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Partnerships: Newest Interoperability Initiatives for Industrial Automation 
A quick look at the latest interoperability initiatives such as OPC UA and FDT 2.0, FDI and its implications for FDT, how OPC UA meshes with ODVA, PLCopen, and MTConnect.
While the last decade has been remarkable for the number of automation and control technologies introduced, another market force has produced an effect on the industry much more notable—collaboration among vendors and industry organizations.
The concept of being locked into brand loyalty where an end-user company would purchase all of its devices and applications from a single vendor and its direct partners as a means of guaranteeing that the applications and devices would work together in a seamless fashion has become completely archaic. However, it was commonplace not so long ago.» Cloud Computing and the FDT/OPC Initiative» Machinery Initiative Explained

Oil & gas blending systems benefit from OPC historian, data trending and analysis 
Canary Enterprise Historian, Canary Logger, and Trend Link software run independent of the HMI, provide graphical display of trends to optimize maintenance and performance, and synchronizes/archives daily from remote sites.The Canary software installations include the Canary Enterprise Historian, Canary Logger and Trend Link. The ability to configure the historian and logger to run as a service is extremely valuable as well as having the added benefit of running independent of the HMI connecting directly to an OPC server. Remote data logging is done at locations where two servers exist, allowing the use of a single Canary Enterprise Historian.

Randy Walker, control systems engineer, says “Canary Trend Link is a valuable tool allowing us to graphically review archived data for maintenance issues and performance. Templates can be saved of commonly reviewed trends for quick future access. The export utility is used to generate viewed trends into reports for distribution”… Read More»

Practical tips for planning redundancy in an OPC data communications network
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New white paper from Cogent Real-Time Systems provides background information and practical considerations for plant engineers and managers interested in implementing redundancy in a data communications network based on the OPC protocol.The paper defines basic redundancy concepts such as cold, warm, and hot standby, seamless and smart switchovers, fallbacks, and object and link monitoring. It also points out common design problems like the timer pitfall and forced switching, and gives useful advice on how to get the best value in a redundancy manager.“As system up-time becomes more critical to financial success, many plant engineers are looking at adding redundancy to their mission critical control systems,” said Andrew Thomas, President of Cogent. “This paper is helpful for anyone interested in getting quickly up to speed on the main issues, so that they can make informed decisions”… Read More»

Why OPC-UA will be on every automated control system in the future
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Inductive Automation makes the case for upgrading to OPC-UA now versus later, and why OPC-UA will inevitably be incorporated into control systems in the future.OPC-UA is often seen as an evolutionary upgrade to the previous OPC specification, and one that will take some time to roll out into use. Many companies have been using classic OPC products successfully for years, and envision that the upgrade to OPC Universal Architecture (UA) will occur as part of a generational upgrade, “down the road”.However, in the context of today’s modern manufacturing environment, it is evident that OPC-UA is really more revolutionary than evolutionary, and offers a number of very compelling features that are well worth investigating immediately… Read More»

Oil & gas explorer switches to in-house process control, data acquisition in massive 1,800-site project
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Modern, Web-enabled application uses Kepware’s OPC UA solution for data collection, resulting in cost savings versus previous outsourced application, more efficient deployment of manpower, and better and faster information to manage 1,800 oil and gas fields.In the highly competitive oil and gas industry, the need for timely and accurate field data is critical. Optimizing production, planning future drilling and managing well reserves and spot gas supplies are more important than ever. Failsafe Controls is making the best-informed business decisions and saving their customers money in the process, using cutting edge process control and automation technology for its customers.Failsafe Controls’ customer, an oil and gas exploration and production company, embarked on a huge automation initiative in moving their outsourced process control and data acquisition management operations in-house. The idea was to empower all the teams and departments with the ability to recognize trends and identify any problematic areas to ensure optimal production levels are achieved…Read More »


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