Industry 4.0 Common language protocol connects machines and people
Germany — The trade fair business has been hit hard during the past months. For more than a year most of us were obliged to stay at home, organize work from our home offices and stop travelling around the world for business trips. What could be more compelling in these times than a Global Production Language to connect not only machinery but people as well?
The Global Production Language Umati has made great steps ahead in the past twelve months. The first version of the specifications OPC 40501-1 UA for Machine Tools was released in in September 2020. All companies that manufacture machines, components such as controllers, software for machine tools and IT systems in the production environment are developing and refining their products based on this specification – worldwide and free of charge. It was also the first to be published with reference to the overarching specification for the entire machine and plant engineering industry, OPC 40001-1 UA for Machinery.
In October 2021, EMO Milano was the first occasion in a long time at which everyone could meet in person on an international stage. Umati was also there — with its own booth, information event and live demonstration. More than 50 machines were connected, almost half of them remotely. Via the updated Umati dashboard, interested parties were able to observe their activity and status directly. Several woodworking machines were also present for the first time. They had been integrated into Umati’s ecosystem via the OPC 40550 UA for Woodworking specification just one week prior at Ligna.
Also, the connectivity of IT, MES and ERP systems was proven through the first production-ready interface implementations in well-known MES systems by our partners mpdv, IGH-Infotec and Orchestra.
Umati has become a community of more than 200 strong partners — that means 61 companies and organizations have joined efforts to develop new specifications for a Global Production Language in 2021. Umati will be present at both Grindinghub and Metav 2022.