The OPC Foundation is an industry consortium whose objective is to define data access implementation standards for the manufacturing industries. The Foundation has defined standards to allow vendors of time-series databases to expose their data through a common programming interface. This standard has enabled the development of generic applications that are capable of accessing any time-series database, as long as its vendor supports an OPC Server. The existing OPC standards will be reviewed and compared with the OPC UA (Universal Architecture) standardcurrently in development. OSIsoft has integrated OPC technology into its RtPM Platform in many significant ways. OSIsoft has been asked to add OPC capability to some of its client applications. While we agree with this in principle, we suggest a different implementation. This presentation will include a description of our recommended architecture for the visualization of OPC data in RtPM applications.
As Vice President of Research, Ray Verhoeff oversees the design of new platform concepts, to ensure our customers can easily configure PI and the RtPM Platform. He began his career with the company in 1993 as a software engineer and developed the PI System's SQL language implementation. In 1997, he assumed the role of Group Leader for the PI Server for Windows NT and UNIX. Prior to OSIsoft, he worked for Champion International and Icotron as a process control engineer. Mr. Verhoeff, a native of Toronto, Canada, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 1981. He completed a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1983.