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OPC Server - More information
For extra information on this release, please review the Read-me file.

An unlimited runtime license for the OPC Server Software requires purchase of a license. The purchase can be charged to a customer's account or credit card like any other NEWPORT product.

To activate this license, you must first download the program or install from CD-ROM, and provide Newport with the unique Installation Specific Code that will be presented within the installation process. If you choose to purchase a license On-Line, include this Installation Specific Code number in the "special instructions" for your order. As soon as possible during normal business hours, or the next business day, Newport will provide you with the specific License Activation Code.

What is an OPC Server?
OPC Servers are hardware drivers that are written to a common standard, OPC or "OLE for Process Control". OPC compliant programs (OPC Clients) for HMI, SCADA, DAS, etc. are available from Newport, Omega, Wonderware, iconics, Intellution, Rockwell Automation, and National Instruments, among others.

The OPC Foundation offers this explanation: "OPC (originally OLE for Process Control) is an industry standard created with the collaboration of a number a leading worldwide automation and hardware software suppliers working in cooperation with Microsoft. The standard defines method for exchanging realtime automation data among PC-based clients using Microsoft operating systems. The organization that manages this standard is the OPC Foundation.

"The OPC Specification is a non-proprietary technical specification that defines a set of standard interfaces based upon Microsoft’s OLE/COM technology. The application of the OPC standard interface makes possible interoperability between automation/control applications, field systems/devices and business/office applications.

"Traditionally, each software or application developer was required to write a custom interface, or server/driver, to exchange data with hardware field devices. OPC eliminates this requirement by defining a common, high performance interface that permits this work to be done once, and then easily reused by HMI, SCADA, Control and custom applications."-- www.opcfoundation.org

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