Rockwell Automation, Inc. has announced significant new offerings supporting Open Process Automation™. Particularly, innovations include PlantPAx’s control platform, Embedded Edge Compute Module, FactoryTalk Optix, and FactoryTalk DataMosaix.
This move solidifies the company’s commitment and peer leadership within the Open Process Automation™ Forum (OPAF). Thus, marking a significant stride in reshaping 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.
“The O-PAS™ Standard provides an open, interoperable, and secure architecture for industrial Process Automation using existing and emerging standards whenever possible,” said Aneil Ali, Open Process Automation™ Forum director.
In addition, Ali said the O-PAS™ Connectivity Framework (OCF), which leverages OPC-UA, is the enabler for automation users to connect and replace architecture components. This is without needing an entirely new system installed in their facility.
As an automation user-driven standardization initiative, the O-PAS Standard presents a golden opportunity for manufacturers to modernize their automation infrastructure, enhancing scalability, flexibility, and upgradeability. This improves capabilities over the system’s lifespan and provides investment protection by expanding system integration capabilities.
Rockwell Automation, with a history of championing open industrial automation standards, has actively invested in leading-edge technology. Accordingly, these investments enable the company to provide an integrated experience for both its products and those from the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™.
“We appreciate and understand our users need for products and systems that integrate well together and allow for collaboration of edge and cloud data sources. Through working with organizations like OPAF and OPC, we will continue to invest in our systems, products and services for market-leading interoperability, longevity and performance,” said Brian Shepherd, senior vice president, software and control, Rockwell Automation.
The PlantPAx® Distributed Control System, Rockwell’s flagship offering for the process industries, stands out with a 15+ year track record. Particularly, leveraging an open, modular, and secure architecture. Building on this strong foundation, Rockwell Automation continues to expand its PlantPAx system capabilities. Recent innovations include:
The alignment with open industry standards like the O-PAS standard, OPC-UA, and the Namur Module Type Package (MTP) standard allows Rockwell to address the growing market demand for scalability, modularity, and interoperability. Moreover, the company’s focus on open standards positions it to fulfill industry requirements, with ongoing support for use cases and demonstration projects across various industries.