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Honeywell launches software development kit

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Honeywell Process Solutions has introduced a software toolkit that simplifies the interconnection of industrial software systems, enabling them to communicate with each other regardless of platform, operating system or size.

The Matrikon® FKEX OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) Software Development Kit (SDK) is suitable for applications where minimal memory and processing resources are common.

Intended for use by discrete and process industry manufacturers, commercial customers, and automation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Matrikon FLEX is the first high performance developer toolkit that quickly and easily enables any application, regardless of size, with OPC UA. It can meet the entire scope of market requirements – from small, embedded chips to enterprise servers. It will be a key component of Honeywell’s Connected Plant.

Shree Dandekar, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Connected Plant, said: “Honeywell Connected Plant is our holistic approach to anticipating and meeting the needs of customers by leveraging the power of the IIoT […] Within this environment, OPC UA plays a key role in enabling outcome-based business solutions. Our introduction of Matrikon FLEX underscores the importance of this technology.”

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.

Tom Burke, President and Executive Director, OPC Foundation, said: “In order to quickly and efficiently implement OPC UA, suppliers need a toolkit to minimise development time and effort, and deliver secure and reliable products. Honeywell’s new SDK is ideal for companies getting started with OPC UA to take advantage of the growth of the IIoT. It provides a way to launch OPC UA-enabled products faster and with fewer changes.”

Matrikon FLEX provides a fast, seamless method of implementing optimised, highly reliable OPC UA products without requiring development personnel to be OPC UA experts. It is an efficient and cost-effective answer to deploying IIoT connectivity across a product portfolio – and ultimately taking products to market sooner.

The toolkit provides reliable, pool-based memory management and runs on virtually any system.

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