Once upon a time, a new technology appeared to the Industrial Automation world. It came offering promises of new standardization that would make life easier, save money, improve efficiency and be safe and secure.
OPC Certification creates a solid quality baseline for interoperability that separates the wheat from the chaff, according to OPC specialist Eric Murphy, and serious end-users will demand nothing less.
Just as Dorothy and her companions each had unique characteristics, end users are faced with a multitude of protocol choices for use in the heart of their industrial process: their communications network.
In a special-to-the-web article for OPC Connection, OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents his thoughts on OPC UA and how it offers the promise of unifying individual business units into true enterprise-wide solutions.
OPC specialist Eric Murphy presents important aspects to consider when addressing the uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and how OPC plays an increasingly mission-critical role in the enterprise.
OPC has quickly become the de facto open communication standard in the world of industrial connectivity. However, shortcomings in operating system components, particularly the security layer (DCOM), can lead to data loss.
OPC not only provides a standardized mechanism for collection of real time process data, it also enables multi-vendor historical analysis solutions that help maximize return on process history investments.
Used as a standard technology platform from which to build real-time applications and practices, OPC can ultimately lead to an immediate impact on your bottom line. This article discusses how OPC can be applied in an industrial setting to help improve your asset management practices.
With its eye on the future, the OPC Foundation has preserved all the work that has gone before and embarked on the creation of the Unified Architecture as a way of adjusting to the ever-changing Microsoft world.
Control devices for passing data from one OPC DA server to another have gotten smarter and have more to say, making it easier for vendors, OEMs, machine builders and end users to communicate with them.