What is OPC in 2010? It is all about the tag

OPC Is Three Letters That Are a lot of Things to a lot of Different People, but What It Really Boils Down to Is Moving Data and the Tag

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Key Features of OPC UA are:

  • Platform Independent (Microsoft, Linux, and Embedded Devices etc.) for maximum scalability
  • Secure service oriented architecture to ensure integrity and confidentiality
  • High Performance
  • Combined functionality of all OPC Classic Specifications
  • Extensible architecture design
  • Cross-industry capable

OPC UA is the only open standard that is designed to be usable in all layers of your enterprise from the small embedded device all the way up into your enterprise-level systems.

A Tag by any other name is still a Tag

Looking back, data from an OPC Classic Tag on was once ONLY available within the Windows platform; OPC Xi enables the Tag to enter the WCF/.NET space, whereas OPC UA can take the Tag cross-platform into whole new worlds.  We have entered the era where a technician can respond to an alarm at the plant on their Smartphone, acknowledge the alarm, then securely log in and fix the problem remotely.

No matter how one looks at OPC technology there is only one thought that should arise and that is that your system needs OPC to remain on the competitive edge.  Which flavor of OPC you choose remains based on your individual system needs, budget, and the vendor that you choose?  When the rubber meets the road OPC is truly all about the tag, and OPC offers you a limitless number of possibilities of how you manage your own data around your enterprise.

For more information about OPC and the different OPC specifications, please navigate to www.opcfoundation.org.

Nathan PocockNathan Pocock - Compliance working group & certification and testing program for OPC UA

Nathan Pocock entered the Automation Industry in 1995, leaving an IT admin position, to join Siveco UK - a Computer Maintenance Management System company - as a trainer and consultant. After leaving the UK for the USA in 1999, Nathan became a technology instructor at the ECPI College of Technology before re-entering the automation industry in 2001 working for Software Toolbox, and was heavily involved in product sales, marketing and support, web-marketing, before becoming the Chief Architect & Developer of software systems design and development. Nathan joined the OPC Foundation in early 2009 to lead the Compliance working group and launch the certification and testing program for OPC UA, located in Scottsdale, AZ. Nathan enjoys mountain biking, the UFC, and coaches 2 kids soccer teams.

Manny MandrusiakManny Mandrusiak – VP of Marketing for the OPC Foundation

Manny Mandrusiak entered the field of marketing after retiring from the Canadian Infantry in 2005. He was employed as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce, and then on to hold the position of Acting Executive Director. Recruited by MatrikonOPC to head up marketing for their OPC line of products, Manny has been responsible for all aspects of marketing standards based software to various industry verticals. Manny left MatrikonOPC to take a position with the OPC Foundation as Vice President of OPC Marketing. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, he also serves as the Director of Technology Marketing for the PTO (formerly the PROFIBUS Trade Organization). Manny is now dedicated to spreading both the OPC and PTO technology messages across the globe to all industry verticals. He has also held board seats on several other non-profit technology based societies and currently writes monthly columns  for www.automatedbuildings.com and www.automationmedia.com.

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