughout his career, Peter Lutz led various international projects, initiatives and consortia that developed and promoted innovative technologies for the benefit of users and suppliers in the industrial market.

In his role as managing director of Sercos International Peter Lutz has been responsible for designing, specifying, standardizing and promoting the Sercos automation bus. Under his direction, various specifications, comprehensive certification tools and procedures for conformance and interoperability testing of field devices have emerged.

Picture: Peter Lutz

“I am looking forward to this new task and the associated challenges. I am convinced that we will extend the success story of OPC UA to the field level. ” said Peter Lutz about his new position.

Picture: Peter Lutz, Stefan Hoppe

“With Peter Lutz, we have gained a very experienced field communication expert whose knowledge we trust and whose experience we will undoubtedly benefit from. I look forward to working with him and wish him every success in his new role.” announces Stefan Hoppe President OPC Foundation.

After the official presentation at the SPS IPC DRIVES fair 2018 in Nuremberg, the Field Level Communication Initiative was established within the OPC Foundation and has started its work.

The Steering Committee of the Initiative meets regularly to coordinate and support the marketing and technical work including the leading automation suppliers ABB, BECKHOFF, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Cisco, Hilscher, Hirschmann, Huawei, Intel, Kalycito, KUKA, Mitsubishi Electric, Molex, Moxa, Omron, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, TTTech, WAGO and Yokogawa.

“Among many other skills Peter Lutz knows how to achieve cross-vendor interoperability. This will bring the users of the OPC Field Level Communication Standard a lot of advantages.” comments Thomas Brandl from Bosch Rexroth, who is chairman of the FLC Steering Committee.

The technical working groups held their kick-off meeting from 7 to 10 January 2019 in Munich with a very impressive number of over 90 participants. The group coordinates its work through teleconferences and regular face-to-face meetings – another meeting took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from 12 to 15 March 2019.

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 for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 600 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors. For more information about the OPC Foundation, please visit


Stefan Hoppe President
OPC Foundation


Peter Lutz, Field Level Communicatons Director
OPC Foundation