OPC Foundation and CLPA sign Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate communications in machine to IT systems

03 May 2016

Digitalisation in all areas of industrial automation requires consistent communications across all levels while using Internet technologies, both inside and outside of the factory, for example to cloud-based services. The OPC Foundation and the CLPA hope to achieve this by developing an interface specification with harmonised access.

At the recent Hannover Fair, Thomas J. Burke, president and executive director of the OPC Foundation and Naomi Nakamura, global director of the CC-Link Partner Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both organisations agree to closely cooperate while developing these interfaces. Commenting on the agreement, Burke, said, “This collaboration between the OPC Foundation and the CLPA provides a complete solution for CC-Link networks and devices to the cloud. End-users who have selected the reliable CC-Link networks will also be able to integrate with other disparate systems to achieve complete data and information exchange”.
Nakamura said: “CLPA is at the forefront of offering solutions that help users to achieve their Industry 4.0 aspirations. For example, CC-Link IE already offers the greatest bandwidth for these applications with our unique gigabit Ethernet. By working with the OPC Foundation, we now want to take this a step further. Our aim is to make the task of getting data from machines simpler by supporting edge computing. By extending our CSP+ technology combined with OPC-UA, machines will be treated as if they were just a single device. This will allow information to be easily shared throughout an enterprise and beyond.”

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