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umati: universal machine tool interface

There‘s no better connection than that of a common language – which is also true for machine tools. The easier they exchange and share information, the more efficient they are.

In a joint effort, 17 partners and VDW created umati (universal machine tool interface). It enables machine tools and peripherals to connect to customer-specific IT ecosystems – easy, secure, and seamless. umati is an open standard for machine tool users throughout the world. It serves to exploit new potentials for manufacturing of the future.

umati: strong partners developing a universal interface for machine tools.

umati: strong partners developing a universal interface for machine tools (click for full size).

After launching the project in September 2017 at EMO Hannover, machine tool builders Chiron, DMG Mori, Emag, Grob Werke, Heller, Liebherr Verzahntechnik, Trumpf and United Grinding committed themselves to the working group. Application partners GF Machining SolutionsPfiffner and control technology experts Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Fanuc, HeidenhainSiemens share their know-how as well as the ISW at Stuttgart university, with their extensive OPC UA knowledge.

Individual mapping and transformation based on OPC UA

umati is based on an OPC UA companion specification. OPC UA is the ideal communication platform for different industrial devices due to its open data model. In addition, umati realizes customer or manufacturer specific mapping and transformation of parameters through standardized configuration.

Experience umati live at EMO Hannover 2019

Mapping and transformation based on OPC UA (click for full size).

At the EMO Hannover 2019 umati will be showing a demonstration of the interface standard in a special show. Trade visitors can inform themselves about the project in hall 9 and learn how a central consolidation of the data on a demo dashboard takes place. Implementations of the common interface can be experienced at the project partners’ booths throughout the show. They feature various machines and controllers which connect to a variety of communication partners and the umati demo dashboard.

First details are available here: New dimension in networked production


umati Flyer (Version: December 2018, German)

umati Flyer (Version: December 2018, English)


Events with umati participation

16.-21.09.2019 EMO Hannover 2019   umati Showcase (Hall 9, booth E24)
17.09.2019 Forum OPC UA in the manufacturing industry (Halle 9)
20.09.2019 Forum (Halle 9)