Honeywell Process Solutions announced a software toolkit that is designed to simplify the interconnection of industrial software systems, enabling them to communicate with each other regardless of platform, operating system or size. The Matrikon FLEX OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) Software Development Kit (SDK) is ideal for applications where minimal memory and processing resources are common.
Honeywell made the announcement at Hannover Messe 2017 in Hannover, Germany.
Intended for use by discrete and process industry manufacturers, commercial customers, and automation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Matrikon FLEX is a developer toolkit that enables any application, regardless of size, with OPC UA. It an SDK that meets the scope of market requirements – from small, embedded chips to enterprise servers. It will be a key component of Honeywell’s Connected Plant.
Growing adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 is driving requirements for open and secure connectivity between devices (e.g., machine-to-machine or M2M) and edge-to-cloud solutions. Since OPC UA serves as a key data connectivity standard, vendors are seeking to enable their new and existing products with this technology to compete in the IIoT/Industrie 4.0 landscape.
With its “server/client-in-a-box” design, Matrikon FLEX provides a method of implementing OPC UA products without requiring development personnel to be OPC UA experts. Unlike vendors requiring a separate OPC UA toolkit when implementing products on different platforms, Honeywell offers the only toolkit that developers need to use, maintain and update all of their products. It is an answer to deploying IIoT connectivity across a product portfolio.
Matrikon FLEX provides reliable, pool-based memory management and runs on virtually any system: from resource-constrained embedded platforms to PC-based applications.
Honeywell Process Solutions (www.honeywellprocess.com) is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas; refining; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals and petrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; and metals, minerals and mining industries. It is also a leader in providing software solutions and instrumentation that help manufacturers find value and competitive advantage in through Honeywell Connected Plant, Honeywell’s industrial internet of things (IIoT) solution.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.