In July 2008, the OPC Training Institute (OPCTI), released the 20 most common OPC Technology questions asked by automation integrators. In August 2008, a forum of OPC experts assembled online to provide answers to the hundreds of automation professionals registered for the event. Now, OPCTI has released a 20 page document containing answers to the top OPC integration questions. The document is available to OPC integrators via the OPCTI website. The panel of experts who provided the answers included Kepware’s Executive VP & CTO Tony Paine, Software Toolbox’s VP of Operations Colin Winchester and OPCTI’s President and CEO Randy Kondor.
In addition to the Top 20 OPC Integration questions, industry professionals were given the opportunity to submit questions bumping the total count of questions to a whopping 45. Popular questions revolved around authentication and security issues. Questions include; How do workgroups and domains affect OPC? How will DCOM changes impact security? How do I use OPC across a firewall?
The questions were broken into 28 main categories including DCOM configuration, diagnostics, OPC performance, OPC Unified Architecture, industry trends and OPC capabilities among others.
OPCTI provides the document free of charge and answers all 45 questions, including the top 20 questions, asked by OPC integrators.
OPC technology is the fastest growing industrial connectivity standard among automation professionals with well over 15,000 available OPC applications supported by over 3,000 companies. OPC is a global industrial connectivity standard that enables process control and manufacturing applications to communicate with each other using an interoperable, reliable and secure connection. OPC enables manufacturing environments to host a multitude of applications created by a variety of vendors.
The OPC Training Institute (OPCTI) is a global OPC training company with workshops in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Unlike other companies that offer vendor-biased information, OPCTI focuses strictly on training and does not sell its own products. OPCTI is the only company endorsed by OPC Foundation member companies to award the Certified OPC Professional (COP) designation.