9 October 2008

OPC analyzer device integration draft specification

The release date for the OPC Foundation OPC Analyzer Devices Integration draft specification for review is in December.

The OPC Foundation working group is working toward developing an information model for analyzer devices to allow plug-and-play multivendor interoperability.

The working group consists of end users—Abbott, Arla Foods, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer—and vendors: ABB, CAS, Kaiser Optical Systems, Malvern Instruments, Mettler-Toledo AutoChem, Siemens, Software Toolbox, Sympatec, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Umetrics, and Yokogawa representing Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and laboratory industries.

The Analyzer Device Integration working group is developing a common method for data exchange and an analyzer data model for process and laboratory analyzers.

“PAT users are looking for true plug-and-play interoperability,” said Lou Pillai, director, strategic architecture at Pfizer. “A well defined information standard and its implementation such as OPC-ADI is a great step in that direction. OPC-ADI can help minimize custom integrations that users have to take on themselves. This directly will improve the time to benefit from PAT implementations.”

“Since its launch in February, the OPC Foundation Analyser Device Integration (ADI) Group has steadily developed in terms of numbers of participants and importance to the Pharmaceutical Industry to become one of the key activities to enable and expedite future PAT and Quality by Design initiatives,” said Phil Litherland, technical director of process analysis and control technologies for GlaxoSmithKline.

“The OPCF ADI UA specification will ultimately provide an open standard to resolve today’s analyzer integration and data exchange challenges and empower the industry to achieve improved process understanding, real-time process and quality control, and its ultimate goal, Real Time Release,” Litherland said.

“We are focusing on bringing new analyzer device types into the development labs as well as into production facilities,” said Arne Svendsen, head of Manufacturing IT for Arla Foods. “Sometimes integration is needed just to test out the instrument."