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Experience interoperability: Connected Machines

umati@automatica for networking and condition monitoring

Interoperability is traditional automatica topic – it refers to the ability of various devices or machines to interconnect and communicate regardless of their manufacturer, thus facilitating data access for end users. The umati dashboard takes this kind of networking to a new level: The demonstrator comprises various machines, robots, machine vision systems, and tightening systems distributed across five halls with smartphone-based data access. Participating exhibitors: ABB, Asentics Vario, Asentics Vision Technology, Beckhoff, DEPRAG, EPSON, FANUC, KEBA, KUKA, MVTec, SIEMENS, spin-robotics, WEBER and Yaskawa.

Standard of the future: The umati dashboard is based on OPC UA, an open interface that unlocks digital networking, runs on various operating systems, and ensures manufacturer-independent compatibility. The OPC UA Companion Specifications are industry-specific standard specifications defining the use of OPC UA in certain domains such as robotics, machine vision, or in tightening systems.

A reality check of connectivity

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone requiring quick and easy access to a network of machines, robots, machine vision systems, and tightening systems of different manufacturers. All you need is a smartphone to scan QR codes of the individual exhibits. Once the umati dashboard appears on your screen, you have an option of viewing various data and machine information – relating to condition monitoring or things like axis position and robot axis speed. Who will be there? The VDMA stand provides an overview of all participating exhibitors and machines.

Connected Machines at automatica – the experience:

  • Machine dashboards based on OPC UA specifications – OPC UA for Machinery, OPC UA for Robotics, OPC UA for Ma-chine Vision, and OPC UA for Tightening Systems
  • Tangible OPC UA Companion Specification implementations in real industrial products – a demonstration of functionality and customer benefits
  • A decentralized demonstration providing access from across the globe – far beyond the exhibitor stands on site

What is umati?

umati (universal machine technology interface) is an initiative by mechanical engineering companies and their customers looking to promote and use open, standardized interfaces based on OPC UA. Their goal is to make data exchange among machines, components, and plants a simple, seamless, and secure process that can be integrated into customer- and user-specific IT eco-systems. umati aims to unlock new potential for the global production of the future.

What is OPC UA?

OPC UA is an acronym for Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture. It is a machine-to-machine communications protocol used in industrial automation and other areas. OPC UA is a standardized and safe way of exchanging data and information between machines, devices, and applications – regardless of their platform and manufacturer. The objective: to achieve interoperability between various systems and applications, and to facilitate the integration of data from different sources within a common framework.

What are Companion Specifications?

OPC UA Companion Specifications are industry-specific standard specifications specifying possible OPC UA use cases in certain domains such as robotics, machine vision, or in tightening systems. They are based on the OPC UA core standard and offer additional concepts, objects, and services tailored to these fields of application.

Date

Tuesday, June 27 to Friday, June 30, 2023

Time

Daily 9:00 to 17:00 (Tu-Th) or 16:00 (Fr)

Location

Central meeting point: Hall B5, Stand 218
And at participating exhibitors’ stands

Language

German or English