Process control OLE – in Europe

OPC Foundation, the organisation promoting Microsoft’s OLE for Process Control, last month announced the formation of a European branch – OPC-Europe Council. And hot on the heels of reports of a growing membership, it has set a date for the first European general assembly – to be held during the Hannover Fair (17 April). The […]

OPC Foundation, the organisation promoting Microsoft’s OLE for Process Control, last month announced the formation of a European branch – OPC-Europe Council. And hot on the heels of reports of a growing membership, it has set a date for the first European general assembly – to be held during the Hannover Fair (17 April).

The OPC Foundation has established an open interface standard based on Microsoft’s OLE/COM technology, which is aimed at fostering greater interoperability between the automation and control applications from different manufacturers.

The Foundation cites as one of its most important design goals the realisation of an efficient low level data access interface which is easy to understand, to implement and to use.

David Rehbein, of Fisher-Rosemount, the Foundation’s president, explained that the European branch would address the EC’s `unique regional and country-specific interests’. It would, he added: `help solidify and strengthen European members’ interests’.

In Europe, enquiries can be addressed to Michael Vetter, at Siemens in Karlsruhe, Germany. Tel: 0049 721 595 4232.