OPC-UA embedded into Festo valve terminals

01 August 2016

Festo has embedded OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) into its valve terminals, enabling plant managers and engineers to realise the benefits of smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 principles.

The valve terminals, which control factory and process automation and combine fluid and motion control, can now be seamlessly embedded in any Industry 4.0 host environment, supporting factories of the future. 

All Festo’s valve terminals with CPX remote I/O can be extended to include an integrated CODESYS controller. This means that OPC-UA is an available option for Industry 4.0 host environments in all factory automation and process automation applications. OPC-UA is available with the CPX terminal, valve terminals CPX/MPA and CPX/VTSA (OPC UA server), compact controller CECC (OPC UA server) and display and operating unit CDPX (OPC UA client). Festo can also provide mechatronic subsystems as complete customer solutions incorporating OPC-UA.

 “As we move towards Industry 4.0, communication and engineering standards are critical. The vision of IoT can only be realised if the communication of the central components is based on a common standard that can fulfil its complex requirements,” said Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “As OPC-UA is platform and operating system independent, it can provide an open communication solution from the front-end devices, sensors and actuators, or controllers right up to the cloud.”

“OPC-UA is a key standard and in the same way that Industry 4.0 is based on evolution not revolution, we expect to see OPC-UA grow and develop and will be embedding it in many of our products in the future,” concludes Steve. Festo will be integrating the OPC-UA technology into many more of its electrical controls in the coming years.


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