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OPCWare is a trading name of Data Layers Limited.

OPCWare create components for software developers and automation users to assemble interconnections between industrial devices and applications, productively. Unlike expensive proprietary software which requires third party support, and unlike custom applications which require time consuming internal support, OPCWare products offer rapid connectivity solutions in an off-the-shelf form that is vastly more cost effective for most applications.

The company was founded in February 2002 by Neil Kingston, building on an existing business called Industrial Automation Solutions.

From our offices in Cork, Ireland, we work with global clients, partners and suppliers, to deliver the most appropriate and significant industrial automation solutions, creating and building affinity relationships.

Flagship Product

Our flagship product OPCWare Client Developer, is the market leading rapid development toolkit of ActiveX components for the development of OPC Client software, and for OPC-enabling existing applications. We have been selling this software product for four years.

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Our founder Neil Kingston has 14 years of experience in engineering and software development and product management, with extensive exposure to industrial software applications. Neil holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechancial Engineering, and a Master's degree in Computer Simulation. He is a member of the ISA, the international professional body for Instumentation, Systems and Automation, and is also a member of the IEI, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.

Neil Kingston, our founder and CEO (right) discussing the unique benefits of our software products with Mr. Micheál Martin, TD, Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Our developers and engineers are experienced in producing advanced automation systems incorporating both hardware and software. We have leveraged that experience in producing our range of software product offerings. We also provide a range of high value professional services based around our ability to apply our products and related core skills to end user applications.

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Development Process

The focus of our product and project history has been in the software development and manufacturing sectors, particularly the regulated/healthcare and process industries. We are experienced in the application of lifecycle methodologies such as Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP, ISPE), and ISO 9001:2000, to the development and production of software and automated systems.

Our reputation for customer service is exemplary, and we pride ourselves on our ability to anticipate and understand our customer's requirements, and to deliver solutions that make a real difference to the business of our customers.

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Development Tools

We have a strong track record in programming applications and components for MS Windows and the web, particularly using Visual Basic and Visual C++, OPC-enabled applications and components. We also use Visual Studio.NET (Visual Basic.NET, C#.NET, ASP.NET) and Delphi to produce reusable components as well as standalone and web applications to our customer's specifications. In addition, we can produce manual and automated test scripts, MSI-based software installation and setup packages, as well as HTML help, user's and technical manuals, and other documentation if required.

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Partners & Affiliations

Data Layers Ltd. is a full member of the OPC Foundation. We have implemented various OPC Client and Server configurations in accordance with the current OPC Specifications. Our experienced software engineers understand how to make OPC work effectively for you. We are available to consult on your OPC projects.

Our founder Neil Kingston holds several professional affiliations. Neil is a member of the ISA, the international professional body for Instumentation, Systems and Automation.

Neil Kingston is also a member of the IEI, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.

Data Layers Ltd. is a Microsoft Registered Partner. Membership of Microsoft's Partner Program not only signifies that Data Layers Ltd has demonstrated a level of competence and expertise in Microsoft products and technologies, but also that we are committed to Microsoft product development regime and see it as offering the best set of solutions to any organisation that demands true integration. All our products and client solutions are built on proven Microsoft technologies and backed by our strong software skill and development expertise

Data Layers is supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government agency responsible for the development of Irish industry.

In 2004, the company participated in the Genesis Enterprise Programme, a publicly funded 12 month growth acceleration programme for knowledge based businesses in the South West of Ireland.

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We are committed to serving you with our OPC products and services. On this site you will find information about our range of services, as well as our products:- OPCWare Client Developer, our OPC Client ActiveX controls toolkit, OPCWareXL, our OPC Client Excel Add-In, and our range of OPC Servers.

If you have further comments or questions, please let us know.

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Our clients and customers are located on every continent worldwide and include:

ABB OY Process Industry (ABB Oy Prosessiteollisuus)
ACS Automation and Control Solutions
Adasa Sistemas
ÅF-Consult AB
Air Products and Chemicals
Albany International
Alert Systems
Amcor PET Packaging NA
Anode B.V.
Arcelor (RDCS Groupe)
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
ATK Space Systems
Basin Electric Power Coop
BHA (a GE company)
Beekhuis Computer Solutions B.V.
Boston Scientific
Bovis Lend Lease Pharmaceutical
Biotehniskais Centrs
Caladrius Computing
CB&M Design Solutions
Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional
Computer Control + Integration
Computer Sommer GmbH
Concept Multimedia
Control Arts
Crest Solutions
DAS Dünnschicht Anlagen Systeme GmbH
DC Controls
Decon Italia s.r.l
DePuy (a Johnson & Johnson company)
Eaton Automotive
EDV-Service SKS GmbH
Energi E2 A/S
Engineered Solutions Group
Epic Vision Solutions
ES Automazioni SRL
Faurecia Exhaust Systems
Franz Oberflächentechnik GmbH & Co. KG
FURNAS Centrais Elétricas S.A.
GE Transportation (Aircraft Engines)
GEStamp - MB Ciganotto S.A.
GE Supply
Haver & Boecker
Hemlock Semiconductor (a Dow Corning Company)
Holland Electric Motor & Supply
Idasa Aranda
Idhammar Systems
Imperial Manufacturing
Intcom India
Irish Shell
Irish Sports Products
Kester Solder
Kongsberg Technologies
Langner Communications
Lecan Software
Lectro Engineering
Liburdi Engineering
Limitorque (a Flowserve company)
MacSteel (a Quanex company)
Marine Interface
Markem Corporation
Michiels Fabrieken NV
Meadville Forging Company
Neff Press Inc
Nuclenor, S.A.
Panasonic Electric Works Sales Western Europe BV
Peak Scientific
Petro Star Valdez Refinery
Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals
Pipeline Systems
Polymer Chemical Company BV
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
Practical Robotic Services
Radius Solutions
Schmachtl GmbH
Schmidt Technology
Scimed Life Sciences (a Boston Scientific company)
Smalandsstenars Mek Verkstad SMV AB
Software Spectrum
Spartanburg Stainless Products
Syscon International
Tata Consultancy Services
Terra Industrial
tri-M Building Automation Systems
TriVascular, Inc.
True Fit Solutions
University of Illinois and Chicago (UIC)
Valmont Wind Energy
Volumetric Technologies
Vulcan Engineering
Wiring Unlimited

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