The MTConnect Institute and the OPC Foundation have announced the availability of the MTConnect-OPC UA (Unified Architecture) Companion specification release candidate (RC). "The MTConnect-OPC UA companion specification has been developed to ensure a uniform information model that can be utilized via the MTConnect standard and the OPC UA standard," said Paul Warndorf, secretary of the MTConnect Institute and vice president of manufacturing technology at AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology. "This information model can be used by manufacturing technology equipment, devices, software or other products that implement our standards."
MTConnect is an open, royalty-free communications standard intended to foster greater interoperability between manufacturing equipment, devices, and software applications, thereby harnessing information and data available from the shop floor. The OPC UA specification defines a standard set of interfaces, methods, and an extensible set of objects for use in process control and manufacturing automation applications to facilitate interoperability.
The MTConnect-OPC UA Companion Specification RC is available for download from MTConnect Institute's Companion Specifications page. It provides details about how to harness the MTConnect and OPC UA specifications, allowing software developers to implement MTConnect and OPC UA to enable greater interoperability.
Related Glossary Terms
- process control
Method of monitoring a process. Relates to electronic hardware and instrumentation used in automated process control. See in-process gaging, inspection; SPC, statistical process control.