• German Machine Tool Builders' Association
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umati: universal machine technology interface

There’s no better connection than a common language – which is also true for machinery.

umati (universal machine technology interface) is a community of the machine building industries and their customers for the promotion and adoption of open, standardized interfaces based on OPC UA.

umati facilitates the data exchange between machines, components and installations and their integration into customer- and user-specific IT ecosystems – easily, seamlessly and securely.

An initiative to exploit new potentials for the production of the future – worldwide.


Goals of umati:

  • joint visibility and marketing of all sub-sectors of the machine building industries
  • simple, transparent communication to address end customers (= buyers/operators of machinery) and to stimulate and channel market demand
  • Creation of a neutral, global, cross-association community of companies to enforce uniform interface definitions and their implementation in all markets
  • an ecosystem to deliver on the user promise of “plug and play” across the many OPC UA standards emerging in the mechaninery industries worldwide
  • Technical infrastructure to realize comprehensive showcases, e.g. at trade fairs, and to make plug and play a tangible experience (own dashboard)


Benefits for (corporate) partners:

  • Partners involved in umati make a common user promise to their customers: “We as manufacturers of machinery jointly take care that you, dear customer, can easily access data from your machines.”
  • Companies benefit from a joint, strong, visible marketing presence through media, press, events, trade fair appearances and showcases
  • Market penetration is accelerated and simplified by a community fostering uniform data interfaces
  • (early) participating companies can actively participate in shaping the ecosystem


umati is jointly supported by VDW and VDMA and is open to participants from industry, research, organisations and networks from all over the world.


Specification supported so far:


Additive Manufacturing
Geometrical Measuring Systems
Industrial Joining Technologies
Machine Tools
Plastic and Rubber Machinery
Machine Vision
Surface Technology


Events with umati participation

10.-15.04.2023 Cimt
17.-21.04.2023 Hannover Messe
15.-19.05.2023 Ligna
18.-23.09.2023 EMO Hannover


Further information can be found at: http://www.umati.org