Developers who want to put OPC UA on an embedded device typically use an SDK (Sofware Development Kit) to speed up the project. Although an SDK can be helpful, using one to build an OPC UA server is still a big task, typically taking 12 to 18 months for an expert in OPC. Thankfully, there is another approach—use a framework. This article explains the three main advantages of using a framework:
- It resolves protocol blocking, a challenging obstacle to development .
- It can convert the OPC UA to the protocol the device may be using.
- You don’t need to learn OPC UA.
Using a framework (like the one provided by Skkynet’s ETK) allows a developer to bridge between the application logic and the OPC UA protocol and speed up development time.