Better Process Podcast Features OPC DataHub
An online discussion of OPC and the OPC DataHub as
practical solutions for engineers and managers looking to get
the most out of their factory's process data.
Georgetown, Ontario (January 24, 2007) The OPC specifications, OPC DataHub, and
Software Toolbox were featured in a recent interview with Bob
McIlvride, Communications Manager for Cogent Real-Time
Systems. The interview "Getting
the Most out of Your Factory Data" was conducted by
the Better Process Podcast, Voice of the Small and Mid-sized
Manufacturing Firm, and is available as an audio file for
online listening or download.
"We're getting a great response," said Ken Rayment, Host
of the Better Process Podcast. "I believe Cogent has an
innovative solution to a problem many companies face."
Mr. Rayment focused the discussion on three key questions:
1) What are the challenges facing industry today? 2) What are
some of the solutions? and 3) What can your company offer?
Mr. McIlvride responded that a major challenge faced by
engineers and managers alike is getting the most out of their
process data. OPC provides a standard way to access process
data within Windows, he said, while the OPC DataHub lets users
interact with that data using popular Windows tools such as
Excel, web browsers, and ODBC-compliant databases.
"Companies are searching for this type of innovative data
interaction," said Mr. Rayment. "More and more manufacturers
require real-time information from their shop floor."
The interview explored ways to feed data into ERP and MES
systems, to display data on portable PCs and cell phones within
the plant, and to view live statistics and vital indicators of
machine status in Excel or on the web. The discussion also
pointed to the value of Software
Toolbox serving as the North American distributor of the
OPC DataHub for Cogent.
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.