First standard for digital interfaces
Euromap, the European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery, has published the first standard for digital interfaces: Euromap 77. Euromap 77 enables machinery to be connected with significantly reduced effort, for example so that process data can be collected and monitored. It focuses on open, manufacturer-independent standards for Industrie 4.0 based on OPC UA (open platform communications unified architecture), an open standard for exchanging data between machines, regardless of manufacturer and platform. That makes Euromap 77 a key part of Industrie 4.0, says Jonas Schwarz, Product and Technology Manager at KraussMaffei Group GmbH in Munich.
Euromap as a driving force
Manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery want to work together under the umbrella of Euromap to drive the development of open standards for digital interfaces. As most businesses use equipment from different manufacturers, they consider such standards a core requirement for implementing Industrie 4.0 widely and successfully.
Georg Tinschert, CEO at Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH in Kottingbrunn, Austria, says, "Communication in real time is a particular challenge for industrial networks today. The new Euromap standards take that into account." Available since May 4, 2018, the standard governs data exchange between injection molding machinery and the master computer/MES (manufacturing execution system).
Dr. Harald Weber, VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery
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.
VDMAimpulse 05-2018 will be published at the end of November 2018.
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