Belden's latest HiOS software embeds OPC UA in the switch
Belden has released the latest version of its Hirschmann Operating System (HiOS), adding an embedded Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) server. The company says the software provides a seamless, brand-agnostic solution to support the move of industrial automation towards Industry 4.0. Belden says it is the only manufacturer to offer switches that can natively run this communication protocol.
Now with universal communication capability, users can reap the benefits of a more tightly integrated network within the factory automation system, including openness, interoperability and scalability. As the de facto communications standard for Industry 4.0, OPC UA provides a communication bridge between all levels of the automation architecture, from embedded components on the factory floor to the enterprise.
“Industrial communication is extremely fragmented, with various manufacturers or user groups promoting proprietary solutions,” said Mark Cooksley, Product Line Manager at Belden. “We’ve embedded OPC UA directly into our HiOS software to promote interoperability between manufacturers. Now, our hardware speaks a common communication language and can be managed directly within existing industrial applications.”
Belden says that the key benefits from the upgraded HiOS software include:
- being Industry 4.0 ready, providing a futureproof solution that ensures existing products will continue to support future technologies;
- seamless integration into existing OPC UA-based applications;
- less complexity and higher network availability since there is no requirement for SNMP to OPC gateways.
According to Belden, HiOS is suitable for any industrial setting that requires immediate, reliable communication between devices, especially for machine-to-machine communication and motion control applications. Comprehensive security features also make it suitable for high-risk industries, such as power transmission and distribution, oil and gas, and general manufacturing.
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