OPC-UA connectivity: ILS Technology, Softing integrate cooperate; OPC training
Boca Raton, FL and Haar, Germany –
LLC’s deviceWISE 2.0 framework will be integrated into the
OPC-Universal Architecture (OPC-UA) Factory Gateway solution. The cooperation is said to leverage Softing’s expertise in technology for
device connectivity and deviceWise’s administration, security, and policy functions for industrial automation applications. Pilot production is expected early 2008. The introduction will coincide with anticipated demand for OPC-UA-based products as industrial companies adopt the standard to provide universal connectivity to diverse sets of automation equipment in manufacturing.
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The integration of the deviceWise framework into Softing’s technology will help manufacturers address industry mandates for security, policy, and auditing purposes by expanding distribution of control and data-collection from factory floor to enterprise, the companies say.
“The market adoption of the OPC-UA standard will be rapid, and Softing will help companies achieve their goals for universal connectivity by offering a best-in-class edge solution that integrates deviceWise technology,” said Fred Yentz, chief operating officer of ILS Technology. “With deviceWise embedded in Softing’s OPC-UA Factory Gateway solutions, customers will have the ability to expand production-device connectivity into enterprise databases and applications to give decision makers access to real-time data for their operations. Based on this expanded access, Softing and ILS Technology will enable companies to make more intelligent decisions about their operations.”
By proving its compatibility to the OPC-UA standard, deviceWise provides tool manufacturers, system integrators, production managers, and IT managers with legacy and future-proof connectivity to IT infrastructures and intelligent devices, the companies say.
“Softing is pleased to partner with ILS Technology to bring advanced industrial automation solutions to market,” added Jürgen Lange, OPC marketing manager at Softing. “The company’s deviceWise framework integrates seamlessly into our OPC edge solution and offers users unprecedented connectivity between manufacturing operations and the enterprise. With this type of connectivity, our customers will be able to manage their production operations with valuable insight from the business side of their companies.”
Softing says it supports the supplementary software technologies for simple, manufacturer-independent communication between systems and devices, such as OPC and field device tools, with its tool kits and components.
“Manufacturers are discovering that one of the most effective ways to improve operational efficiency is to transport data from the plant floor to the enterprise in real-time,” added Craig Resnick, research director,
ARC Advisory Group
. “However, many of these same companies are finding substantial roadblocks to seamless transportation of data between two entirely different technology sets. The OPC-UA standard resolves this issue of interoperability and Softing and ILS Technology have devised a full-featured OPC-UA solution that addresses the challenges of interoperability.”
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