Belden has launched a new version of its Hirschmann Operating System (HiOS) for Industry 4.0 applications.
The HiOS adds an embedded Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) server for seamless, brand-agnostic industrial automation. Belden is the only manufacturer to offer switches that can natively run this communication protocol.
The universal communication capability provides tighter network integration within the factory automation system, including openness, interoperability and scalability. As the de-facto communications standard for Industry 4.0, OPC provides a communication bridge between all levels of the automation architecture, from embedded components on the factory floor to the enterprise.
“Industrial communication is extremely fragmented with various manufacturers or user groups promoting proprietary solutions,” said Mark Cooksley, product line manager at Belden. “We’ve embedded OPC UA directly into our HiOS software to promote interoperability between manufacturers. Now, our hardware speaks a common communication language and can be managed directly within existing industrial applications.”
HiOS is well-suited for any industrial setting that requires immediate, reliable communication between devices, especially for machine-to-machine communication and motion control applications. Comprehensive security features also make it ideal for high-risk industries, such as power transmission and distribution, oil and gas, general manufacturing, automotive, transportation and mass transit, rail-rolling stock, and aerospace markets.
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