OPC UA is turning into the de facto standard for M2M communication. A good example of this trend is Festo’s announcement that it will now “use OPC UA as the communication interface for new products.” The company has embedded OPC UA in the latest version of its CPX automation platform.
As Festo Product Manager Sebastian Schnaitmann explained to DirectIndustry e-magazine:
Imagine you are a machine builder willing to address very different customers working from different locations. Through OPC UA, you’ll be able to share information with all of them, without needing to know if they use Profinet, Ethernet IP or any other protocol.
At Hannover Messe, Festo also displayed a CECC controller, with an integrated OPC UA server.
[In November 2014, we met with Thomas Burke, OPC Foundation President. Watch our interview (part 1 and part 2) on OPC global growth, cloud and cybersecurity.]