As common with international standards, a draft of umati is presented to the (professional) public for inspection, feedback, and comments. After a deadline, the comments received will be incorporated to the greatest possible extent, such that a final standard can be adopted. In contrast to classical standardiza-tion organizations, OPC UA also includes configuration files that facilitate the setup of so-called OPC servers, which need to be implemented in the machine and then handle the actual communication.

Proof of concept recognized with great interest

umati passed a first crucial test in a showcase during the AMB 2018 tradeshow in Stuttgart/Germany. 15 machines from nine manufacturers with five control platforms were connected to numerous communication partners. Exchange of data was based on an extract of the first parameter set that had been jointly defined up to then. The participating companies report that setting up the communication network took between eight and 16 hours.
“The next important milestone for umati is the presentation of a more extensive showcase at EMO Hannover 2019. At the world’s leading trade fair for metalworking we want to present a significantly larger number of international partners participating in umati”, Broos from VDW announces. To this end, the VDW is engaged in intensive discussions with the most important market partners all over the world. In addition to the planned collaboration with companies, the VDW is working closely with its sister associations in Europe, the USA, Japan, China, South Korea, and others.

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