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We have released QuickOPC 2018.3 today. This version marks a significant expansion in the supported development platforms, by allowing develpment for .NET Standard. QuickOPC can now be used under the .NET Core runtime, not just on Microsoft Windows, but also on Linux. We have also extended the list of supported development tools by .NET Core CLI Tools, JetBrains Rider and Visual Studio Code. Also, new specialized client objects and services allow easy cooperation with OPC UA Global Discovery Server (GDS), including its Certificate Management features.

For more information, see What's new in QuickOPC 2018.3 .

We have released QuickOPC 2019.1 today. This version brings mainly targeting and technology updates, such as support for .NET Framework 4.8, Visual Studio 2019, and Windows Server 2019.

For more information, see What's new in QuickOPC 2019.1 .

We are happy to announce that QuickOPC 2017.1 has been released today. This version brings several important improvements:

  • Live Binding for WPF
  • Excel Real Time Data
  • Connectivity Explorer Tool

We are happy to announce that QuickOPC 2018.2 has been released today. This version brings in assorted improvements, such as support for headless OS versions, enhancements to OPC UA endpoint selection choices, enhancements to OPC UA discovery, and better user interface in Connectivity Explorer.

For more information, see What's new in QuickOPC 2018.2 .

We are happy to announce that QuickOPC 2017.2 has been released today. This version brings:

  • Support for security policy Basic256Sha256
  • Support for Visual Studio 2017
  • Improved HTTPS support

For more information, see What's new in QuickOPC 2017.2 .

We are happy to announce that QuickOPC 2018.1 has been released today. This version brings support for OPC UA Complex Data.

In OPC UA, servers can stick to the standard types defined in the OPC UA specifications, or they can define their own types. The "non-standard" data types can be completely server-specific, or can conform to some industry standard. Usage of these data types is commonly referred to as OPC UA complex data. With complex data, it is possible that the data type is not even know at compile time; instead, it can be discovered, constructed or processed during runtime, without prior knowledge of it.

The OPC UA Complex Data extension integrates into the QuickOPC component, and its functionality is thus transparently available both to .NET and COM programming languages and tools.

For more information, see What's new in QuickOPC 2018.1 .

Technikerschule - Städtische Fachschule für Maschinenbau-, Metallbau-, Informatik- und Elektrotechnik in München, Germany, has used QuickOPC in one of its courses. In an automation + IT class of Dipl.-Ing. Reiner Doll, students learn about various levels in industrial automation. One of their tasks is to access a control system using OPC Unified Architecture from a Visual Basic program. QuickOPC is used to achieve this task, either directly, or in form of higher-level programming blocks prepared for the students. The material to the course can be found here.

Project RAID (Reconfigurable Integrated Assembly Demonstrator) is a demonstration project currently being undertaken within the IMG group at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Sheffield, UK. The project aims to demonstrate the benefits of various advanced manufacturing techniques in a complex assembly line environment. Developing and integrating technologies such as Smart Tools, MES, PLM, Collaborative Systems, Smart Fixturing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Optical Projection, Digital Twin, Informatics, Part Tracking, Digital Work Instructions, Predictive Maintenance, Smart Kitting, and Remote Assistance and applying them to traditional manufacturing processes allows us to extract previously-untapped data related to both the process and product through its complete lifecycle from design and manufacture to operation and maintenance. By intelligently analyzing the data, we are able to convert this into useful information, thus allowing us to make proactive informed decisions regarding all aspects of the design, manufacture and operation of the product. As OPC-UA forms the backbone of the project's communication architecture, using OPCLabs' toolkit was an easy decision to make. Allowing QuickOPC to handle the heavy lifting resulted in reduced development time, reduced complexity and increased security.

 

Alex Godbehere MEng(Hons) MIET

We are happy to announce that QuickOPC 5.40 has been released today. This version brings several important improvements:

  • Support for OPC UA Alarms & Conditions
  • NuGet package distribution format
  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 targeting
  • Event pull mechanism

AMRC uses QuickOPC in the integration of off-the-shelf digital technologies with a manufacturing execution system for Project RAID. Our earlier announcement, and their May 2018 report.

      

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