Length: 1 day
CEU Credits: 0.7
Course hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.


Sharing data between current control system offerings requires a myriad of hardware, software drivers, and configuration tools from each vendor. OLE for Process Control (OPC) is an industry-wide standard that breaks this proprietary lock by offering open connectivity based on principles adapted from MS Windows integration standards.

Using case studies and an OPC client/server demonstration, this seminar shows you the benefits and drawbacks of using OPC in your plant, how to link diverse industrial equipment into an effective plant-wide communications network, how to securely share plant data on the Internet, and how to justify the economics to move to OPC.

You will be able to:

  • Describe link diverse industrial equipment into a plantwide communications network
  • Understand the mission of the OPC Foundation
  • Discuss what the OPC standards provide
  • Compare OPC to current industrial protocols
  • Recognize the benefits and drawbacks to OPC
  • Justify the economics to move to OPC
  • Post your process data seamlessly onto the Internet or Intranet
  • Migrate your plant and process data into your business applications
  • Identify where to go for off-the-shelf OPC solutions
  • Recognize the benefits and drawbacks to open control

You will cover:

  • The OPC Foundation: History | Goals | Benefits of OPC
  • Benefits and Limitations of OPC
  • Why Do We Need Another Protocol?
  • The ISO/OSI Communications Reference Model: Migration of Industrial Protocols | Proprietary Protocols, Open Protocols, Industrial Ethernet | Goals for a Common Industrial Protocol | Compare Client Server/Publisher Subscriber Methods for Sharing Data
  • Technical Overview of OPC: Basic Components of OPC | COM and DCOM | Active-X Controls | Object Modeling Concepts
  • Examine the Current OPC Standards: Common Interface | Data Access (DA) | Security | Alarms and Events (A&E) | Historical Data Access (HDA) | Batch | Data Exchange (DX) | XML-DA
  • Implementation Techniques:  Connect Plant Devices with Differing Communication Protocols | Moving Plant Data to Business Applications such as Excel and SQL Databases | Create Internet and Intranet Solutions | Case Studies (Polyethylene Plant, Chemical Plant Control, SCADA Gas Transmission System, Ammonia Plant, ERP, Machine Control) | What Control System Vendors Are Doing |Non-Microsoft Platform Support | Performance Benchmarks
  • Resources for Off-the-Shelf OPC Solutions: Servers | Clients | Development Toolkits

Lab and Classroom Exercises:

  • Demonstration of OPC Server and Client

If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

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