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Article | September 30, 2004
Plant connectivity survey
As companies move to an environment of real-time event-driven manufacturing, where information from the plant floor will drive visibility and production intelligence applications, technologies such as OPC, Web Services, and Service-Based Architecture will provide the interoperability needed to connect the domains of the manufacturing enterprise.
This is the key finding in a survey conducted by the ARC Advisory Group on behalf of the OPC Foundation an independent and not-for-profit organization dedicated to interoperability in automation. Connecting devices sensors machines and production control systems at the plant floor level is the basis and starting point for all real-time information that will flow from the plant floor to upper-level production management and visualization systems says OPC in an October 6 press release announcing the survey findings. “Manufacturers are aware that this real-time production information is necessary to bring greater visibility and production intelligence solutions that enable informed decision-making at upper tiers” says OPC.
To order the study phone OPC Foundation at 508/543-8600 ext. 204.
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