Rockwell Automation Elevates Industry Leadership Through Expansion of Open Process Automation Capabilities

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ByCraig Resnick
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Prior to the ARC Industry Leadership Forum, Rockwell Automation announced new offerings supporting Open Process Automation. Solutions include Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx’s control platform, Embedded Edge Compute Module, Open Process AutomationFactoryTalk Optix, and FactoryTalk DataMosaix. This announcement demonstrates the company's commitment and involvement within the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), which is making strides in helping to influence the future of automation. The O-PAS Standard is a “standard of standards” developed by the OPAF and aligns with the OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture (UA) Standard.  

As an automation user-driven standardization initiative, the O-PAS Standard presents an opportunity for manufacturers to help modernize their automation infrastructure and enhance scalability, flexibility and upgradeability. This helps to improve capabilities over the system's lifespan and provides greater investment protection by expanding system integration capabilities. 

Rockwell Automation has actively invested in technologies that help to enable the company to provide an integrated experience for both its products and those from the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork.  

The PlantPAx Distributed Control System, Rockwell Automation’s flagship offering for the process industries has a 15+ year track record of delivering DCS and information-ready capabilities leveraging a more open, modular, and secure architecture. Building on this foundation, Rockwell Automation continues to expand its PlantPAx system capabilities. Recent additions include:

  • PlantPAx's control platform, based on the company’s Logix Controllers, now natively supports OPC-UA, facilitating direct data sharing with edge and cloud applications. Additional connectivity options are available with MQTT and REST. 

  • Embedded Edge Compute Module, which provides a compute surface within the Logix environment, helps to enhance plant-wide connectivity through OPC-UA, MQTT, and REST API communication. 

  • FactoryTalk Optix, a scalable platform that can be used in PlantPAx to provide native support for OPC-UA to allow operations, maintenance, and plant personnel to visualize various information originating across the enterprise.

  • The combination of PlantPAx and FactoryTalk DataMosaix provides an industrial Data Ops platform that supports OPC-UA, provides contextualization of data from multiple sources. The data models can be used to support pre-built Energy, Batch and Asset optimization solutions from Rockwell Automation or to accelerate development of custom solutions.

The alignment with open industry standards, such as the O-PAS standard, OPC-UA, and the Namur Module Type Package (MTP) standard, allows Rockwell Automation to further address the growing market demand for scalability, modularity, and interoperability. The company's focus on open standards positions it to fulfill additional industry requirements, with ongoing support for use cases and demonstration projects across various industries.

Rockwell Automation will showcase these new capabilities at the upcoming ARC Forum, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to influencing the future of automation through open standards and new technology solutions.

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