OPC Foundation announced Peter Lutz ad Director of Field Level Communications Initiative.

OPC Foundation announces Director of Field Level Communications Initiative

Peter Lutz coordinates the initiative Field Level communications including TSN

The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce the nomination of Peter Lutz as the new Director of the Field Level Communication (FLC) Initiative. In his new position, he will lead and drive forward the development of the initiative and the specifications.

Throughout his career, Peter Lutz led various international projects, initiatives and consortia that developed and promoted innovative technologies for the benefit of users and suppliers in the industrial market.

After the official presentation at the SPS IPC DRIVES fair 2018 in Nuremberg, the Field Level Communication Initiative was established within the OPC Foundation and has started its work.

Stefan Hoppe
Stefan Hoppe
President
Verl, Germany
Thomas J. Burke
Thomas J. Burke
Strategic Marketing Officer
Ravenna, Ohio, USA

In his role as managing director of Sercos International Peter Lutz has been responsible for designing, specifying, standardizing and promoting the Sercos automation bus. Under his direction, various specifications, comprehensive certification tools and procedures for conformance and interoperability testing of field devices have emerged.

“I am looking forward to this new task and the associated challenges. I am convinced that we will extend the success story of OPC UA to the field level. ” said Peter Lutz about his new position.

The Steering Committee of the Field Level Communication Initiative meets regularly to coordinate and support the marketing and technical work including the leading automation suppliers ABB, BECKHOFF, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Cisco, Hilscher, Hirschmann, Huawei, Intel, Kalycito, KUKA, Mitsubishi Electric, Molex, Moxa, Omron, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, TTTech, WAGO and Yokogawa.

“Among many other skills Peter Lutz knows how to achieve cross-vendor interoperability. This will bring the users of the OPC Field Level Communication Standard a lot of advantages.” comments Thomas Brandl from Bosch Rexroth, who is chairman of the FLC Steering Committee.

The technical working groups held their kick-off meeting from 7 to 10 January 2019 in Munich with a very impressive number of over 90 participants. The group coordinates its work through teleconferences and regular face-to-face meetings – another meeting took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from 12 to 15 March 2019.

“With Peter Lutz, we have gained a very experienced field communication expert whose knowledge we trust and whose experience we will undoubtedly benefit from. I look forward to working with him and wish him every success in his new role.” announces Stefan Hoppe President OPC Foundation.


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