OPC specification for ADI gets Malvern thumbs up

23 October 2009

Malvern Instruments has welcomed the release of the first OPC analyser device integration (ADI) specification. The UK headquartered company was one of the founding members of the working group established in 2008 to develop a common method for data exchange and an analyser model for process and laboratory systems.

The new standard is designed to ease the integration of analysers for the implementation of multivariate process control strategies. It is based on OPC-UA (Unified Architecture) which is universally accepted, platform neutral and achieves high speed data transfer. The standard is of particular value in the pharmaceutical industry where commercial pressures, Quality by Design (QbD) and the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) initiative, are combining to promote transformational change in manufacturing practice.

Gerard Michel, senior automation engineer for Malvern’s process systems, said, "This is a significant step towards the goal of true plug and play interoperability. At Malvern we have long recognised the importance of integrating different instruments to successfully automate control. For process instrumentation this is often a route to achieving maximum return on analytical spend and we are working hard to ensure that our customers can access all the benefits the standard brings from the outset."

The OPC Analyzer Device Integration Working Group has seen the successful collaboration between members of the OPC Foundation, an organisation dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation via open standards, and 21 other companies including representatives from instrument vendors and industrial users.

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