The increasing digitalization of products and production processes requires a changed type of industrial communication. One step along the way is the Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) technology standard, standardized OPC UA interfaces, and the umati brand, which stands for the machinery and plant engineering community.
The open interface standard OPC UA is a central prerequisite for the successful introduction of Industrie 4.0 in production. OPC UA ensures the interoperability of machines and plants, which can be linked and redesigned as required via Plug & Work – platform-independent and cross-manufacturer.
In its innovation magazine “Innovations made in NRW – OPC UA / umati”, the competence network for mechanical engineering and production technology, ProduktionNRW, uses selected application and implementation examples from North Rhine-Westphalia to show how innovations in the field of Industry 4.0 can succeed! Best practices from the own production as well as from the customer side will be presented.