NMW 2002: OPC XML Specification released

Chicago, Ill. - The OPC Foundation announced at National Manufacturing Week the release of OPC XML specification based on XML and Microsoft .Net technologies. The specification can be downloaded from the OPC Foundation Web site at http://www.opcfoundation.org in April.

By Control Engineering Staff March 22, 2002

Chicago, Ill. – The OPC Foundation announced at National Manufacturing Week the release of OPC XML specification based on XML and Microsoft .Net technologies. The specification can be downloaded from the OPC Foundation Web site at https://www.opcfoundation.org in April.

OPC XML builds on the existing OPC Data Access specification, which defines an industry standard for exchanging manufacturing data using Component Object Model (COM) and Distributed COM (DCOM). OPC XML delivers multi-vendor interoperability and plug-and-play connectivity to plant floor information via the Internet.

‘The OPC Foundation is taking the initiative in defining XML for discrete and process manufacturing data to assure that there will be an industry-standard implementation,’ said Tom Burke, president of OPC Foundation. ‘OPC XML and Microsoft .Net unlock the Internet for sharing manufacturing information from measurement and control systems on the plant floor with MES, CMMS, ERP, and other production applications critical to the manufacturing process.’

‘The OPC community has exhibited a high level of interest in the OPC XML specification. Many OPC member companies have participated in the development of the specification and indicated they are developing products based on the OPC XML standard,’ said Andrew Kowalczyk, technical director of OPC Foundation and staff engineer at Honeywell IAC (Phoenix, Ariz.). ‘The OPC XmOL specification provides the foundation for multi-platform interoperability, and is one of the key architectural and strategic specifications that is a stepping stone for several other OPC initiatives that are under way.’

‘Microsoft worked closely with the OPC Foundation in developing the specification to take full advantage of the Microsoft .Net platform,’ said Ron Sielinski, industry technology strategist for manufacturing at Microsoft.

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