OPC is and Open Platform Communication protocol. In general, OPC specifies the communication of real-time plant data between control devices from different manufacturers. OPC was designed to provide a common bridge for Windows-based software applications and process control hardware, such as PLC, HMI, SCADA, and DCS. Every most popular PLC and SCADA manufacturer created their own OPC servers to access their devices remotely.
Downtime Reduction School student will have an opportunity to get familiar with this technology and get a feel for its performance. The purpose of the future development by Downtime Reduction is to have remote help-desk capable of providing remote access to any industrial electronics of any old and new customers. In this case the OPC server will be required to be installed at the client site.
Below is an image of the OPC server and its capability: