New and improved: OPC puts forth online data connectivity resource for automation integrators

  The OPC Training Institute says a new online resource center focuses on standards-based OPC technology used in process control and manufacturing automation. The center caters to automation personnel, integrators, process control engineers, IT architects, and others involved in industrial data connectivity.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff January 26, 2009

The OPC Training Institute ( OPCTI ) recently launched an online resource center focused on standards-based OPC technology used in process control and manufacturing automation. The center caters to automation personnel, integrators, process control engineers, IT architects, and others involved in industrial data connectivity.
The purpose of the online center is to support those who want to use and integrate OPC technology. The online center offers multimedia tutorials, white papers, product reviews, Webcasts, and software downloads.
What differentiates the OPCTI resource center from others is the focus on technology integration—not technology development. OPCTI is the only vendor-neutral company that offers information for integrators. Other similar organizations tend to focus primarily on the programming and development of OPC applications or the sale of OPC products. OPCTI does not develop or sell products, which leaves them to focus 100 percent on education and the integration of OPC technology.
“There is something for everyone,” says Randy Kondor, founder of the OPC Training Institute. “Whether you’re new to OPC and are looking for an introduction, or are an experienced integrator faced with a specific error message, our goal is to provide answers.
“Much of the content is provided by OPCTI’s professional instructors,” Kondor continues. “We also work with OPC vendors to find out about their individual offerings and refer people to their technology solutions. If you’re looking for a specific software application, we’ll tell you what is available on the market and provide you with a link to instantly download the product to test it out. Our resource center grows daily.”
Since its inception in 1996, OPC has grown and is used extensively throughout the world today. As OPC gains in popularity, so does the demand from integrators for information. OPCTI offers resources covering many aspects of OPC technology including security, DCOM configuration, sharing data between control systems, troubleshooting and industry best practices.
OPC technology is a fastest-growing industrial connectivity standard among automation professionals, with more than 15,000 available OPC applications supported by 3,000-plus companies. OPC is a global industrial connectivity standard that enables process control and manufacturing applications to communicate with each other using an interoperable, reliable and secure connection. OPC enables manufacturing environments to host a multitude of applications created by a variety of vendors.
Additional resource:
OPCTI also just released a white paper that explains how automation integrators can use standards-based OPC technology to share data between two or more control systems.
The paper covers the need to “bridge” control systems and explains how to do it using third-party applications. It also addresses many of the questions and concerns engineers, process control personnel, integrators, end-users and automation professionals have when using OPC Technology to bridge control systems.
Access the white paper here .