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Umati is one of this year’s most outstanding innovations

| Author / Editor: Ahlam Rais / Ahlam Rais

Umati enables machine tools and peripherals to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems.
Umati enables machine tools and peripherals to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems. (Source: Deutsche Messe)

With changing times, there is a need for more advanced and convenient solutions for the global machine and machine tool industry. Here, one innovation that is breaking ground is Umati.

Umati, the universal machine tool interface, is an open standard for machine tool users throughout the world. Industrial robots and collaborative robots dominating the shop floor; processing big data with ease; adopting artificial intelligence and digital twin technology to help analyse data, optimise systems, processes and monitor systems; and completely digitalising factories through Industry 4.0 ; all this is how factories of the future will look like. Quoting the late American scholar and author Warren Bennis: “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” This may well be the case as futuristic machines and technologies will be able to think and work on their own without human interruptions.

Launch of Umati

Next generation technologies and solutions surely leave one stunned — as witnessed in several path-breaking innovations that will change the way in which machine and machine tool industry operates forever. One good example this year is the launch of VDW's (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) Umati – the universal machine tool interface - together with 17 leading companies.

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Umati is an open standard for machine tool users throughout the world. It acts as a common language platform for machine tools so that exchange of information can take place smoothly, enabling machine tools and peripherals to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems and it can be used to explore many new dimensions in manufacturing.

The companies involved in the launch of Umati include Chiron, DMG Mori, Emag, GF Machining Solutions, Grob-Werke, Heller, Liebherr-Verzahntechnik, Pfiffner, Trumpf, United Grinding Group, Beckhoff, Fanuc, Heidenhain, Bosch Rexroth, Siemens and ISW – University Stuttgart.

OPC UA communication platform

One of the most striking features of the machine tool interface is that it is based on the OPC UA companion specification which is considered to be the most ideal communication platform for different industrial devices due to its open data model. Umati also allows for specific mapping from customers or manufacturers and is capable of carrying out transformation of parameters through standardised configurations.

With the aim to help industry players get a better understanding of how the unique machine tool interface functions, Umati was also demonstrated live at EMO 2019, the leading trade show for the metalworking industry.

This year, Umati was a game changer for the global machine and machine tool industry. In future, the industry will expect to see many more of such solutions that can enhance and upgrade the mechanisms of the industry.

This first appeared on www.maschinenmarkt.international.

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