Global Graphics Software joins OPC Foundation

Connecting print to smart factories with Global Graphics Software

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Global Graphics Software: Innovative core technology for digital print

Global Graphics Software has joined the OPC Foundation, the organization responsible for developing and maintaining the OPC (Open Platform Communications) Industrial Interoperability Standard. Global Graphics Software is the developer of award-winning components used in digital printing systems that are increasingly part of connected processes in smart factories where printing is part of the manufacturing process. 

OPC UA is the interoperability standard for secure and reliable data exchange in industrial automation space and other industries. It is a platform-independent that ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. 

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Eric Worrall: VP of products and customer success at Global Graphics Software

Eric Worrall, VP of products and customer success at Global Graphics Software, comments, “OPC UA will allow us a standard way to communicate with devices within the production line such as PLCs. It will also allow us to communicate up to SCADA and HMIs, controlling the entire production process, not just the printing subsystem. 

Collecting the data and providing historical analysis will enable innovations like predictive maintenance. We will work with component suppliers to add OPC UA interfaces to electronic components in the print system to allow plug-and-play integration. We also have versions of our RIP technologies that can be run on arm platforms and aimed at the IoT. Adding OPC UA connectivity to these IoT solutions will allow standard connectivity and the strong security required for IoT. 

Justin Bailey, Global Graphics Software’s managing director, adds, “The OPC Foundation is an 800+ strong international community, and we look forward to becoming an active member. The function of print is changing, and the OPC UA standard is already in use in industrial environments that want to add print into their processes. Our OEM customers targeting their solutions in the industrial sector will welcome the connectivity potential that our solutions will provide.” 

Hoppe welcoming Global Graphics Software

Stefan Hoppe, president and executive director of the OPC Foundation, comments: “The OPC Foundation warmly welcomes Global Graphics Software as a new member of the largest ecosystem for secured industrial interoperability. OPC UA not only enables seamless, secure data transport from the field to the cloud (and back) – an essential aspect is the standardization of the information to be transported, e.g., also for the printing industry – we are therefore looking forward to the cooperation of the experts from Global Graphics Software.”

 

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