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30 INTECH NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG SYSTEM INTEGRATION standards organizations. These organiza- tions include every major fieldbus organi- zation, robotics, machine tools, pharma- ceutical, industrial kitchens, oil and gas, water treatment, manufacturing, automo- tive, building automation, and more. All of these organizations are now developing or have already released OPC UA companion specifications, and these organizations can take advantage of the service-oriented ar chitecture of OPC UA. Some of the more important consortia that are predominantly end-user driven in- clude the oil and gas industry, pharmaceu- tical NAMUR, and VDMA (the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association). There is also a lot of energy being "energized" in the energy industry (no pun intended). There are exciting trade shows in the machine tool industry and the packaging industry. Significantly, suppliers and end users are realizing the volume of data from all the devices and applications that needs to be turned into useful information. One of the most exciting organizations that the OPC foundation has collaborated with is VDMA, representing more than 3,200 companies in the subject-matter- expert dominated mechanical and sys- tems engineering industry in Germany and the rest of Europe. It represents the breadth of the manufacturing industry developing and leveraging standards across multiple industries. The OPC Foundation activities include collaborations with a number of industries and applications, including automotive, building automation, energy, oil and gas, robotics, welding, pharmaceutical seri- alization, transportation, machine tools, product life-cycle management. Governments Governments and regulatory agencies are now becoming actively engaged in the standard-setting process. Industrie 4.0 started in Germany and has spawned a number of regional equivalents through- out the world that are accelerating stan- dards development and adoption for complete system-wide interoperability. Examples include Industry 4.0 concepts being adopted in countries with various initiatives that include Made in China 2025, Japan In- dustrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI), Make in In- dia, and Indonesia 4.0. Clearly there is a future for the holistic automa- tion, business in- formation, and manufacturing ex- ecution architecture to improve industry with the integration of all aspects of pro- duction and commerce across company boundaries for greater efficiency. A lot is happening in the world of open standards. The OPC Foundation is tightly engaged in collaboration with a multitude of organizations and is reaching across to other verticals beyond the domain of in- dustrial automation. Vertical integration The whole concept of IT and OT conver- gence is very important to the suppliers and even more important to the end us- ers, because they want a strategy and a vertical integration from the plant floor (sometimes called the shop floor) to the top floor or enterprise. What is most im- portant in this equation of vertical inte- gration of data from the plant floor's vari- ety of field devices can be consumed and then turned into useful information as it goes up the food chain to the enterprise. Essentially, data becomes information as it is converted in the different layers of the vertical integration architecture. Integration is bidirectional between sensors and controllers and the enter- prise/cloud, communicating all types of information, including control param- eters, set points, operating parameters, real-time sensor data, asset information, real-time tracking, and device configura- tions. This architecture creates the basis for digitalization with intelligent com- mand-and-control to improve productiv- ity, drive make-to-order manufacturing, improve customer responsiveness, and achieve agile manufacturing and profits. OPC collaboration process The OPC Foundation strategy is pretty simple. It has an established set of pro- cesses, so organizations can work to- gether to develop OPC UA companion specifications complete with templates for the standardized format of the data to be understood and consumed generically. It establishes working groups and pro- tects the intellectual property. All of the companion specifications become open standards to facilitate the whole vision of success measured by the level of adoption of the technology. The OPC Foundation also has the certi- VDMA represents the breadth of the manufacturing industry. » Agricultural machinery » Air conditioning and ventilation » Air pollution control » Air-handling technology » Building control and management » Cleaning systems » Robotics and automation » Security systems » Software and digitalization » Surface treatment technology » Textile care, fabric, and leather technology » Textile machinery » Thermal turbines and power plants » Thermo process technology » Valves » Waste treatment and recycling » Wind energy » Woodworking machinery OPC UA CS Release (candidate) OPC UA CS under development Awareness existent » Compressors, compressed air, and vacuum technology » Construction equipment and building material machines » Drying technology » Electrical automation » Electronics, micro- and nano technologies » Engine systems for power and heat generation » Engines and systems » Fire-fighting equipment » Fluid power » Food processing machinery and packaging machinery » Foundry machinery » Gas welding » Hydropower » Integrated assembly solutions » Large industrial plant manufacturing » Lifts and escalators » Machine tools and manufacturing systems » Machine vision » Materials handling and intralogistics » Measuring and testing technology » Metallurgical plants and rolling mills » Metallurgy » Microtechnologies » Mining » Plastics and rubber machinery » Power systems » Power transmission engineering » Precision tools » Printing and paper technology » Process plant and equipment » Productronic » Pumps and systems » Refrigeration and heat pump technology » Robotics OPC Foundation collaboration examples VDMA standard activities cover many industries, and VDMA has more than 3,200 member companies.

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