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Leading Automation and Information Technology Suppliers Jointly Promote OPC UA over TSN as Unified Communication Solution

ABB, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, CISCO, General Electric, KUKA, National Instruments (NI), Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SEW-EURODRIVE and TTTech drive OPC UA over Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) as the unified communication solution between industrial controllers and the cloud. Based on open standards, this solution enables industry to use devices from different vendors that are fully interoperable.

Industrial automation solutions have traditionally been differentiated and separated from one another by different incompatible and non-interoperable standards used for communication between devices. This fact has been limiting innovation and the integration of new solutions, with customers not being able to optimize their automation solution to its full value. To address this, ABB, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, CISCO, General Electric, KUKA, NI, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SEW-EURODRIVE and TTTech have started an open technical collaboration under the umbrella of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OPC Foundation.

This group of companies are aiming for an open, unified, standards-based and interoperable IIoT solution for deterministic and real-time peer-to-peer communication between industrial controllers and to the cloud. The cooperation considers OPC UA TSN as the unified standard for industrial automation and IIoT connectivity. The participating companies intend to support OPC UA TSN in their future generations of products. First pilots of these products are already being integrated in an IIC testbed. The group’s objective is to show compatible controller to controller communication between devices from different vendors using OPC UA TSN over standard IT infrastructure.

Read more in our press release.