The OPC Training Institute (OPCTI), the world’s largest OPC training provider, has been selected by Citect, a manufacturer of automation monitoring and control solutions, as its OPC training provider following the completion of onsite OPC workshop training sessions for technical support employees. The institute’s comprehensive workshops provide automation and IT professionals with a proven training program that enables them to quickly take on the challenging task of establishing a robust communication infrastructure, according to the OPCTI. “The Certified OPC Professional (COP) training has helped improve our OPC troubleshooting skills,” says Karun Sukhwani, Global Support Manager at Citect by Schneider Electric. “OPC technical support issues that would typically frustrate our end-users are now resolved quickly and efficiently. This raises our level of service and customer satisfaction, while achieving significant reductions in our support costs.”“Citect by Schneider Electric’s COP accreditation training translates into bottom line efficiencies,” says Randy Kondor, President of OPCTI. “Proficiency through practice, and familiarity with OPC standards, empowers the team to consistently implement successful projects.”The OPCTI offers two styles of training. The public training provides end-users, integrators, and vendors with the knowledge they require to design and deploy projects that use OPC technology. Similarly, OPCTI’s private workshops cater to the unique training requirements of specific corporations.OPC technology is a fast growing industrial connectivity standard among automation professionals with well over 15,000 available OPC applications supported by over 3,000 companies. It is a global industrial connectivity standard that enables process control and manufacturing applications to communicate with each other using an interoperable, reliable, and secure connection. OPC enables manufacturing environments to host a multitude of applications created by a variety of vendors.Citect, now integrated into electricity and automation management company; Schneider Electric, makes the well-known CitectSCADA, a program specifically designed for customers that have a variety of different PLC/RTU providers. Vijeo Citect integrates with Schneider hardware, offering customers a complete end to end Schneider solution including OPC Factory Server and Speedlink for automatically generating configuration databases from UnityPro PLC programming software.