OPC Foundation 2015 Announcements and Member Opportunities

Happy New Year from the OPC Foundation!

2015 promises to be an exciting year for the OPC Foundation Community.

OPC 2015 News Flash!

OPC Board of Director Announcements

The OPC Foundation Board of Directors is at full strength with the December 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 to welcome Matthias and Stefan and to welcome back Russ to the OPC board. Each has been instrumental in shaping the development of OPC over many years and we look forward to their continuing support and guidance in the work of the OPC Foundation.   They bring many years of leadership and experience to their roles as board members.

OPC Global Vice President

I’m pleased to announce that Stefan Hoppe has joined the OPC Foundation as Global 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.   He has been the President of the OPC Europe organization for the last three years and has personally choreographed many successful events throughout Europe, in addition to being the catalyst for initiating liaisons with other industrial consortiums that has resulted in OPC working groups developing companion specifications for the organizations respective information models.

Key areas of focus will be the continuation of OPC’s successful adoption in the embedded marketplace with the OPC UA technology, as well as expanding the reach of OPC beyond industrial automation into numerous other domains inclusive of building automation and anything energy-related.

Mr. Hoppe will continue keeping OPC actively engaged in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things and this will be the key strategy for interoperability providing best-of-breed multivendor interoperability.

OPC Marketing Opportunities

As a member of the OPC Foundation you have the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of OPC Foundation Sanctioned initiatives.

Highlights of 2015 North America opportunities include OPC Foundation North America OPC UA Technology Roadshows “IT Meets Automation” and an OPC Foundation Booth for PackExpo 2015 (Las Vegas).

Highlights of the 2015 Europe events and opportunities include OPC Day Europe 2015 – IT meets Automation

hosted by Microsoft, Paris, France(May 19th– 20th, 2015),  several local OPC Day Events, and OPC Foundation Booths at the major tradeshows throughout Europe.

Complete details about this opportunity may be found at:

Opportunity to participate in these events is on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on these platinum opportunities to increase awareness about your company and your company’s products and services by participating in the above OPC Foundation opportunities and events.

OPC Foundation Technology & Vision

industry 4.0 and the Internet of things

We will be creating a dream team that will be announced very soon to help all of our members in the OPC Foundation successfully bring products and services to market that embrace both Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things(IoT).  OPC UA is already the standard for moving data and information from the embedded world all the way through the enterprise.

OPC collaboration

There are many unique opportunities for your company to participate in the OPC community with the many active collaborations that are expanding the reach of OPC beyond industrial automation.   We also are enhancing the OPC UA technology that will be completely backward-compatible with all previous versions of the OPC UA technology.  I’m very excited about all the active collaborations we have that will expand the interoperability.

Please feel free to contact Stefan or myself with any questions you may have.

Thomas J. Burke

OPC Foundation President & Executive Director


Stefan Hoppe

OPC Foundation Global Vice President