OPC DataHub makes history at OPC Japan Interop Workshop
Cogent Real-Time Systems tests their OPC DataHub at
the OPC Interoperability Workshop in Japan, becoming the first
non-Japanese company ever to attend this event. The DataHub
passed all server and client tests with flying
Georgetown, Ontario (September 28, 2006)
At the recent OPC Japan
Interoperability Workshop in Tokyo, Cogent Real-Time Systems
made history by becoming the first non-Japanese company to
attend this annual event. The workshop is a venue for testing
compatibility between products from leading OPC vendors.
Cogent's OPC DataHub software received many accolades, and
went on to pass all server and client tests with flying
"Cogent Real-Time Systems was the first foreign company
ever to participate in the Japanese OPC Interoperability
Workshop," said Toshio Oono of Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
"Cogent made a fresh and lasting impression on all of the
participating companies. Because of Cogent's involvement, many
companies said that they would like to see more overseas
companies participate in the Japan IOP in the future."
OPC is the leading protocol for data communications
between industrial hardware devices and Windows software. Each
year hardware and software manufacturers test their compliance
with OPC standards at workshops in North America, Europe, and
Japan. This allows industrial products from different
manufacturers to work together seamlessly.
"We are looking forward to the synergy effect that OPC
DataHub will have with our own products in the future," said
Takebishi Corporation's Ryuji Takeuchi.
"We certainly received a wonderful reception in Tokyo, and
the OPC DataHub has generated significant interest from all the
major players in the OPC community in Japan," said Andrew
Thomas, president of Cogent. "Our Japanese friends were
excellent hosts and the positive feedback from the workshop
shows us that the OPC DataHub is unique in this market."
"Technological progress occasionally sweeps like a huge
wave through manufacturing systems and methods," said Masashi
Murakami, Chairman of the OPC Japan User Committee. "We
believe that the OPC DataHub is the next big wave of progress
for manufacturing, since it allows you to easily and
inexpensively connect OPC systems within and beyond the Windows
Cogent's OPC DataHub software represents the next
generation of applications designed for working with real-time
data. It provides OPC tunnelling, bridging and aggregation as
well as the ability to connect OPC data to Excel, web browsers,
mobile devices and Linux-based applications. At the workshop in
Tokyo the OPC DataHub was tested against all 30 OPC servers and
clients provided by participants such as Yokogawa, Yamatake,
Fuji, Toshiba, Hitachi, OMRON, and Digital Electronics
(Proface). In every test, the OPC DataHub performed
"This Interoperability Workshop provided us with a very
valuable experience," said Yoshinori Teraoka of Hitachi. "We
were able to test our products with an overseas company for the
first time. We plan to spend more time to evaluate the OPC
DataHub for our future use."
The OPC DataHub's ability to connect other protocols and
non-Windows platforms is generating new interest in OPC. "The
OPC DataHub can solve problems in many diverse applications in
the manufacturing industry," said Miki Miyasaka of ACCA Networks
Co., Ltd. "We are already planning to make good use of the OPC
DataHub in upcoming exhibitions in November."
Susumu Wada of Seedsware Corporation said, "We are
planning to expand our field of operations to include plant
automation in the future. I am looking forward to working
together with Cogent and their software."
Cogent sees great potential in Japan. There is a strong
industrial base, and OPC is becoming recognized as the
connectivity standard of the future. The OPC DataHub is well
positioned in this growing market, offering a wide range of
applications from heavy industry to high tech.
Founded in 1995, Cogent Real-Time Systems is
the leader in real-time cross-platform data integration between
Windows, Linux and QNX. Customers include the Bank of Canada, Cadbury
Chocolate and the European Space Agency. Cogent leverages its
experience in real-time data communications to provide the next
generation of OPC products.