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OPC UA Companion Standard for Sercos released

23 July 2017

The OPC Foundation and Sercos International have announced that the Sercos OPC UA Companion Specification Release is now available. 

This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos device model and the Sercos device profiles to OPC UA, so that functions and parameters of Sercos devices are made accessible via OPC UA in a vendor-independent manner. This initiative is designed to simplify communication between machine periphery and supervisory IT systems and to support the requirements of Industry 4.0 regarding semantic interoperability. 

Thomas Burke, president and executive director at OPC Foundation, said: “Sercos provides a robust device model and device profiles that made logical sense to plug into an OPC UA namespace. The Sercos OPC UA Companion Specification enables machine to machine interoperability, and machine integration with the cloud-based applications at a minimum. 

“Sercos suppliers will now be able to take advantage of the rich service oriented architecture of OPC UA, facilitating the vision of the embedded world having information integration into the cloud. The OPC community will now be able to be easily extend their products to support the great networking technology of Sercos. Both organisations are working together to facilitate and help the suppliers bring certified products to the marketplace supporting this new companion specification.”
 
Peter Lutz, managing director of Sercos International, continues: “In today’s manufacturing systems automation devices and systems from many different manufacturers have to be integrated and maintained, resulting in significant total cost of ownership (TCO) during the entire product life cycle. At the same time product planning and control require process and machine related information to facilitate the efficient use of the manufacturing resources. This challenge can be faced best with a standardised mapping which brings together the semantics of Sercos with the OPC UA Sercos information model. 

“Use cases cover a broad range from device parametrization and network configuration up to energy management and preventive maintenance. Furthermore new business models can be easily implemented because users and suppliers can rely on a consistent and vendor-independent semantic.” 


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