Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA)
OPC UA is an open interface standard that defines the mechanisms of cooperation in the industrial environment. It enables the industry to integrate its products and its production by information and communications technologies (ICT). Machines and plants can be redesigned as required by plug & work - irrespective of which manufacturers the machines and components originate. The VDMA develops with its member companies OPC UA Companion Specifications.
The development of a draft of the OPC UA Companion Specification has been completed. The VDMA Standard Sheet 40250-1 is expected to be ready by the end of July 2021 - after passing through the review and comment phase.
Work on the draft OPC UA Companion Specification has been completed. The VDMA Standard Sheet 40223 is expected to be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2021 - after having passed the testing and commenting phase.
The Air Pollution Control Division began development of a Companion Specification for "Process Air Extraction and Filtration Systems" in July 2019. The aim is to develop a standardized interface for the exchange of data between process air extraction and filtration systems among themselves, to upstream machines, to supporting systems or into higher-level manufacturing systems in a manufacturer- and platform-independent communication network.
The M2X Intralogistics Communication working group in the Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association is concerned with the standardization of interfaces relating to automated guided vehicles and machines in intralogistics.
On November 10, 2020 the world's first immersive online event on OPC UA took place. Participants of the event learned about the approaches and contents of already published or currently under development OPC UA Companion Specifications of the mechanical and plant engineering industry - flexible and convenient in your home office.
The project "Interoperable Interfaces for Intelligent Production", II4IP for short, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), aims at the development of cross-industry OPC UA standards. You can find more about goals, measures and background information in the flyer of the same name.
The joint web seminar of VDMA and ZVEI provided implementation-oriented insights into the "Asset Administration Shell" - the digital twin for Industrie 4.0. Over 295 participants were able to follow the presentations and live demonstrators from ABB Stotz Kontakt, Festo and Wittenstein.
The VDMA develops the world language of production - this is the central topic of the OPC UA online series of the VDMA. The kick-off event on 30 June 2020 focused on the role of the VDMA in the context of Industry 4.0 and internationalisation as well as the future of mechanical engineering in times of digitalisation.
In the "OPC UA for Machinery" Companion Specification all basic information models resulting from the work of all OPC UA working groups are combined. Now the first building blocks are ready for comment.
The VDMA intends to set up a working group on the topic of "Industrie 4.0 with OPC UA" in Brazil. The kick-off was a first web conference on May 28, which was attended by about 30 company representatives. You too can participate and help to advance Brazil's productivity and competitiveness by introducing this interface standard.
In the new episode of the OPC Foundation Podcast Andreas Faath explains the role of the VDMA in the development of OPC UA Companion Specifications. The head of OPC UA in VDMA gives an overview of the active working groups in VDMA and explains the process underlying the development of a Companion Specification.
Extensive work is currently being carried out under the umbrella of the VDMA to standardize the interfaces of machines and components in individual sectors. In the "OPC UA for Machinery" Companion Specification all basic information models resulting from this work are combined.
Cross-industry collaboration and harmonization of interface standards is crucial for Industry 4.0 and the production of the future. This was also shown at the second meeting of all OPC UA working groups in the VDMA.
In November 2019, experts from all over the world met for the OPC Day in Helsinki. Now both the video recordings and the PDF versions of the presentations are available and provide an overview of the latest news about this interface standard.
Around 50 VDMA members visited Lenze SE in Hameln on 16 January. The highlight of the experience exchange event was the company's Plug & Produce Showcase, which illustrates the advantages of OPC UA in a very concrete way.
In 12 web seminars, experts from various branches of the mechanical and plant engineering industry presented their respective OPC UA standards in the period from June 30 to August 7, 2020. About 3,800 registered participants informed themselves in the 60-minute sessions about the approaches and contents of the OPC UA Companion Specifications for our industry.
In the digital production world, machines from different manufacturers must be able to communicate with each other. This requires uniform standards, in the development of which the VDMA is significantly involved: the OPC UA Companion Specifications.
OPC UA Companion Specifications –an important prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0
The definition of uniform interfaces in production is a prerequisite on the way to Industrie 4.0. The VDMA is currently focusing on the interface standard OPC UA and is developing industry-specific OPC UA Companion Specifications. An OPC UA Companion Specification is an information model suitable for all manufacturers which represents the real interfaces between components, machines and systems.
An important basis for the successful introduction of Industry 4.0 is the manufacturer-independent exchange of data in production. The open interface standard OPC UA is increasingly established for this purpose. The VDMA guideline shows how companies can successfully introduce industry 4.0 communication with OPC UA.
In the VDMA Industrie 4.0 Forum, the VDMA has bundled its internal association know-how. A regularly published newsletter reports on the association's diverse activities in the areas of digitization, Industrie 4.0 and OPC UA.
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