Industry 4.0 and OPC UA

Working group consisting of industry and associations develops interoperable and manufacturer independent OPC UA demonstrator
Interoperable and vendor-independent demonstrator, developed together with 5 partners – Industry 4.0 becomes reality
  • Part 1 of the OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification – Released.
  • Standardization of the interface for Industrial Robots enables seamless communication.   
  • The VDMA OPC Machine Vision Initiative has successfully released Part 1 of the OPC UA Machine Vision Companion Specification.
  • With standardized interfaces for machine vision, the machine vision industry is now ready to play a major role within the Industry 4.0 paradigm.
OPC UA for Machine Vision (OPC Machine Vision) - Part 1: Control, configuration management, recipe management, result management
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OPC UA Companion Specification Vision - Part 1: Control, configuration management, recipe management, result management
In the smart factory of the future, machines must speak the same language. The decisive factor here is the standardization of communication interfaces.
Capture the essence of the new Companion Specifications for robotics and machine vision within minutes.
• Interoperable, vendor-independent and skill-based • Developed together with 26 partners • Industry 4.0 becomes reality
Interoperable, vendor-independent, capability-based
The Integrated Assembly Solutions (IAS) has agreed to implement the vision of industry 4.0, i.e. all participants and assets (machines, plants, workpieces, etc.) in the company communicate with each other, into reality. But it's still a rocky road until then.
On 13th February 17 we start to develop a OPC UA companion specification. OPC UA is the recommended industry 4.0 communication standard.

Robot standardisation activities (ISO/TC 299)

The very dynamism of the Robotics sector means that technical standardisation plays a significant role within it; new possibilities and technological developments in robotics need to be reflected in the relevant standards.
Our current robot standardisation activities within ISO/TC 299 (until 31 Dec 2015 ISO/TC184/SC2) predominantly focus on safety aspects.
VDMA Specification "Energy performance for industrial robots“ – now available in English language
For the international robotics standardisation activities a separate Technical Committee (ISO/TC 299 "Robotics") was established on 1 January 2016.

Standardisation for Integrated Assembly Solutions

The Integrated Assembly Solutions (IAS) has agreed to implement the vision of industry 4.0, i.e. all participants and assets (machines, plants, workpieces, etc.) in the company communicate with each other, into reality. But it's still a rocky road until then.
An interview with Dr. Oliver Frager, Director R&D Mechatronics at teamtechnik Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, about the recently released VDMA Specification 66416 entitled “Machines and Lines for Handling, Assembly and Testing Technologies – Safety of Machinery for Hazards Caused by Moving Machine Parts and Definition of Operating Modes“.
Help with the implementation of DIN EN ISO 13849 is now available from your IAS department with a standard sheet.

Standardisation for Machine Vision

OPC UA for Machine Vision (OPC Machine Vision) - Part 1: Control, configuration management, recipe management, result management
Successful Machine Vision Projects! With this series of guidelines, system integrators have the appropriate tools.
In 2009, member supported trade associations began a cooperative initiative to coordinate the development of globally adopted vision standards and founded the international G3 initiative on standardization.
Suprateek Banerjee
Suprateek Banerjee
VDMA Robotics + Automation, Standardisation, Industry 4.0
(+49 69) 6603-1977
(+49 69) 6603-2977
Stefan Sagert
Stefan Sagert
VDMA Robotics + Automation, Director of the Robotics Group, Standardization Robotics
(+49 69) 66 03-15 33
(+49 69) 66 03-25 33
Etienne Axmann
Etienne Axmann
VDMA Robotics + Automation, Director of the Integrated Assembly Solutions Group
(+49 69) 6603-1530
(+49 69) 6603-2530
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