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VDMA Robotics partners with OPC Foundation

VDMA′s Robotics Division and the OPC Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an OPC UA Robotics Companion Specification.

A decision was made that the best way from the robotics manufacturers perspective to achieve the realization of machine to machine(M2M) communication necessary for Industrie 4.0 would be to leverage the extensive infrastructure of OPC UA.

"Robotics is a core element for Industrie 4.0. With the development of an OPC UA Companion Specification for robotics, we are making a significant leap forward in the implementation of Industrie 4.0" said Dr. Michael Wenzel, chairman of the VDMA division robotics.

First discussions, which information, data, functions and services are to be integrated into a production network and are to be mapped in OPC UA, have already been conducted.

One of the key elements of OPC UA is to provide a service-oriented architecture (SOA) that allows easy information integration between machines and robotic equipment at a horizontal and vertical level.

"The OPC Foundation is all about collaboration", said Thomas J. Burke, OPC Foundation President and Executive Director. "The extensive work that VDMA has done with all the robotics manufacturers defining a standardized information model aligns well with the OPC Foundation collaboration vision, and we expect a OPC UA companion specification will be easily rolled out by the joint working group."

VDMA guide to OPC UA

Within the VDMA, more and more areas are being integrated with the OPC Unified Architecture. A VDMA guide "Industrial 4.0 Communication with OPC UA" is currently under construction.

It is intended to support machine and plant construction during the introduction and to give recommendations for action. "Our goal is to provide a clear commitment to OPC UA in the Industrie 4.0 communication with the guide. This leads to the reduction of the barriers of small and medium-sized enterprises in the establishment and expansion of the I4.0 communication ", said Dr. Christian Mosch, of the VDMA-Forum Industrie 4.0.

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Source: Industrial Ethernet Book Issue 99 / 6
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