OPC currently stands for "Open Platform Communications". When OPC was released in 1996, it was restricted to Windows operating systems, and was an acronym for "OLE for Process Control". (OLE is an acronym meaning "Object Linking and Embedding".) However, OPC is now available on other operating systems and is frequently implemented in fields beyond process control. As a result, the original name (OLE for Process Control) is no longer appropriate, and in November 2011, the acronym was changed.
OPC is a standard for industrial communications that enables universal connectivity and interoperability. OPC technology is based on Client/Server architecture and provides standards-based communication that allows users to employ a "best of breed" solution for their projects. In essence, OPC is the Modbus of the new century.
A common analogy used to describe OPC technology is a printer connected to a computer: the computer requires a printer driver in order to interface with the printer. Similarly, OPC helps software applications interface with industrial data sources.
Many professions use OPC to help manage their processes. OPC is currently used in industries such as: power, oil & gas, petrochemical, pulp & paper, building automation & HVAC, automotive manufacturing, pharmaceutical, military applications, and more.
The OPC Foundation helps define the standard through working groups, and by creating and maintaining open specifications to standardize communication.
OPCTI is the global leader in OPC training for automation professionals, and is the largest OPC training company in the world. OPCTI offers hands-on training workshops in-person and online.
OPCTI is vendor-neutral, meaning that we will teach you how to establish and implement a robust and secure communication infrastructure, no matter what OPC products you use - the training that you receive from OPCTI can be immediately implemented at your workplace. Our progressive training will enable you to increase your efficiency, security, and productivity.
The Certified OPC Professional (COP) designation is only offered by OPCTI. The designation is awarded to those who have successfully completed our training, and who demonstrate proficiency with OPC technology, design architecture, and installations. The COP designation is endorsed by many OPC Foundation member companies.
OPCTI is an active member and a strong supporter of the OPC Foundation. Randy Kondor, President and Chief Instructor at OPCTI currently serves as the Vice President of Education at the OPC Foundation.
Visit our Training Schedule to see where OPCTI is currently offering training workshops, or contact us to find out more about private on-site trainings for you and your team.