OPC Foundation and CESMII Initiated New Joint Working Group to Enable Manufacturers to Speed Up Pre-Built Shop Floor Apps 

By Greg Gorbach

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The OPC Foundation, in collaboration with The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), announced the launch of the “OPC UA Cloud Library” Joint Working Group (JWG).  The goal of the JWG is to specify how OPC UA information models of machines, SCADA and Manufacturing Execution Systems will be stored in and accessed from a cloud-based database.  Such a database will enable manufacturers to draw from a wide range of OPC UA information models and profiles for use in their pre-built shop floor and business digitalization applications.

Collaboration between the OPC Foundation and the Smart Manufacturing Institute is a natural fit given their complementary efforts.  On one hand, the US government-backed Smart Manufacturing Institute sets out to help accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing by businesses of all sizes by enabling frictionless movement of information (data and context) between real-time operations and the people and systems that create value in their organizations.  On the other hand, the OPC Foundation created a globally adopted open data interoperability standard via its OPC UA specification.  The specification’s information modeling capabilities and secure, scalable communications made it a cornerstone of Industry 4.0 and virtually every other national Industrial IoT initiative.  By working together, CESMII and the OPC Foundation aim to enable the broadest range of US manufacturers and beyond to innovate and go-to-market in their digital transformation using the right data modeling foundation.

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