The OPC Foundation has announced the launch of its new setup to identify OPC UA and related TSN-harmonisation needs and extends OPC Foundation standards and specifications.
The goal of this initiative is to deliver an open, cohesive approach to implement OPC UA including TSN and associated application profiles. This will advance the OPC Foundation providing vendor independent end-to-end interoperability into field level devices for all relevant industry automation use cases. The OPC Foundation vision of becoming the worldwide industrial interoperability standard is advanced by integrating field devices and the shop floor.
A new set of working groups will identify, manage and standardise the OPC UA relevant topics focused on industrial automation. The working groups will align with the TSN Profile for Industrial Automation (TSN-IA-Profile), which will be standardised by the IEC/IEEE 60802 standardisation group. This will help ensure that a single, converged TSN network approach is maintained so that OPC UA can share one common multi-vendor TSN network infrastructure together with other applications.
This initiative integrates well with existing joint working groups engaged in ongoing companion specification e.g. description of machines.
Stefan Hoppe, President of the OPC Foundation said, “The benefit of membership in the OPC Foundation allows companies to engage and influence the direction of the OPC Foundation and includes early access to the specifications and technology. This initiative will grow OPC UA into new markets and I encourage all OPC Foundation members to contact the OPC Foundation to participate.”
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