OPC-UA: At the Heart of the Fourth Industrial Evolution?

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2Q 2015 | IN-1022546


Industrie 4.0 Chooses OPC-UA


Following a period devoid of any significant news, the last trimester has seen a number of announcements involving the OPC Foundation. Examples include its collaboration with the EtherCAT Technology Group to define an open interface between the two standards and the support that the OPC Foundation will receive from B&R to add real-time capabilities to the OPC standard and the “open shared source” strategy that makes OPC specifications also available to nonmember organizations. But what most attracted my interest was the announcement involving OPC with the Industrie 4.0 platform.

On the occasion of the Hannover Messe 2015 in April, representatives of the German organization presented the first version of its reference architectural model for the Industrie 4.0: in short, RAMI 4.0. Apart from the importance of the announcement per se, as it represents the first concrete result of the Industrie 4.0 platform, what caught my eye was that O...

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