Powerful partners are testing OPC UA for Machine Tools interface
Several participants provided a server at the second Plugfest, which our developers connected to in the test: Example Server – ISW, University of Stuttgart, Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co KG, Fagor Aotek, IFW Uni Hannover, KAPP NILES GmbH & Co. KG, Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH, Mitsubishi Electric B.V., Röders GmbH, Siemens AG, VOLLMER WERKE Maschinenfabrik GmbH and UNOMIC.
The aim of the tests was to find out whether our developers could connect to the existing servers and interact with their data points. The tests were positive and the offered data points could be successfully read and written by the servers.
OPC UA for Machine Tools is a Companion Specification, which is supported by our OPC Router with the OPC UA Client.
The core task of OPC is a standardised networking of production. This makes OPC and especially OPC UA one of the most important protocols for implementation of Industry 4.0. The OPC Router distributes the data as a gateway to the right recipients and thereby brings Industry 4.0 to life.
Interview with umati Plugfest Organizer Götz Görisch
Götz Görisch is responsible for Digitization and Industry 4.0 at VDW and is Chairman of the Joint Working Group. In a telephone interview he reports about the advantages and future of umati.
“umati is a community of companies from the engineering industry and the main advantage for customers is plug and play, as all these technologies are located in a common ecosystem,” says Görisch.
To realise this efficiently, open, independent interfaces are required, which represents semantic interoperability: On one hand OPC UA, the ideal communication platform for connecting a wide range of devices, and on the other hand the Companion Specification, which defines the content for various applications.
According to Görisch, this is exactly where umati comes in and makes the promise to users that machine and plant manufacturers will take care of further implementation if a connection is not possible.
umati has already integrated the specifications OPC UA for Machine Tools and OPC UA for Machinery into its demonstrator infrastructure, which means that the objectives can also be implemented in the interests of the customers.
Götz Görisch wishes for the future: “Our goal is to continue the growth of the umati community and to gain even more partners who will join us in order to further advance the mission of umati as well”.
We at inray are also very positive about the development of umati and see an optimal interaction with OPC Router as user of the new connectivity possibilities.
umati is supported jointly by VDW and VDMA and is open to participants from industry, research, organisations and networks from all over the world. In autumn 2020, umati will present another showcase: http://umati.org