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OPC Foundation Also Promotes the Open Process Automation Forum

Interoperability spurs innovation. After years of technological consolidation in the process automation industry with “distributed control systems” becoming ever more centralized, we are witnessing a resurgence of distributed, along with open and interoperable. Open Process Automation Forum Yesterday I discussed Foxboro promoting the Open Process Automation Forum. Today, I can report that the OPC Foundation […]

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Standards and Interoperability Drive Innovation and Adoption

Standards that enable interoperability drives innovation and industry growth. For some reason, technology suppliers tend to avoid standards at almost all costs—and the costs can be substantial in terms of losing market share or momentum—in order to build a “complete” solution all their own. One reason beyond the obvious is that standards creation can be […]

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Avnu Alliance Members Endorse TSN Market Value at Hannover Messe and Deterministic Ethernet Forum

The Time Sensitive Network (TSN) standard is in development by the 802 committee of the IEEE. This is the Ethernet committee as TSN is a set of standards (some have been adopted) extending Ethernet into the realm of determinism. One driving force behind development and implementation of the standard is the Avnu Alliance. First, a […]

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Microsoft Makes Huge Investment In OPC Open Source Code

OPC UA was everywhere in the Digital Factory and automation areas of Hannover Fair 2017.  Not only was the expanded OPC Foundation stand busy, an “OPC Wall” at the Microsoft stand was constantly packed. Microsoft executives took attendees on a digital path using OPC UA from the factory to the Azure cloud. Spokespeople pointed out […]

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Augmented Reality and Internet of Things Meet In Hannover

Let’s talk augmented reality and Internet of Things (IoT) today. The first day of Hannover Fair began with much buzz about the Dell / Linux Foundation announcement (see yesterday’s post) about the open source “unify the IoT” project. But that buzz died off after people digested the news and determined that for the time being […]

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Technology World Continues to Shrink Through Collaboration

Collaboration rules the technical world. A professor who influenced me greatly was ex-CIA (ex?). He would proclaim in our international politics classes during the height of the Cold War that politicians might want to close borders, but scientists would never allow it. “Scientists want to publish their findings,” he would say, “so they will publish […]

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Interoperability And Standardization Drive OPC Foundation Activity in 2016

Interoperability, standardization, and collaboration were the key words for OPC Foundation in 2016. Tom Burke, OPC Foundation President, recently recapped a busy 2016 for the Foundation. Adoption of OPC UA has been gaining momentum in the market. Collaboration with other groups is growing. And the technology is finally beginning to show significant use beyond industrial […]

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FDT Group Announces IIoT Server and Extensions at SPS in Nuremberg

The FDT Group announced a revised mission statement, an IIoT Server, and agreements with other organizations—OPC Foundation, ODVA for CIP, and AutomationML–at its press conference at SPS 2016 in Nuremberg. This highlights the role of technology organizations in this connected era—they must cooperate and collaborate or die. “FDT is the open standard for industrial automation […]

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