Latest News
OPC Foundation: Kick-Off “FLC I/O" Working Group

Image: OPC Foundation

OPC Foundation: Kick-Off “FLC I/O" Working Group

Kick-Off “FLC I/O" Working Group on December 11, 2023

The overall goal of the working group, which operates within OPC Foundation as part of the FLC Initiative, is established to drive interoperability of remote I/O devices, such as modular I/Os and compact I/Os. The WG will add to the UAFX base specifications the definition of interfaces and behaviors for the different types of I/O devices.

29 Feb 2024 - UT-F190-B40-2V1D-FR from Pepperl+Fuchs

The interoperable interface between PLC / DCS and I/O devices shall support different industries such as food & beverage, automotive, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemicals, energy, water waste, pulp & paper.

The interface shall include the following functionalities:

  • data models and behavior for the different I/O device types
  • configuration of I/O devices
  • functional safety
  • diagnostic information which is specific for I/O devices
  • operational modes of I/O devices
  • state machines and timing models for I/O specific functionality

The I/O working group will use the UAFX base facet and extend it with the elements that are required for interoperability of I/O devices. There is a relation to the Networking WG regarding network functionality and to the Safety WG regarding safe I/O functionality. There is also a relation to the Motion and Instrumentation WGs where standardized I/O channel types may be incorporated into motion or instrumentation devices.

Initial co-chairs of the working group are Rosh Chathoth Sreedharan (Rockwell Automation) and Mark Nixon (Emerson).

29 Feb 2024 - SICK RFU6xx Family

The Kick-off Meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2023 as a web conference.

Start Times

  • 5:00 am PST (US West coast)
  • 8:00 am EST (US East coast)
  • 2:00 pm CET (Germany)
  • 10:00 pm JST (Japan)

(duration 60-90 minutes)

For registration please contact Peter Lutz, This group is open for OPC Members of categories "Corporate Members", "End-Users", "Non-Voting-Members" but not open for "UA-Logo-Members".

Get to know our products

Turck HW TBEN-L5-4RFID-8DXP-OPC UA Interface
Balluff BIS U-6127
Siemens SIMATIC RF600
Leuze DCR 200i - Series
SICK RFU6xx Family
UT-F190-B40-2V1D-FR from Pepperl+Fuchs
OPC UA Compliance Test Tool (UACTT)
Stefan Hoppe
Stefan Hoppe
President & Executive Director
Scottsdale, USA
Alexander Allmendinger
Alexander Allmendinger
Test Lab Manager
Salach, Germany
Cookies are necessary to provide you with our services. By continuing your visit on the website, you consent to the use of cookies.
More information Ok