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From a business perspective, the use of OPC for connectivity promises to reduce the cost of automation, control, and integration solutions. By using OPCcompliant products, significant savings can be achieved
through shorter development efforts and a wide choice of vendor hardware and software solutions.
For every automation system installed today, a significant amount of time and money is spent ensuring that the system can share information with other systems and devices. OPC will save the customer time and money by eliminating a lot of the system integration problems caused by lack of open standards that exist
between automation devices, systems, and manufacturing software.
After an automation system is installed, OPC will not improve business bottom line directly; however, OPC will provide a common method to access real-time information.The real key to improving the bottom line is to distribute and use the information throughout the businessâ€™ value chain.