Edmonton, Canada, Nov. 27 2007 - OPC Training Institute (OPCTI), the worldâ€™s largest OPC training provider, and InduSoft, a leading independent supplier of open HMI and SCADA software, have announced that InduSoft will endorse the Certified OPC Professional (COP) designation.
The COP designation is awarded to instrumentation technicians, process engineers, IT specialists and automation professionals who successfully complete the COP hands-on training program. InduSoft encourages professionals to obtain the necessary certification to assure the success of projects that use OPC technology.
"As the use of OPC technology increases in popularity, so does the demand for certified training" says Guy Oliver, InduSoftâ€™s Director of Marketing Communications. "Our relationship with OPCTI enables us to support our customers who are looking for training. As a result, we are seeing the industry build robust and scalable industrial data networks more cost effectively and in less time than traditionally has been the case."
OPC is an industrial connectivity standard that enables process control and manufacturing applications to communicate with each other using an interoperable, reliable and secure connection. Interoperability is apparent due to support by over 3,000 companies with well over 15,000 unique OPC applications.
"OPCTI is pleased to welcome InduSoft as a partner" says Randy Kondor, President of OPCTI. "InduSoft is well known and respected within industry as a major HMI and SCADA vendor and their support for the COP designation reinforces their commitment to provide high quality products and services."
Marcia Gadbois, Vice President of Business Development at InduSoft agreed that the partnership is really all about a commitment to customer service. "We want our customers and other partners to have options -- virtually unlimited options as they plan, design, and implement HMI and SCADA systems. So we offer nearly 240 communication drivers for high-speed, reliable, real-time communications with historians, data bases, DCSes, PLCs, and other process control equipment and systems.â€ť
That said, Gadbois went on to recognize the need for OPC. "We do recognize, however, that many customers may also have requirements that make OPC a better choice for their operation. That reality makes the need for OPC training paramount for many of our customers -- and thatâ€™s the thinking behind this strategic partnership with OPCTI; to ensure our customers can get the training they need when OPC is right for their business."
Topics covered in the workshops include OPC & DCOM diagnostics, system architecture, OPC client application design, and OPC server design.
OPCTI is the only company endorsed by OPC Foundation member companies to award the Certified OPC Professional (COP) designation. Holders of the COP designation have demonstrated proficiency with OPC technology, design architecture, and installations.
### About InduSoft
Founded in 1997, InduSoft provides a powerful family of industrial software products for developing applications in industrial automation, instrumentation, and embedded systems for all Microsoft-supported operating systems. InduSoft develops tools and technologies that empower people and companies to develop graphical interfaces for embedded PCs, PCs, and mobile devices to highly redundant systems. Today more than 20,000 InduSoft HMI, SCADA, control and data acquisition systems are operating worldwide.
OPCTI is a global OPC training company with workshops in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. OPCTI offers hands-on training both in-person and online. Unlike other companies that offer vendor-biased information, OPCTI focuses strictly on training and does not sell its own products. For more information about the OPC Training Institute, visit www.opcti.com.
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Director of Marketing, OPCTI