At SPS IPC Drives Trade Fair in Nuremberg this month, Microsoft will demonstrate integration between Azure IoT Suite and OPC UA with several partners, including Beckhoff, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Softing, the OPC Foundation, Leuze Electronic and Iconics.
This builds on Microsoft’s expanded OPC UA support for open-source OPC UA modules in the Azure IoT Gateway SDK, as well as open-source support for OPC Classic protocols. The OPC UA adapter for OPC Classic deployments, which many industrial assets currently run on, is a readily available open-source module from the OPC Foundation on GitHub and will be integrated into Microsoft’s .NET Standard reference stack. This will enable easier connection of older OPC devices to Azure IoT Suite.
At SPS IPC Drives, Microsoft partners will showcase how they are driving momentum with the Microsoft Azure platform, including:
Beckhoff: This demo includes a wall with Beckhoff devices running the Azure IoT Gateway SDK and OPC UA modules, showcasing command and control from the cloud as well as telemetry data sent through the gateway to the cloud.
Iconics: This HoloLens demo shows a mixed reality-assisted installation scenario of an industrial device in a factory. The HoloLens connects to the installed device via OPC UA and receives diagnostic info from the device – for example, to check if the installation was successful.
Leuze Electronic: This demo features a barcode scanner connecting to Azure IoT Hub with open-source software components and sending telemetry data as well as command and control from Azure IoT Hub back to the device. This unique scenario features the barcode scanner running a bear-metal OS, which was easily connected to both telemetry and command and control through the Microsoft’s open-source components.
OPC Foundation/Hewlett Packard Enterprise: This demo will bring together a device wall filled with OPC UA servers that are connected using an industrial gateway from Hewlett Packard Enterprise running the Azure IoT Gateway SDK and OPC UA, showcasing command and control from the cloud as well as telemetry data sent through the gateway to the cloud.
Softing: This demo showcases how Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite integrates data from industrial automation networks into the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub. Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite feeds data from industrial automation networks into such solutions and supports data sources such as PLCs and OPC Classic servers.